Raiders rebound on coast
PUBLISHED: 08:36 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:36 22 September 2014
National League: Solent 1 London Raiders 4
Raiders returned from the south coast with both National League points after victory on Solent’s small rink last night.
Player-coach Danny Marshall welcomed goalie Michael Gray back from a two-match suspension, held over from last season, and saw him turn in a man of the match display between the pipes, making no fewer than 62 saves.
The visitors also handed debuts to Haydn and Taylor Wootton – who joined elder brother Bailey on the bench – and young Josh Condren, son of former Raiders defenceman Steve.
Both sides failed to capitalise on early powerplay chances, before Raiders opened the scoring with a man advantage in the 15th minute.
Solent’s Andrew Campbell had just been called for tripping when Raiders captain AJ Smith fired through the legs of Connor Standing from just inside the blue line.
The scoreline remained unchanged until early in the middle session when Raiders doubled their advantage while shorthanded.
Stephen Deacon was serving a holding minor when Czech import Jakub Klima raced clear to score and Raiders moved 3-0 up just past the midway mark when Klima’s shot was saved and skipper Smith swept home the rebound for his second of the night.
Raiders killed off penalties against Perry Richardson, Vaclav Drabek and Phil Manny before the end of the period, but Solent eventually struck on a powerplay in the 47th minute as Mitchell Murray swept home a centre from Alex Cole while Dan Peters was sidelined on a cross-checking minor.
The home side withdrew Standing for an extra skater in the closing stages, but the move backfired as Drabek fired into the empty net for the fourth Raiders goal of the night as they got back to winning ways following a home defeat against Bracknell a week earlier.
Solent: M Murray 1 Cole 0+1 Magee 0+1.
Raiders: Smith 2 Klima 1+1 Drabek 1 Marshall 0+1 Davis 0+1 Oliver 0+1.
Shots faced: Standing (Solent) 46 Gray (Raiders) 63.
Penalty minutes: Solent 38 Raiders 40.