National League: Cardiff Fire 1 London Raiders 6
PUBLISHED: 11:19 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 December 2017
London Raiders returned from their long trip to Wales with the National League points after a solid display on Saturday.
After failing to capitalise on an early power play chance, they took the lead in the eighth minute through Slovakian import Juraj Huska.
And when Cardiff’s Jordan Powell was binned for slashing midway through the first period, the visitors needed only 29 seconds to make their extra man count as Ollie Baldock made it 2-0.
Raiders could not add to their tally during a scoreless middle session, despite outshooting the hosts 20-7.
But the gloves came off in the 37th minute as JJ Pitchley clashed with Tamas Elias and Brandon Ayliffe tangled with Samuel Bryant.
Pitchley and Elias picked up six minutes in penalties each, while Ayliffe and Bryant were ejected with game misconduct penalties.
The final period was barely 90 seconds old when man of the match Huska found the back of the net for the second time and Alan Lack made it 4-0 with just over 11 minutes remaining.
Matt Turner got in on the act with the fifth, less than two minutes later, and long-serving defenceman Jack Cooper claimed only his second goal in over 100 appearances to make it 6-0 with less than two minutes left on the clock.
Cooper was then give a double minor penalty for fighting and Cardiff ended the shutout hopes of Michael Gray during the power play as Elias grabbed a late consolation with 41 seconds remaining in the match.
Tensions continued to run high as the game drew to a close, with Lack picking up a roughing minor seven seconds from the buzzer.
But Raiders skated off as comfortable winners and welcome leaders Peterborough to Lee Valley on Sunday (5.30pm).
The club are holding their first-ever ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ during the match in support of chosen charity the National Autistic Society.
Many have been donated and will be available at the merchandise table, with all proceeds going to the charity.
Scorers, Cardiff: Tamas Elias 1, Chris Hart 0+1, Callum Buglass 0+1.
Raiders: Juraj Huska* 2+1, Matt Tuurner 1+1, Ollie Baldock 1+1, Jack Cooper 1, Alan Lack 1, JJ Pitchley 0+2, Jake Sylvester 0+2, John Connolly 0+1, Callum Wells 0+1, Julian Smith 0+1, Sean Barry 0+1, Marek Nahlik* 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Cardiff 47 Raiders 47.
Shots on goal: Jordan Lawday (C) 10-20-20=50-6; Michael Gray (L) 11-7-10=28-1.