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Ice Hockey: Raiders 8 Swindon 2

PUBLISHED: 20:16 03 March 2019 | UPDATED: 20:16 03 March 2019

Raiders forward Tommy Huggett

Raiders forward Tommy Huggett

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Tommy Huggett’s hat-trick held Everyone Active Raiders to a comfortable win over lowly Swindon in National League Division Two on Sunday.

Less than 90 seconds had been played at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre when Ewan Hill gave Raiders the lead and Huggett opened his account in the eighth minute.

After Raiders killed off a hooking penalty against Callum Burnett, George Gell got in on the act with the home side’s third goal, then set up Huggett for his second to complete the first-period scoring.

Raiders survived another shorthanded spell either side of the first break after a tripping call against Matt Brown, before Dan Hitchings and Swindon’s Jason Warren were given coincidental minors for delay of game and slashing.

Huggett completed his hat-trick to make it 5-0, before Hill grabbed his second less than a minute later.

And when Swindon’s Harry Llewellyn was binned for tripping in the final minute of the middle period, Raiders needed only six seconds to convert on the power play through Hitchings.

Brandon Webster made it 8-0, assisted by Hill and captain Sam Roberts, at the start of the final session before Swindon – beaten 7-1 at Guildford on Saturday night – broke Raiders shut out as Llewellyn beat Thomas Adams, who had replaced Brad Windebank.

The visitors struck again on a late power play through Eliot Randall, after Stevie Dunnage was binned for slashing, but it was little consolation as Raiders skated off comfortable winners.

Raiders: Tommy Huggett 3, Ewan Hill 2+1, George Gell 1+3, Brandon Webster 1+3, Dan Hitchings 1+2, Sam Roberts 0+3, Matt Hamilton 0+1.

Swindon: Harry Llewellyn 1, Eliot Randall 1, Mason Lipsey 0+1, Jason Warren 0+1.

Shots faced: Brad Windebank (R, 40.00) 11-5=16-0, Thomas Adams (R, 20.00) 10-2; Kyle Landells (S) 15-15-19=49-8.


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