Invicta Dynamos managed to secure two points on home ice with a 6-3 win against the Slough Jets on Sunday night. Goals from Conor Redmond (2), Tom Davis, Tomas Banovsky, Owen Dell and Juraj Huska sealed the Mos’ seventh win in their last eight fixtures. Zach Grandy-Smith was in goal for Invicta while Matthew Smital was between the pipes for Slough Jets.
The first period got underway and the Dynamos were on an early powerplay as Slough’s Liam Clark received a two-minute penalty for a high stick on Arran Strawson. Juraj Huska went searching for the opener and when his shot was given up for the rebound Smital saved Henry Aiken’s follow-up from the slot. Slough’s Stewart Tait received a two-minute penalty for tripping giving the hosts a 5-on-3 advantage for 10 seconds but they were unable to take advantage and Slough were soon back to full strength.
The deadlock was finally broken at 07:16 – the puck dropped back to Tom Davis on the back of the left circle and he sent a wrist shot beyond Smital and into the net for 1-0. Dynamos then pinned Slough in their own end as Conor Redmond flicked the play towards Brandon Webster who tried to shoot low but the goalie deflected the puck into the corner. Jake Stedman found the loose puck, but the whistle was blown after a few shoves were exchanged – Webster jumping in to help Stedman and receiving a two-minute roughing penalty for his actions.
Slough had their first attempt at a goal as Dan Rose passed the puck across the ice to find Timo Lindgren, but Grandy-Smith managed to slide across the crease in time to save. They were level soon after though – Jacob Soper setting up Tait who fired home a low shot from right in front of the net for Slough’s first at 13:40.
Later Tomas Banovsky was on the breakaway and managed to beat Slough defenceman Luke Reynolds but Reynolds hauled down the Slovak and received a two-minute penalty for holding. End of the first period and Slough managed to tie the game 1-1 after an early Dynamos goal.
Second period underway and the Dynamos had 13 seconds left on the powerplay. With the powerplay advantage over, Strawson skated from one end of the ice to the other and took a shot but Smital saved. Goal two for the Mos came at 26:55 and was scored by Conor Redmond – from the left side of the blue line Strawson passed to the Redmond who was waiting in front of the net and the forward poked beyond Smital for 2-1.
The Jets hit back quickly – Harrison Lillis trying to pass across the front of his own goal only for the puck to be collected by Bradley Hildreth who managed to tally from right in front around the 29 minute mark.
Another powerplay followed for the Dynamos as Hildreth laid a hit Dell against the boards and picked up two-minutes for interference. Despite being a man down Juha Lindgren managed to escape his zone and left the Dynamos defence behind him but Grandy-Smith managed to save. Back in the Slough zone and Ryan Giles attempted a low slapshot from the blue line but Smital saved with ease.
Dynamos then had a further powerplay as Tait sat a two-minute tripping penalty. This time they took full advantage – Banovsky skated round J. Lindgren who had dived to block his faked shot before firing into the back of the net through traffic for 3-2 at 35:12.
Dynamos Joe Stephenson sat a two-minute hooking penalty which gave Slough a powerplay opportunity but the Mos killed the penalty and ended the period with single goal lead.
Third period underway and Redmond quickly extended the Dynamos lead to 4-2 – Webster passed to the Irishman who was waiting close right and the forward roofed the puck for 4-2 at 42:24. Slough attempted to get a goal back as J. Lindgren took a shot between the circles and Grandy-Smith saved. Moments later Giles blocked a shot with his skate and for the second time over the weekend he lost a skate blade putting him out of action for a spell.
At 50:06 Slough managed to secure another goal – Adam Rosbottom found Ryan Handisides in the right circle and he slammed the puck into the near corner to cut the deficit to just 4-3. With all to play for the Mos then managed to stretch the game again – Banovsky spotted Dell alone in the slot. Dell received the pass before slamming a one-timer beyond Smital for 5-3 at 57:29.
Late on Slough called a timeout and, needing to chase the tie, Smital did not return to the ice and was instead replaced with a sixth skater. The move backfired – Davis shot the puck from the Dynamos end and hit the post but he chased the play down and landed a huge hit on a Slough defenceman which allowed Huska to take possession and turn into the empty net. Goal six for the Dynamos scored at 59:23.
End of the game and the Dynamos won 6-3. Slough fought a hard battle, but the hosts managed to find the back of the net frequently enough to keep their noses just in front. Two points for the Dynamos.
Invicta Points: B. Webster 0+2, C. Redmond 2+0, T. Davis 1+0, O. Dell 1+1, A. Leone 0+1, E. Farrell 0+1, A. Strawson 0+2, H. Lillis 0+1, J. Huska 1+1, T. Banovsky 1+1
Slough Points: A. Rosbottom 0+1, H. Harcup 0+1, S. Tait 1+0, T. Fisher 0+1, R. Handisides 1+0, J Soper 0+1, B. Hildreth 1+0
Invicta: Z. Grandy-Smith – 92.11% (38 shots / 3 goals)
Slough: M. Smital – 87.80% (41 shots / 5 goals)
Man of the Match:
Invicta: Conor Redmond
Slough: Juha Lindgren
Written by Hannah Lawrence