Ice hockey: Raiders 4 Guildford 4 (Raiders win on penalty shots)
PUBLISHED: 20:48 27 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 28 October 2018
Raiders made it three National League Division Two wins in a row with a penalty-shot success at Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Saturday.
Oliver Denis put visitors Guildford ahead inside two minutes, but Kamil Kinkor got Raiders back on terms, before Guildford got a shorthanded goal from Taylor Wootton.
A hooking minor against Kinkor was then killed off, before Raiders levelled matters through captain Sam Roberts.
And it was 3-2 when Tommy Huggett converted on a Raiders power play, following a tripping penalty against Jacob Rondeau-Smith, with defenceman Dan Hitchings picking up the assist.
Guildford could not convert on successive power plays early in the second session, as Bailey Chittock was called for interference, then given a 2+10 penalty for a check to the head.
Sam Austin was also binned for interference, but Raiders held on to their lead until the 38th minute when Josh Abbott finally found a way past Brad Windebank to level things up.
Abbott put Phoenix in front just 33 seconds into the final period and it looked like being the winner as Raiders suffered more penalty problems.
Lack was given a double minor for roughing, while Chittock was called for holding as Guildford lost Wootton to a game misconduct for a check from behind.
A bench minor penalty against Raiders in the 59th minute for having too many men on the ice was followed by a late hit call on Chittock, as Rob Veares picked up an abuse of official penalty.
But Raiders squared matters with just 34 seconds left on the clock through Alan Lack, assisted by Hitchings and Kinkor, to force overtime.
Neither side could find a winner during the extra period and so it went to penalty shots, with Raiders picking up the extra point after Kinkor and George Gell converted and the impressive Windebank saved two Guildford attempts.
Roberts tweeted: “3rd home win on the bounce we are rolling. Solid effort from everyone.”
Scorers, Raiders: Kamil Kinkor 1+2; Alan Lack 1+2; Sam Roberts 1; Tommy Huggett 1; Daniel Hitchings 0+2.
Phoenix: Josh Abbott 2; Oliver Denis 1+1; Taylor Wootton 1; Montgomery Gailer 0+1; Jared Lane 0+1; Jacob Rondeau-Smith 0+1.
Shots on goal: Brad Windebank (R) 10-14-9-4=37-4; Jacob Stoodley (G) 18-12-9-2=41-4.
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