Invicta Dynamos finished the weekend with four points after a comfortable 9-1 win against the Haringey Huskies saw them secure their first win in the NIHL Southern Cup.
Dynamos were without Brandon Webster, Owen Dell, Gregor McAllen and Owen Rider. Huskies were missing James Hepburn, Ricky Rutherford, Lee Mercer, Matt France, James Pentecost and Ruth Cattell. Zac Grandy-Smith started in net for the Dynamos and Daniel Lane for the Huskies.
Dynamos were on an early powerplay as Ryan McFarlane was sent to the box for a two-minute hooking penalty. Player/coach Anthony Leone tried his luck against Lane but the netminder caught his shot. The hosts then went from powerplay to penalty kill as Dale Buckland received a two-
minute slashing penalty. When they returned to full strength, Juraj Huska opened the scoring at 07:33 on the rebound from point blank left.
Soon after the Slovakian tried for his second of the night with a blue line wrist shot but the puck flew over the net. The Huskies then levelled the score at 1-1 as Stephen Woodford fired over the pads of Zack Grandy-Smith at 14:14 from between the circles.
Following the leveller a scramble in front of the Huskies net saw Jake Stedman thrown into the side of the goal frame. Captain Ryan Giles stormed in and the defenceman exchanged a few shoves with Bryn Griffiths – the pair each receiving two minutes for roughing. End of period one and the score was all tied up at 1-1.
Start of the second period and Stedman put the Dynamos back in front with a shot from the right wing that beat Lane at his near post at 21:17.
Not long after the goal Huska fell to the ice due to a stick being caught in his skate and Stuart Appleby received a two-minute tripping penalty which gave the hosts a powerplay. With the man advantage, Dynamos forward Conor Redmond received a pass from Stedman and scrambled in front of the net before knocking over the line for goal number three at 23:45.
After being a man up, the Mos were then a man down with Buckland receiving a two-minute hooking penalty. They continued to attack though and Huska received a pass in the neutral zone before racing up the ice and towards Lane alone, and slotting beyond Lane for a shorthanded strike at 26.47.
Buckland was not long out of the penalty box when he received a two-minute interference penalty having landed a huge hit on Gheorghe Dragomir. Undeterred the hosts secured another shorthanded effort as Leone skated the entire length of the ice before sending a shot into the top right corner of the net to make it 5-1 at 35:50.
Not long after, Huska completed his hat-trick as he sent the puck flying towards the goal from the left circle and beyond the netminder for 6-1 at 38.07 – a lead they carried into the second period break.
The final frame begun with the Mos still on the attack and a shot from Filip Sedivy almost extended their lead but it hit the goal frame and bounced to safety. Dynamos pinned the Huskies in their end and further shots came from Leone, Redmond and Strawson. Haringey then swapped netminders at 50:44 as Matthew Brown took over from Lane.
Strawson and Matt Hepburn exchange words and tussled behind the Dynamos net in a brief wrestling match as a result of Hepburn checking the defenceman when he was not in possession. Hepburn picked up a minor for interference and Strawson the same but for roughing. Soon after Dragomir caught Giles’ legs and the defencemen fell to the ice resulting in the Hungarian also picking up two minutes for tripping.
On the powerplay Redmond grabbed his second of the night as he fired home a pass from Huska for a hefty 7-1 lead at 56.00.
Defenceman Giles ended up in the penalty box after hooking a Huskies forward giving a powerplay to the Huskies but the Mos continued to attack relentlessly until the final buzzer. Dynamos were back in the Huskies zone as Stedman fire to the crease from close right and Elliot Farrell guided into the net for a shorthanded goal at 57:23.
It would be back to back shorthanded goals as Leone grabbed the last of the evening at 57:59 by firing into the twine from close range to complete the 9-1 rout.
Written by Hannah Lawrence.