It was a tough night on the road for the Invicta Dynamos on Thursday night as they lost 9-1 at the hands of the Chelmsford Chieftains as the Essex outfit claimed the Southeast Trophy.
The Mos had to battle the traffic on the M25 and Dartford Crossing, arriving at the Essex rink later than planned and without forward Callum Fowler. Import Eriks Ozollapa tested out an injury but couldn’t play and had to watch on along with Bailey Wootton. Without three forwards, the Dynamos looked to be lacking firepower but they would struggle equally at the other end too. Head Coach, Kevin Parrish elected to mix and match his normal lines to give everyone a good amount of ice time knowing very little rested on the fixture with the Trophy all but in the bag for the Essex side. With that in mind, it came as no real surprise that the Mos found themselves three goals down in the opening five minutes. It took only 54 seconds for former Dynamo Juraj Huska to fire past Damien King and give the Chieftains the opener. Then, less than two minutes later, Oleg Lesenko doubled the advantage for the home side to set them well on their way. At 04.36 Darren Brown would find himself in front of goal with only the netminder to beat and he too made no mistake to put the hosts 3-0 up. Shell shocked from conceding so many so early, the Dynamos shook themselves down and started to battle. Twice King denied Danny Hammond whilst, at the other end, both Arran Strawson and Ondrej Zosiak tried their luck from distance but to no avail. A penalty against Damien Welch with little over two minutes to go until the end of the frame was then punished as Chelmsford made full use of the numerical advantage – Lesenko grabbing his second of the night for the 4-0 lead.
The Dynamos came out in the second period looking to challenge and for large parts looked the better side – the visitors duly rewarded in the 30th minute when Arran Strawson fired home from just inside the blue line. This prompted Chelmsford to go up another gear and former Dynamo, Charlie Phillips, was to get himself on the scoresheet in the 35th minute.
At 5-1 going into the final period, the Dynamos gave King little over four more minutes in goal before giving Steve Nightingale a run out. He was busy from the off and he conceded four minutes after coming onto the ice – this time Lukas Zatopek thundering home from the blue line. Nightingale was on hand to deny Chelmsford time and time again but, even with Zatopek off the ice for holding, the home side scored a shorthanded goal as Ayling collected the puck from the air and Hammond followed up to score. It was to be 8-1 in the 55th minute – Huska blasting past his former team-mate – and the two would face each other again in the 59th minute, Nightingale beaten by the former Dynamo once more.
So it was a heavy defeat for the Mos but at 9-1 the scoreline looks harsh on a side down on their options whilst Chelmsford went all out to win the game and claim the Trophy. Knocks to Jack Lee and Joshua Condren were a slight cause for concern to a Dynamos team that will needed to dust themselves off quickly with the Oxford City Stars arriving for league action on Saturday.
Written by Lee Allen.