Raiders return to scalp Redskins
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 February 2015
National League: Streatham 2 London Raiders 4
London Raiders sent out a message to the rest of the National League with a fine win over the Redskins last night.
Streatham had beaten leaders Chelmsford home and away a week earlier and claimed a 3-2 win on the Isle of Wight on Saturday.
But Raiders, with Chris Douglas in superb form between the pipes, dug deep on their return from a blank weekend to claim a victory that boosts their play-off hopes.
Douglas, returning to a Raiders jersey after a decade, made 16 saves in a scoreless opening period, as Raiders failed to take advantage of a two minute spell of 5-on-3 late in the session.
Streatham import Sean Scarborough opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, but the visitors, despite being without Grant Taylor and Dan Peters, turned the match on its head with two goals in 11 seconds just past the midway mark.
Bailey Wootton levelled with a stunning piece of individual skill, deflecting a pass from captain Tom Davis between his own legs to beat Will Sanderson from close range.
And linemate Jacob Ranson then put Raiders ahead on the very next shift, pouncing on a loose puck in front of the net to claim his 10th goal of the campaign.
After failing to capitalise on a tripping penalty against Redskins forward Callum Best, Raiders survived a shorthanded spell of their own when Alan Lack was binned for interference.
The match remained on a knife edge heading into the last 20 minutes and Raiders were unable to turn another man advantage in their favour when Dominic Hopkins was binned for tripping.
But a holding call against Best soon after gave them another powerplay opportunity and they made it count as Stephen Deacon stickhandled his way through the home defence to score another impressive goal.
Liam Chong made it 4-1 when deflecting Wootton’s effort past Sanderson with eight minutes left, with Robbie Brown earning a 10-minute misconduct penalty for his comments to the officials.
And a second goal from Scarborough was purely a consolation for the home side as Douglas claimed the man of the match award for Raiders after making 44 saves in total.
Raiders will look to maintain their momentum when they welcome Bracknell Hornets to Lee Valley next Saturday (February 14).
Scorers, Streatham: Scarborough* 2 Best 0+2 Bates 0+1 Hopkins 0+1.
Raiders: Wootton 1+2 Deacon 1 Chong 1 Ranson 1 Davis 0+2 Drabek* 0+1.
Shots on goal: Sanderson (Streatham) 33 Douglas (Raiders 46).
Penalty minutes: Streatham 22 Raiders 6.
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