Raiders NIHL 2 defenceman Hitchings honoured to open account for hometown club
PUBLISHED: 08:57 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:57 15 October 2018
Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 defenceman Daniel Hitchings was honoured to pick up his first senior goal in his side’s 8-4 win against Haringey Huskies.
The 16-year-old put the hosts ahead in the fourth minute but a cross-checking penalty against Alan Lack gave Huskies a chance to level on the power play through Lee Mercer.
“It’s a great honour, especially for my childhood team, it’s a big thing,” Hitchings said.
“Especially to get the first goal on the power play and an 8-4 win is not a bad win for us.”
Kamil Kinkor and James Buckingham picked up double minors for fighting with Raiders also seeing Brandon Webster binned for cross-checking to allow Haringey to move 2-1 up through Bryn Griffiths with another power play goal.
And former Romford junior Stephen Woodford put Huskies 3-1 up late in the first period, a lead they held until past the midway point when Roberts netted on a Raiders power play.
The gloves came off again seconds later, with Raiders seeing Webster and Clint Walton binned for four and 14 minutes respectively, while Haringey lost Mercer for 14 minutes and Buckingham to a game misconduct.
Kinkor levelled matters once the dust settled, but tempers frayed again as Lack clashed with Luke Martin-Digby, with Haringey’s Jack Lee earning a 10-minute misconduct penalty and Woodford given a 2+2+10 penalty for leaving the bench.
Webster converted on a Raiders power play before the end of the middle session to put them 4-3 up and George Gell grabbed their fifth with just over 10 minutes remaining.
“It was a long period with all the fights and everything that went on, but it is what it is at the end of the day.”
A tripping penalty against Seb Downing gave Lack the chance to make it 6-3 on the power play, before Huskies saw Joseph Willingham beat Brad Windebank for their fourth goal of the night.
It was only a consolation, though, as Roberts and Lack claimed their second goals of the game in the closing minutes to cap a second win of the season for the newcomers.
“We came through, we dug deep, everyone got together and we got the win.
“Our game plan towards the end did change a bit, the first period was shocking, but second and third we did pull it back.
“We want to try getting a winning streak going now.”