Four goals from import forward Eriks Ozollapa and a shut out from Damien King were the key to an emphatic 9-0 win for the Dynamos on the road against the Milton Keynes Thunder on Sunday night.
Despite missing six players from the roster, including Callum Fowler and Nicky Lewis, it took under a minute for the Dynamos to open the scoring on the road in Buckinghamshire. On 28 seconds Arran Strawson slid a pass through the middle for Bailey Wootton to collect between two defenders and race forward before beating netminder Stephen Wall. On 03.45 the Mos lead was then doubled – Steve Osman skating around the back of Thunder net and squeezing a shot past the netminder with assists going to Eriks Ozollapa and Strawson. Although the goal was scored by Osman the officials marked the goal down for Elliott Dewey giving him his first in Invicta colours in bizarre fashion. The scoring for the first period was then rounded-off by Joshua Condren on 11.35 – the forward taking on a pass from Harrison Lillis and roofing a shot beyond netminder to cement a 3-0 advantage.
Spencer Caminsky replaced Stephen Wall in the Milton Keynes net for the second period and the new goalie kept the Dynamos out for 15 minutes, saving well from Eriks Ozollapa and Adam McNicoll. However, on 35.07 his resistance was over when Jacob Ranson fed Bailey Wootton who forced a save from Caminsky only for Conor Redmond to tap home the rebound for 4-0. Two minutes later the Dynamos then made it 5-0 – scoring on 37.08 after Jack Lee hit the puck towards the target and Brad Gutridge nipped in to tally for his second of the season.
A penalty against Ross Bowers was costly for the Thunder early in the second as Invicta scored on the powerplay at 41.23 – Steve Osman and Arran Strawson linking with good effect to tee up Eriks Ozollapa who converted for six. Goal of the game then followed on 47.28 – Elliott Dewey knocked the play forward to Ozollapa who sped past two markers and rounded Spencer Caminsky to tap the puck into an empty net. With the bit firmly between his teeth it then only took 22 seconds for the Latvian to complete his hat-trick –Osman and Strawson again assisting as the forward who beat netminder with ease for a third time to make it 8-0. Finally, the scoring was completed on 52.17 – Adam McNicoll feeding Ozollapa despite falling to the deck allowing his teammate to cunningly lift the puck over Caminsky for a 9-0 victory –Strawson claiming his 5th assist of the night.
So it was a shutout for Damien King who kept out 20 Milton Keynes attempts and a man of the match performance from Eriks Ozollapa who tallied four times to put the clash well beyond doubt. For the home side Tom Mboya collected the man of the match beers.
Written by Lee Allen.