Invicta Dynamos made it four straight wins in 2020 with another four point weekend as they beat Milton Keynes Thunder 12-1 on Sunday night at Planet Ice Gillingham. Goals from Juraj Huska (3), Tomas Banovsky (2), Anthony Leone (2), Tom Davis (2), Owen Dell, Brandon Webster and Henry Aiken secured the Dynamos the formidable 12-1 victory.
Zach Grandy-Smith started between the pipes for the Dynamos while Graham Laverick started for Thunder.
After puck drop Dynamos’ Conor Redmond tried for the opening goal but was denied by Laverick who sent the puck into the corner. The first powerplay then came for the Mos as Tom Stephens received a two-minute tripping penalty. With the extra man defenceman Ryan Giles sent a slapshot towards Laverick but the netminder knocked it aside to kill the penalty.
Soon after Mos forward Tomas Banovsky fired a shot from the blue line and the puck slid beyond Laverick for the opener at 07:27. The Dynamos then pinned Thunder in their end and when Elliot Farrell passed the puck to Owen Dell in the slot the forward fired off the underside of the crossbar for goal two at 10:33.
After the strike the Thunder gave away another powerplay as they received a two-minute tripping penalty and Juraj Huska quickly made his presence felt with a shot from close left that beat Laverick to make it 3-0 at 11:49.
Dynamos continued to frequently occupy the Thunder zone and Farrell, Banovsky and Dell all linked up but Dell was unable beat the netminder when looking for his second of the night. Moments later Luke Thirkettle tired his luck but Laverick knocked his shot to safety and Redmond was unable to control the rebound.
At 18:09 the Thunder scored their one goal of the night as Sam Chandler shot the puck from far right and Julien Baeumlin managed to guide it beyond Grandy-Smith from right in front. Down the other end player coach Anthony Leone fed the puck to Huska who deked Laverick, but the net was pushed off its moorings by Stephens and no goal was given. Stephens received a two-minute delay of game penalty. End of the first period and the Dynamos led 3-1.
Second period began with the Dynamos still on the powerplay however they were unable to increase their lead. Soon after though Banovsky got his second of the night as he stick-handled through the Thunder team straight down the middle of the ice and sent the puck beyond Laverick for 4-1 at 28:45.
Dynamos stand-in defenceman Tom Davis received a two-minute penalty for tripping but the Mos continued to dominate. Shorthanded, Leone sent the puck flying towards Huska who was waiting on the blue line and the Slovak managed to steer past Laverick for his second of the night – goal five for the Dynamos scored at 32:03. The four goal cushion was the signal for the Mos to replace Grandy-Smith in net with youngster Owen Rider.
Not long after the restart the coach himself got his first of the night as Ryan Morgan passed the puck to Leone who was waiting high slot and Leone fired low beyond Laverick for 6-1 at 36:52. Another Leone goal came less than a minute later as Huska passed to his coach who managed to fire in at the back post at 37:22.
Brandon Webster was then called for a two-minute tripping penalty just before the end of the second period. End of the second and the Dynamos led 7-1.
Milton Keynes replaced Graham Laverick in net for his brother Hayden Laverick for the final frame. The Dynamos started the third shorthanded but, even so, Huska raced up the ice and deked past the Thunder defenceman and shot beyond Laverick to complete his hat-trick at 40:55.
Thunder’s powerplay expired and they went straight onto a penalty kill as Ryan James received a two-minute tripping penalty. Davis made use of the powerplay as he slammed the puck home from the top of the right circle 41:57 to make it 9-1. Thunder attempted to reply as S. Chandler skated down the ice but Dale Buckland stopped him in his tracks with a huge hit mid-ice. The hosts were then in double figures as Davis scored his second of the night – driving a slapshot beyond Laverick from the circle.
Webster finally managed to get a shot beyond Laverick after many attempts to join the others on the scoresheet by roofing over the netminder for 11-1 at 47:30. Thunder’s Zac Chamberlain immediately picked up a 10-minute misconduct penalty after the goal as the forward threw his stick into the boards.
Goal 12 for the Dynamos, and the last of the night, came as Henry Aiken sent a shot from the blue line through traffic that screened Laverick and between his legs for 12-1. It was a first goal of the season for the Dynamos defenceman who was more than happy about his achievement.
Dynamos youngster Gregor McAllan then tried to join in the scoring late on but was unable to get the puck beyond Laverick. End of the game and the Dynamos won 12-1. Four game winning streak for the Dynamos.
Thunder’s Julien Baeumlin got man of the match for scoring their goal. Henry Aiken got man of the match for the Dynamos to celebrate his first goal at the club.
Written by Hannah Lawrence.