Ice hockey: Raiders 5 Chelmsford 6
PUBLISHED: 20:09 01 February 2020 | UPDATED: 20:50 01 February 2020
Romford Junior Raiders came up just short after an entertaining Essex derby with Chelmsford at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday.
Having lost 8-1 to the Chieftains at the Riverside Arena two weeks earlier, which left them 3-0 down in the head-to-head series by an aggregate score of 22-7, Raiders took the lead through Ewan Hill.
Czech import Jan Marcilis doubled their advantage on a power play late in the first period, but the visitors hit back to halve the deficit just two seconds before the break through Adam Jakopin.
Great Britain under-18 international Hill restored the two-goal cushion with his second of the night in the second period, but Chieftains rallied to get themselves on level terms thanks to Grant Bartlett and Tom Wilson.
Alan Lack put Raiders, who were without suspended import Vilius Krakauskas, back in front before the midway point of the middle session to set up a tense final stanza, but the visitors turned things around with a quickfire double after the restart through captain Ross Brears and TJ Fillery, who netted 19 seconds apart.
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And although Raiders tied it up again with a power play goal from Hill to complete his hat-trick with just over two minutes to play,, following a match penalty to Bartlett, it was not enough as high-flying Chelmsford took the spoils by the odd goal in 11 with a last-minute shorthanded goal from Brears.
Scorers, Raiders: Ewan Hill 3+1, Alan Lack 1+2, Jan Marcilis 1+1, Tommy Huggett 0+2, Matt Brown 0+1, Donald Campbell 0+1, Stevie Dunnage 0+1.
Chieftains: Ross Brears 2+1, Grant Bartlett 1+1, TJ Fillery 1, Tom Wilson 1, Adam Jakopin 1, James Ayling 0+2, Cameron Bartlett 0+1, Matt Turner 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Raiders 14 Chieftains 61.
Shots on goal: Jacob Stoodley (R, 59.30) 13-9-9=31-6; Sonny Phillips (C) 12-11-11=34-5.