Kieron Jones’ first senior goal and efforts from Elliot Farrell, Juraj Huska, Owen Dell and Jake Stedman saw the Invicta Dynamos dig deep and come from behind to beat the Raiders 5-4 in Romford on Saturday evening.
Coach Anthony Leone welcomed back Arran Strawson to a line-up that also included young Gregor McAllan and Kieron Jones but Brandon Webster and Dale Buckland missed out due to injury. The Raiders were missing several players.
The Mos had the first real chance of the game early in the first period when Tom Davis missed from the left circle. The Kent side were then on a penalty kill on the second minute with Farrell called for a late hit – however Dibble was only called into action once to deny Burnett with his outstretched leg.
The Dynamos edged in front on 08:12 – a quick pass by Stephenson released Farrell who struck from the left flank into the top right corner of the net for 1-0. The Raiders took to the attack straight away and their pressure was rewarded with an equalising goal on 08:50 – Burnett tucking past Dibble on the rebound, assisted by Allen and Huggett. The Mos had a great chance to go ahead again a few minutes later when Sedivy pulled the puck back to Farrell but he fired against the post.
Alan Lack was soon in the penalty box once the second period got underway with a roughing penalty called on 21:25 however, despite plenty of play, the Dynamos didn’t take advantage of the powerplay and produced only a couple of efforts from Juraj Huska. When the home side returned to full strength they found an opportunity to break 3-on-1 but Cowan failed to beat Dibble. The away netminder was again in the thick of the action moments later to deny Krakauskas who beat two men in the middle before firing from the right circle.
Lack was again causing trouble in the 27th minute – this time clashing with Aiken and the two players ended up with two penalty minutes each to cool down in the penalty boxes. With neither side really threatening during the 4-on-4 it was Sedivy who had the best chance when both sides were at full strength but shot hit netminder Stoodley on his shoulder and deflected over the top of the net. Lack then missed a sitter for the Raiders before Huska also failed to hit the target after slipping his marker.
The Raiders went in front on 34:53 – Alan Lack converting for 2-1 on the rebound after Dibble saved from Huggett. Matters soon got worse for the Mos on 36:25 when Farrell slashed at Campbell behind the play and received a game penalty. The Mos were put on a 5 minute penalty kill but the pressure was eased on 39:48 when Huggett reacted to a Davis hit and received a two minute misconduct penalty to level the sides to 4 players each.
Krakauskas should have scored within a minute of the 3rd period starting but a big glove save from Dibble denied the import. That save counted for little in the 43rd minute though as the Raiders doubled their lead to 3-1 courtesy of former Dynamo Joe Allen tapping the puck home from the goal line after Krakauskas assisted him.
The away side hit back within a minute to make it 3-2 – youngster Kieron Jones who was icing in place of Farrell fired beyond Stoodley after him and Dell escaped on a breakaway. In the 47th minute Tom Davis then fetched the puck out from a corner and passed it over the crease for Huska to ram into the Raiders net for 3-3.
The goals continued to flow with Jones and Sedivey linking-up to find Dell in the right circle with the young forward rifling beyond Stoodley to give the Mos a 4-3 lead on 52:58. The Dynamos must have thought it was then game over on 54:55 with Stedman redirecting Morgan’s blue line shot into the net for a 5-3 lead. However, with the clock ticking down, the Raiders forced another goal through Alan Lack on 59:52 to set-up a nervy final 8 seconds.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Raiders didn’t pull Stoodley and the Mos saw out the remainder of the game – despite the Raiders finding the net on the buzzer with a goal that was quite rightly disallowed for an offside.
Written by Lee Allen.