The Invicta Dynamos kick started their preseason with an emphatic road victory against the Slough Jets on Saturday night as hat-tricks from Ondrej Zosiak and Martins Susters helped the Gillingham side to a 13-5 win.
Coach Kevin Parrish paraded his new roster which was close to full strength bar the absent Tom McKinnon and Callum Best.
The first period started with the Kent side the most lively – new import forward Edmund Piacka twice testing home netminder Matt Smital. At the other end Mos netminder Adam Long produced a smart save from Lukas Smital who at the time looked certain to score against the run of play. Not long after successfully defending a Louis Colvin boarding penalty, the Dynamos edged in front – Martins Susters showing the quality he’ll be bringing to the Mos attack this season with a brilliant drive beyond Smital on 09.46 with Piacka claiming the assist.
On 14 minutes Anthony Leone was penalised for hooking leaving the Mos to defend another penalty – the Jets taking full advantage by levelling on 15.01 through Lukas Smital who was lurking at the far stick to beat Long for 1-1. However, it took only seconds for the Dynamos to edge back in front – Susters receiving the puck from Piacka to fire past Smital and restore the lead. Not long after reliable D-man Ondrej Zosiak grabbed his first goal of the night in the 17th minute for the Mos to secure a two goal cushion and end the first period at 3-1 to the good.
The second period had the Mos defending another penalty – Colvin again the guilty man but that wouldn’t stop the away side scoring on the shorthand – Cameron Bartlett notching unassisted to get his Mos career off to a flyer. Harry Harcup briefly reduced the deficit when he fired beyond Long for 2-4 on 22.44 but the Dynamos to tallied again 7 seconds later through Susters’ hat-trick goal. The visitors were a constant menace to the Jets with their quick passing and and they grabbed another shorthanded strike through Zosiak who doubled his goal tally to put the travelling side in a comfortable position at 2-6. The Jets then held the Mos for the next 8 minutes but this ended when Grant Bartlett struck his first Invicta goal on 34.19 – assisted by his twin brother Cameron. Slough did however score again for 3-7 just before the end of the 2nd period through Daniel Rose.
In the final frame another debutant for the Mos scored – this time Andrew Munroe bulging the Jets net (3-8) and then twins Cameron and Grant Bartlett combining again for Cameron to double his tally and claim the Dynamos’ ninth of the evening on 46.21. Ryan Handisides grabbed Slough’s fourth in the 49th minute but Edmund Piacka soon had the visitors into double figures in the 50th minute, assisted by Susters and 16 year old Owen Dell.
Hardworking Louis Colvin got reward for a battling performance on 50:46 with his team’s eleventh goal – Cameron Bartlett assisting. Youngsters Jake Stedman and Own Dell then combined well for Dell to strike his first goal and make it 4-12. Nathan Darmanin grabbed a consolation for the hosts soon after and they could have had a sixth in the final minute however Sam Talbot missed his penalty shot. Ondrej Zosiak then rounded off the evening by completing his hat-trick 59.54 – Brandon Miles the provider.
So it was a 13-5 victory for the new look Invicta Dynamos with netminder Adam Long picking-up the man of the match award on his debut.