Raiders Sylvester hopes they can build on wins and heaps praise on line-mate Huska

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 December 2018

Raiders forward Jake Sylvester shoots the puck against Milton Keynes Thunder (Pic: Kev Lamb)

Raiders forward Jake Sylvester shoots the puck against Milton Keynes Thunder (Pic: Kev Lamb)

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Everyone Active Raiders forward Jake Sylvester is hoping they can build on their back-to-back wins this weekend.

Raiders forward Juraj Huska rushes up the ice (Pic: Kev Lamb)Raiders forward Juraj Huska rushes up the ice (Pic: Kev Lamb)

The Romford-based club travel to National League leaders Swindon Wildcats on Saturday before returning home to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre where they will host Bracknell Bees the following night.

And the 21-year-old Sylvester, who currently sits ninth in the league scoring charts, is hoping they can use their victories against Milton Keynes Thunder and Invicta Dynamos last weekend to their advantage.

“I think a four point weekend was a must and although we had a shaky start, we finished well,” Sylvester said.

“Any time we play Invicta and MK we expect results, but moving forward we need to start putting in solid performances against the bigger teams.

“We know we’re capable of doing it and that is what we’ll be aiming to do this weekend.”

The former Chelmsford Chieftains winger also heaped praise on his line-mate Juraj Huska for reaching for a new milestone at the club.

The 36-year-old Slovakian forward moved up to fourth in the club’s all-time scoring ranks behind only Danny Marshall, Gord Jeffrey and Rob Stewart after picking up six points last weekend.

“It’s quite the achievement for a player to get any milestone in any club’s history, but Huska has only been at the Raiders for a handful of years, and he’s done extremely well,” added Sylvester.

“Not many people can say they have achieved something like that.”

Sylvester has played on a line with the winger for a number of years, including last season and the season prior to that with local rivals Chelmsford.

“I’ve played with Huska for a few years now and it’s great I think it’s always good to have some chemistry,” he added.

“But it’s not only with Huska, I play with Ollie Baldock too and I think it’s a good balanced line because Ollie is good going forward, but is also strong minded defensively.

“I think the three of us have a good understanding of what the other is doing and where they will be on the ice.

“Contributing offensively is a good thing and to be able to keep it up over the weeks is great, but it’s a team sport and the players around me help with that contribution.”

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