A Juraj Huska hat-trick alongside goals from Brandon Webster (2), Anthony Leone, Ashley Jackson and Harrison Lillis saw the Invicta Dynamos start their London Cup campaign with a comprehensive 8-3 win over the Raiders in Romford on Saturday.
In the opening frame it took until the midway point for the deadlock to be broken and it was the visitors who got the breakthrough – at 11.05 Ashley Jackson and Billy Phillips combined before Juraj Huska beat the netminder to make it 1-0. Just 40 seconds later the visitors then added another – at 11.45 Tomas Banovsky marked his return with an assist by linking with Brandon Webster before Harrison Lillis converted for 2-0.
In the second frame an early powerplay allowed the Raiders to hit back and they halved the deficit at 23.17 – Elliot Dervish finding Thomas Wilson who fired beyond Owen Rider to make it 2-1. However no sooner had the hosts found a way back into the tie than they were pushed further behind again – at 24.13 Anthony Leone teed up Juraj Huska who tallied his second of the evening, this time on the powerplay, to make it 3-1.
Before the period was out the Mos then added another for a three goal cushion. This time Brandon Webster was on target at 29.34 following work from brother Mason.
In the final period the Raiders had it all to do but it was as good as game over in the opening few minutes as the Dynamos tallied twice to lead 5-1. The first of the pair came at 41.45 – Brandon Webster adding his second of the night, this time unassisted, to secure a comfortable lead. And at 42.01 Anthony Leone put the visitors out of sight after work from Ashley Jackson and Juraj Huska.
The Raiders pulled a goal back at 43.45 through Thomas Wilson but it did little to change the momentum as the Mos then added two more. At 44.06 Juraj Huska complete his hat-trick with assist going to Billy Phillips and Henry Aiken and at 54.27 Ashley Jackson claimed the away side’s last with a powerplay strike following work from Phillips and Tom Davis.
With time winding down the Raiders claimed a late consolation through Marco Pascale but it only served to make the score slightly more respectable as the Mos ran out comfortable 8-3 winners.
Written by Paul Bennett.