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London Raiders visit Invicta Dynamos on opening day

PUBLISHED: 20:01 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:03 03 August 2016

London Raiders import Marek Nahlik prepares for a face-off against Invicta's Nicky Lewis during one of last season's meetings between the clubs (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders import Marek Nahlik prepares for a face-off against Invicta's Nicky Lewis during one of last season's meetings between the clubs (pic: John Scott)

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Ranson relishing chance to go up against former club

Forward Jacob Ranson playing for the Invicta Dynamos against London Raiders last seasonForward Jacob Ranson playing for the Invicta Dynamos against London Raiders last season

London Raiders will begin the new ice hockey season with a trip to fierce rivals Invicta Dynamos.

The two sides will meet in Gillingham in a cup fixture on Sunday, September 18, with Raiders looking to improve on their record from last year’s meetings, when they lost seven and drew one of eight matches.

And it means an early return to his former club for Jacob Ranson, who rejoined Raiders this summer after a season with the Dynamos, where he was named the Suppoters’ Player of the Year.

He said: “I had a hunch that one might pop-up first!

“It;s going to be a weird one starting the season at the place that was my home rink last season, as I enjoyed my time there and the fans were great.

“But I’m looking forward to going back there and getting off to a good start to the campaign with the gold and blue.

“I think we’ve got a great group of guys signed so far and with this squad, plus a couple more, we could surprise a few teams.”

Raiders take to the Lee Valley ice for the first time for a league match against Oxford six days later.

Alan Blyth’s men face an early trip to the Isle of Wight on Saturday, October 1 for another cup match, and entertain defending champions Chelmsford for the first time two weeks later.

A home meeting with the Isle of Wight is sure to provide some fireworks on Sunday, November 6 and Raiders face a home-and-away double-header with Streatham at the end of that month.

They end 2016 with another trip to Invicta for a league match on December 18, before a two-week festive break, and return to action in 2017 with a double-header against Solent Devils on the weekend of January 7-8.

Raiders end the regular season with a trip to Chelmsford on March 19, with the play-offs set to take place on the weekends of April 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16.

London Raiders 2016/17

Sept 18: Invicta (C, 6.30)

Sept 24: OXFORD

Sept 25: Streatham (C, 6.45)

Oct 1: Isle of Wight (C, 5.30)

Oct 2: BRACKNELL

Oct 9: ISLE OF WIGHT (C)

Oct 15: CHELMSFORD (C)

Oct 22: INVICTA (C)

Oct 23: Oxford (6.15)

Oct 29: STREATHAM (C)

Oct 30: M Keynes (6.30)

Nov 6: ISLE OF WIGHT

Nov 12: OXFORD

Nov 13: Solent (7.00)

Nov 19: INVICTA

Nov 20: Chelmsford (C, 6.30)

Nov 26: STREATHAM

Nov 27: Streatham (6.45)

Dec 3: Isle of Wight (5.30)

Dec 4: BRACKNELL

Dec 10: ISLE OF WIGHT

Dec 11: Chelmsford (6.30)

Dec 17: M KEYNES

Dec 18: Invicta (6.30)

Jan 7: SOLENT

Jan 8: Solent (7.00)

Jan 14: CHELMFORD

Jan 15: Bracknell (6.00)

Jan 28: INVICTA

Jan 29: M Keynes (6.30)

Feb 11: Bracknell (6.00)

Feb 12: Invicta (6.30)

Feb 18: CHELMSFORD

Feb 19: Streatham (6.45)

March 4: Isle of Wight (5.30)

March 5: SOLENT

March 11: STREATHAM

March 12: Oxford (6.15)

March 18: M KEYNES

March 19: Chelmsford (6.30)

(C)=cup; home matches in CAPITALS, face-off at 5.30pm. All fixtures subject to change.

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