The Invicta Dynamos made a perfect start to the year 2020 by bringing home 2 points on the road against the Slough Jets. The Mos were able to recall Juraj Huska from suspension after the Slovak missed the last 6 games of 2019.
Just after the first minute of the game Elliot Farrell skipped a challenge and called netminder Smital into action with the goalie padding the puck away to safety. Soon after Huska had an attempt blocked before, at the other end, Talbot forced Grandy-Smith to knock a shot wide.
The first penalty of the night came on 04:25 with a slash by Elliot Farrell putting Slough on the powerplay – the home side’s best chance falling to Talbot who shot from the left circle but Grandy-Smith blocked well. The shorthanded Mos also created an attack through Banovský who wrapped around Smital’s net and almost squeezed a shot in at the near post.
Not long after returning to full strength the Mos were defending a Tom Davis roughing penalty but it made little difference to them – Elliot Farrell winning the puck and skating in alone to beat Smital for a shorthanded goal on 08:42. They then made it 2-0 on 16:41 -Banovský showing some magic before finding Farrell who passed on to Dell at the far post with the youngster making no mistake to secure a two goal lead.
The Dynamos continued to press in the second period and it was of little surprise when they made it 3-0 on 22:27 – Tomas Banovsky showing great composure to beat Smital with assists falling to Dell and Lillis. Two minutes later and the game was virtually out of reach with Huska playing a one-two with Morgan and striking the puck beyond Smital.
Slough immediately changed netminders with Brett Shepherd replacing Smital. The new netminder was called straight into the action and did well to make a double save from Huska. With 26:46 on the clock a moment of madness by Bradley Holdreth with a check to the head on Jake Stedman put the Mos on a powerplay – and they took full advantage with Tom Davis firing into the net from the left circle assisted by Strawson and Huska. The Dynamos then wasted a couple of great opportunities to increase the gap – firstly Leone miss-hitting the puck when put clean through by Davis and then Dell firing wide after Farrell set him up.
Another powerplay fell the way of Slough on 34:41 with Banovsky sent to the box for tripping but the Mos came closest to scoring during the penalty kill from a counter on the shorthand via Farrell and only last gasp defending prevented the shot at goal. Any hopes of a shutout for Grandy-Smith were ended on 37:02 when Sam Talbot scored unassisted.
The final period saw the most penalty minutes of the game but neither side managed to take any advantage of the powerplays with the best Mos chance falling to Banovsky who broke on the shorthand but he was hauled down by Rose just before striking the puck.
So, it was great start to the new year for Player-Coach Leone and his troops and he’ll be looking for his side to kick-on from what was their best away performance of the season so far.
Written by Lee Allen.