Ice hockey: Raiders 8 Invicta 2

PUBLISHED: 20:06 23 September 2018

Blaho Novak netted a hat-trick for Raiders against Invicta (pic John Scott)

Blaho Novak netted a hat-trick for Raiders against Invicta (pic John Scott)


Blaho Novak netted a hat-trick as Everyone Active Raiders claimed an emphatic win over Invicta at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday night.

Buoyed by their last-gasp overtime win at Peterborough the night before, but still without injured trio Ollie Baldock, Sean Barry and Mason Webster, as well as Callum Wells, the hosts needed only 29 seconds to take the lead as Juraj Huska netted at the second attempt after Adam Long had saved his initial effort.

JJ Pitchley picked up a roughing minor soon after, with Grant Bartlett going closest for the visitors on their power play.

And Long denied Huska a second, before Martins Susters was called for tripping and Dynamos had to defend a Raiders power play.

Cameron Bartlett was off-target for Invicta, before Brandon Miles was binned for roughing and Matt Foord for slashing.

Raiders could not capitalise on their two-man advantage and saw Ben Clements deny Cameron Bartlett, before Connolly was called for a delay of game minor.

The home side were awarded a penalty shot by referee Stephen Matthews, with Filip Sedivy converting to double their lead in the 13th minute.

But Huska then picked up a slashing minor and 10-minute misconduct penalty, ruling him out of the rest of the opening period, although Connolly was denied by Long after cutting in from the right wing.

And it was 3-0 when Jake Sylvester and Dan Scott combined to set up Novak to fire through the legs of Long with three minutes remaining, before former Raiders forward Joe Allen took a slashing penalty.

Long kept out another Connolly effort on the Raiders power play, before Edmund Piacka went close to a reply for Dynamos before the first break.

But the second period was only 62 seconds old when Sedivy set up Novak for his second goal of the night and Raiders fourth to leave the visitors with a mountain to climb.

Grant Bartlett fired wide from a Miles pass, before Dynamos killed off a high-sticking penalty against Ondrej Zosiak and then went on the power play themselves when Brandon Ayliffe was binned for tripping.

Clements denied Piacka, but the visitors then saw Grant Bartlett called for slashing just 27 seconds into their man advantage, before Cameron Bartlett was thwarted by the shoulder of the Raiders goalie.

Dynamos went closest still when Foord led a break and found Susters, whose first-time shot tested Clements, before Cameron Bartlett was also frustrated.

But Raiders went 5-0 up just past the midway mark as Matt Turner and John Connolly were credited with assists on Pitchley’s goal.

Clements was then given a delay of game minor penalty and lost his shutout on the Invicta power play as Susters netted from an acute angle, assisted by Piacka and Grant Bartlett.

But Raiders restored their five-goal cushion a minute later through Sylvester, as Turner picked up another assist, and they were given another power play as Jake Stedman was binned for hooking towards the end of the middle session.

Dynamos killed off more penalties against Zosiak and Grant Bartlett early in the final period, before Susters thought he had scored a second as the light went on, but it was ruled out.

Novak completed his hat-trick to make it 7-1 Raiders soon after, as Long made way for Thomas Adams to make his debut, who was then beaten seconds later by Huska.

Louis Colvin was unable to take a chance for the visitors after Susters and Piacka combined, before a penalty against Sedivy was killed off by Raiders and then Novak and Miles clashed inside the final two minutes.

And although Piacka grabbed a second goal for Invicta with 47 seconds left on the clock, it was little consolation as Raiders skated off convincing winners to complete a four-point weekend.

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