The Invicta Dynamos secured their biggest win of the season so far as goals from Steve Osman (2), Eriks Ozollapa, Ondrej Zosiak, Bailey Wootton and Joshua Condren saw them overcome the London Raiders 6-1 at the SilverBlades on Sunday.
After an impeccably observed minute long silence to mark Remembrance Sunday the Mos flew out of the traps and had lit the lamp as early as 01.24 – Joshua Condren speeding down the right flank and sending a wrist shot beyond Michael Gray at his near post for his first in a Dynamos jersey. The hosts would command the opening exchanges and only Gray stopped them doubling their lead with a string of stops as Steve Osman and Bailey Wootton snapped at a loose puck on the edge of his crease. Wootton’s redirect right in front from an Osman centring pass then forced the London goalie into an outstretched leg save and the netminder was needed again to block Eriks Ozollapa right in front after the Latvian had robbed Robert Veares. However, if the Mos had started the stronger, the Raiders finished the better and had a string of opportunities that went begging late on. Frankie Harvey really should have equalised when the puck found him unmarked at the back stick with the net at his mercy but the forward fired high allowing Damien King to divert over the bar. Michael Oravec then had a personal duel with the Mos shot stopper who halted him three times – the first a wrister form tight right, the second a breakaway ending with an unsuccessful shot to the five-hole and the last a counter that concluded with a backhand shot wide of the near post.
Having found the net within 84 seconds of the puck drop in the first, the Dynamos beat that quick start in the second with a strike at 20.13 – Eriks Ozollapa centring from the left boards and Steve Osman drilling in low on the turn from the slot to make it 2-0. Once again Frankie Harvey should have answered for the Raiders but his effort on the breakaway was straight down the gut of Damien King. It would prove a costly miss – the Mos countering in an instant and Ondrej Zosiak skating over the blue line just left of centre and unleashing a slapshot that flew into the bottom right corner for 3-0. To frustrate the Raiders further Marek Nahlik was denied by King having danced his way around Andy Henderson to go in on goal but his backhand effort was met by the outstretched leg of the goalie. Nevertheless a resistant King was eventually beaten at 32.14 – Liam Chong skipping out from behind the net and turning in over the glove of the netminder at the near post for 3-1. Any celebrations were short-lived though – the hosts instantly snuffing out London’s momentum as Bailey Wootton sent Ozollapa speeding into the final third and the Latvian rifled beyond Michael Gray from the high slot with a thumping slapshot at 32.47.
In the third period Marek Nahlik again found Damien King unbeatable at point blank range before the Mos put the clash to bed with a pair of quick-fire goals. The first of the duo came at 42.20 – Bailey Wootton’s pass inside from wide left finding Eriks Ozollopa in front who tapped back to Steve Osman with a one touch pass and the former Oxford man found the five-hole for 5-1. At 45.10 it was 6-1 as the same trio combined superbly again – this time Ozollapa searching out Osman deep left who fizzed a diagonal to the back post where a waiting Wootton diverted home for the last of the night. By now London had lost their way but they still came close to pulling one back – Nahlik confirming that it wasn’t his night as he fired onto the foot of the upright from close range. As time wound down Wootton came close to a second with another redirect following an Ozollapa pass whilst Jacob Ranson also forced Michael Gray into a late save. To end the evening Head Coach Kevin Parrish then made it a landmark night for the Wootton family as the full trio of Bailey, Taylor and Haydn took to the ice together for the first time in a Mos jersey.
So it was an emphatic win for the Dynamos – the scoreline perhaps flattering them slightly but the hosts unquestionably the better outfit. In attack the Mos exhibited more flair and guile than previous weeks with the first line threesome of Eriks Ozollapa, Steve Osman and Bailey Wootton impressing up the ice. Meanwhile Damien King was a formidable object the other end of the ice and he secured the man of the match honours for the home side – exciting youngster Rio Grinell-Parke taking the spoils for the Raiders. A great weekend for the Dynamos – four points from four.
Written by Paul Bennett.