The Invicta Dynamos saw their five game unbeaten streak come to an end on Sunday night as they went down 6-2 at the hands of the Chelmsford Chieftains in Essex despite goals from Nicky Lewis and Eriks Ozollapa.
The Dynamos travelled to the Riverside minus the services of the injured Adam McNicoll and Bailey Wootton, whilst Grant Baxter, Haydn Wootton and Damien Welch also failed to make the roster.The first period opened with both teams attempting to stretch the play across the ice pad and it was Chelmsford who succeeded early on by becoming first on the scoresheet. Matt Turner had a simple tap-in for the opening goal after Danny Hammond squared the puck across the Invicta crease to the unmarked forward leaving Damien King no chance at 04.57. Invicta were soon level though – Eriks Ozollapa on the receiving end of a hook from Andrius Kaminskas which gave the Mos a powerplay and Ondrej Zosiak found in space by Steve Osman who in turn picked out Nicky Lewis for the equaliser at 08.19. A couple of minutes later and Ozollapa put the visitors into a 2-1 lead with a thunderous shot beyond Ben Clements’ left shoulder at 11.56 – Arran Strawson and Josh Condren claiming assists. The Dynamos then tried in vain to hold the edge going into the first period break but, when Harrison Lillis was penalised for holding by the two man referee system of Nick Stephenson and Stefan Hogarth with three minutes remaining, it left the Mos defending a powerplay which Cameron Bartlett used to full effect by scoring from distance to make it 2-2.
The second period was more a period of frustration if anything for Kevin Parrish’s side. The puck was in the wrong end of the ice pad most of the frame and Matt Turner’s second goal of the game on 20.59 and a further goal from ex-Dynamo Danny Hammond at 36.27 increased the home side’s lead to 4-2. Invicta only recorded seven shots on goal in the period – Eriks Ozollapa making the best opportunity when he robbed the puck from Julian Smith but, after carrying the puck towards Ben Clements, he fired over the bar.
With all to play for in the third period it was further frustration for the Dynamos fans. Chelmsford went on to chalk up a further two goals Juraj Huska at 47.34 and captain Julian Smith at 56:31 to give the home side a comfortable 6-2 victory. Joshua Condren came closest for the Mos in the final period but his shot hit the goal frame and the visitors would succumb to defeat for the first time in six games.
So it was a loss in Chelmsford where the Chieftains took control in the second and never looked like letting their grasp on the two points slip from then on. Man of the match award for thee Mos went to Damien King for the second time in two nights – King walking away with an 86.67% save percentage having faced 45 shots at goal. For the hosts, goal scorer and captain Julian Smith collected the beers.
Written by Lee Allen.