Ice hockey: Raiders 2 Bracknell Bees 5
PUBLISHED: 19:56 08 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:36 09 September 2018
Raiders slipped to defeat in their challenge match against Bracknell at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre in Romford on Saturday.
The hosts took the ice without import Juraj Huska but with Filip Sedevy making his debut after replacing Martin Jakubek in the line-up.
Ben Clements started between the posts for Raiders, who fell behind early on as Shaun Thompson netted an early power play goal.
The visitors doubled their lead when Aidan Doughty pounced on a loose puck after Ivan Antonov’s shot was blocked, but Raiders replied when Ollie Baldock fired home from a face-off as the home side enjoyed a power play.
Dean Skinns denied Jake Sylvester before Bees moved 3-1 up as James Galazzi tipped in a shot from in front of the net.
And Scott Spearing pushed home a bobbling puck in the middle period to claim Bracknell’s fourth goal of the night to leave Raiders up against it.
JJ Pitchley responded soon after but Bees went 5-2 up when Ben Paynter netted his first goal for the club.
And Raiders could not make their pressure count in the early part of the final period, as Bees weathered the storm, and Matt Turner missed a good chance at the far post when Galazzi was binned for hooking.
Dean Skinns and Clements made impressive saves at either end of the ice, as the scoreline remained unchanged and Bees skated off with the win.
Antonov and Baldock took the man of the match awards for their teams, who meet again in Bracknell on Sunday.
Raiders: JJ Pitchley 1; Ollie Baldock 1; Matt Turner 0+1.
Bees: James Galazzi 1+1; Aidan Doughty 1; Shaun Thompson 1; Ben Paynter 1; Scott Spearing 1; Ivan Antonov 0+2; Edward Knaggs 0+1; Ryan Sutton 0+1; Joshua Smith 0+1; George Hoang 0+1; Joshua Martin 0+1.
Shots faced: Ben Clements (R) 15-14-9=38-5; Dean Skinns (B) 8-11-11=30-2.
Penalty minutes: Raiders 22 Bees 6.