Raiders on cloud nine
PUBLISHED: 08:01 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 25 March 2013
Streatham 3 Romford 9; Romford 9 Peterborough 0
Romford Raiders ended their league and cup group schedules with a pair of convincing wins at the weekend.
Having seen their own title hopes ended a week earlier by Essex rivals Chelmsford, who went on to claim the crown on Saturday, Raiders skated to a 9-3 success over Streatham in south London.
They were kept at bay until the very last second of the opening period, when Juraj Huska netted on a powerplay to open the scoring.
Huska doubled Romford’s lead after the break and Frankie Harvey made it 3-0, before Jason Buckman netted the fourth.
Steven Balmer replied for Redskins but Huska and Matt Turner (powerplay) struck 36 seconds apart to put Romford, who were without Danny Marshall, Billy Phillips, Julian Smith and Andrius Kaminskas, 6-1 up at the second interval.
Huska grabbed his fourth in the first minute of the final stanza, after Streatham had replaced starting goalie Will Sanderson with Stefan Nubert, and AJ Smith got in on the act soon after.
Joe Johnston netted Streatham’s second, before Shaun Yardley made it 9-2 and Michal Oravec’s late reply was little consolation for the hosts.
Romford clinched third place in the final table, six points adrift of champions Chelmsford, and will face sixth-placed Bracknell in the first round of the play-offs next month.
They turned their attention to their last cup fixture last night, needing a win over Peterborough to leapfrog Invicta and book a final date with Chelmsford.
Having skated to an 11-1 success in Peterborough in January, the result was never in doubt, although they did have to wait until the seventh minute for Huska to get the ball rolling.
AJ Smith and Shaun Wallis added further markers to make it 3-0 at the first break, with defenceman David Oliver adding his name to the scoresheet just past the midway mark.
Tom Davis netted twice in under a minute to make it 6-0 after two periods and, after Yardley and Huska had added to their weekend tallies, completed his hat-trick and a 9-0 success in the final minute.
Shane Kemp turned aside all 31 shots that came his way to record Romford’s shutout but can expect a tougher time against the Chieftains in the two-legged final next weekend.
Raiders host the first match at Rom Valley Way on Saturday and will be looking to set the record straight after their recent 8-1 derby defeat on home ice.
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