Raiders hit by Wight blitz
PUBLISHED: 11:02 03 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 January 2016
National League: London Raiders 2 Isle of Wight 4
London Raiders made a losing start to the new year against their namesakes at Lee Valley last night.
Without starting goalie Michael Gray, they saw the visitors beat back-up goalie George Alley four times in a seven-minute spell in the middle period to take control of proceedings.
And the home side, who were also missing Mason Webster, could not haul their way back in the closing session as they slipped to a third successive defeat.
Wight dominated a scoreless opening period, but could not take advantage of a delay of game penalty against Rob Jenner or a bench minor for too many men on the ice as the scoreline remained blank.
Alley turned aside 15 shots as opposite number Matt Colclough kept out five at the other end of the rink and it remained goalless until just past the midway mark as the hosts failed to capitalise on penalties against Damon Larter (hooking) and Ben Paynter (slashing).
The deadlock was broken by Jaroslav Cesky in the 32nd minute, but it was all square again soon after as Jenner netted his first goal since rejoining the club, having just served an interference penalty.
Wight regained the lead through Ryan Webb less than two minutes later and player-coach Jeremy Cornish made it 3-1, before Alex Sampford added the fourth.
The visitors had dominated the shot count 30-17 at the end of the second period and could afford to sit back and protect their lead, testing Alley just four more times in the final stanza.
Raiders saw two more powerplay chances go to waste before captain Tom Davis clashed with Jordan Gregory, who earned a roughing double minor.
Davis sat out a two-minute slashing penalty but saw his side grab their second goal of the night through import forward Marek Nahlik.
That was as good as it got, though, as Raiders failed to beat man of the match Colclough again in the closing 10 minutes.
Assistant captain David Oliver tweeted: “Heart, effort, passion. Just a few words on our performance, shame about the result but on to the next one!”
*Landlords Lee Valley Lions return to Division Two action after nearly a month to host Haringey in a London derby tonight (5.15pm).
Lions ended 2015 on a high with a 7-6 win over Slough thanks to goals from Chris Fox (2), Nick Alley (2), Ben Duffy, Matthew Eggen and Robin Young.
Scorers, Raiders: Rob Jenner 1+1 Marek Nahlik* 1+1 Tom Davis 0+1 Rio Grinell-Parke 0+1.
Wight: Alex Sampford 1+1 Jaroslav Cesky* 1+1 Jeremy Cornish* 1 Ryan Webb 1 Ben Paynter 0+2 Brendan Baird 0+1 Craig Tribe 0+1 Danny Ingoldsby 0+1 Corey Watkins 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Raiders 12 Wight 20.
Shots on goal: George Alley (L, 59:53) 15-15-4=34-4 Empty net (0:07) 0-0 Matt Colclough (W) 5-12-10=27-2.
Referee: Blaine Evans.