Invicta Dynamos finish the weekend with four points after winning 8-4 against Romford Junior Raiders in Gillingham on Sunday night. Goals from Tomas Banovsky (4), Owen Dell, Anthony Leone, Tom Davis and Elliot Farrell helped the Mos to victory by a comfortable four goal margin.
The Dynamos missed Gregor McAllen, Joe Stephenson and Mark Williams. The Junior Raiders had 14 players and two netminders.
Juraj Huska opened the game with a slapshot towards Thomas Adams but the Junior Raiders netminder managed to knock the puck away. First goal of the game then came for the visitors as Samuel Austin sent the puck flying beyond Zac Grandy-Smith and into the top corner at 06:43.
Huska passed to Davis across the net but Adams read the play and managed to stop the shot point blank range. End of the first period and Junior Raiders led 1-0.
Player/ Coach Anthony Leone started the second period off with a huge hit on Ross Cowan who fell headfirst into the boards. Dynamos then got their first of the game from Tomas Banovsky – Jake Stedman fed Owen Dell from the blue line and Dell sent the pass across the goal crease to find Banovsky who scored at 24:26.
Junior Raiders were quick to respond as Austin passed the puck across the crease of Grandy-Smith to Matt Brown who buried the puck. Goal two scored at 25:03. Less than a minute later, Banovsky got his second of the evening as he fooled the Raiders defencemen and fired the over Adams. For 2-2 at 25:48.
The Mos were now in the ascendency and another came their way as Dell received a pass from Elliot Farrell right in front and redirected beyond Adams for 3-2 at 30:58. Leone added his name to the score sheet soon after – Huska feeding him the puck at point blank range and Leone’s flick catching the back of the netminder’s skate before trickling over the line at 32:44.
Dynamos were now on fire and Davis dispatched a slapshot from the slot that flew top right into the net for 5-2 at 33:13 – the hosts tallying five goals in less than ten minutes. Only 30 seconds later Junior Raiders forward Jan Marcilis roofed over Grandy-Smith at 33:47 to cut his side’s deficit back to two and maintain his team’s interest in the tie.
Down the other end Elliot Farrell smashed the puck towards the goal with the puck hitting the underside of the bar. The team celebrated whilst goalie Adams did not think the puck had crossed the line however referee Solovjovs was in line to award the strike at 36:05.
When the action restarted the teams shoved each other in front of Grandy-Smith – Dale Buckland cross checked Marcilis but the Junior Raiders import skated away before Campbell appeared from the bench in an apparent attempt to incite a fight from Buckland. Buckland dropped his gloves and helmet immediately but Campbell skated away. Campbell escaped a penalty but Buckland received two minutes for cross checking and two minutes for interference as well as a 10-minute misconduct. End of the second period and Dynamos led 6-3.
Start of the third period and the Dynamos were on the penalty kill but they managed to kill the four-minute penalty carried over from the previous frame. Back to full strength, Banovsky achieved his hat trick as he shot the puck low and inside the far post to make it 7-3 at 41:47.
Ryan Morgan received a two-minute hooking penalty to put the Raiders on the powerplay but they fell further behind when Banovsky hit his fourth of the night, this time shorthanded, at 43:15 – Dell skated down the wing and passed to Banovsky who was ready in the slot to make it 8-3.
Soon after Davis planted a hit on Ellie Wakeling in the corner and the Junior retaliated with a hit. Davis skated away but George Gell did not appreciate his physicality on Wakeling and charged after the Mos forward with both players dropping the gloves. The bout was over quickly though as the pair briefly wrestled before slipping to the ice with no punches thrown. Both Davis and Gell received 2+2 for fighting.
The Raiders then scored their last of the night at 52:33 – Sam Roberts claiming a late consolation that made it 8-4.
With time winding down Dale Buckland then came back to the game and he was looking for a fight, but the Junior Raiders ignored his advances. With less than a minute to go, Buckland got himself a two-minute hooking penalty and then a second misconduct as he reacted to a Junior Raiders fan’s shouting by pointing at the scoreboard.
So it was a first home win of 2020 for the Invicta Dynamos as they overcame their local rivals Romford 8-4 in Gillingham to complete a four goal weekend. Man of the match awards went to Samuel Austin on the visitors and Tomas Banovsky for the hosts.
Written by Hannah Lawrence.