Raiders hit the ice running
PUBLISHED: 17:11 05 September 2011
Strong opening for Marshall’s men
Romford Raiders got the new ice hockey season off to a fine start with successive wins at the weekend.
Only 32 seconds of the new English League campaign had been played at Milton Keynes on Saturday when captain Anthony Leone opened the scoring against the Thunder.
Leone had a hand in Juraj Huska’s goal at the start of the second period before netting Romford’s third on a powerplay.
And after combining with Liam Doyle to help AJ Smith make it 4-0, Leone completed his hat-trick in the 35th minute.
Frankie Harvey grabbed Romford’s sixth goal before linking up with Matt Turner to set up Smith, who completed a 7-0 win.
Goalie Michael Gray turned aside 25 shots for his shutout and kep the Isle of Wight off the scoreboard until the first minute of the second period of Sunday’s South East Trophy meeting at Rom Valley Way.
Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall had opened the scoring in the seventh minute, then seen Lithuanian import Andrius Kaminskas become only the 17th player in club history to hit the 200-point mark with a shorthanded strike less than two minutes later.
Turner made it 3-0 at the first break, before Gray was finally beaten by Aaron Strawson on a Wight powerplay.
Marshall replied with a powerplay goal for his side, then combined with Huska to set up Jason Buckman for a first-time shot to make it 5-1.
Smith completed the scoring before the second interval to give Romford an early boost against the defending league champions.
Raiders have just one game this coming weekend, when promoted Slough come to Rom Valley Way.
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