It wasn’t the start the Dynamos were looking for in their season opener as they suffered a heavy defeat on the road against the Slough Jets in a challenge game on Saturday.
The Mos took to the ice without forwards Juraj Huska and Brandon Webster but promoted U18’s youngster Gregor McAllan. With the choice of 3 netminders to choose from, new Invicta coach Anthony Leone gave Zach Grandy-Smith the starting position with Owen Rider not kitted-up.
Although the Dynamos were marginally the better side in the opening few minutes they fell behind on 03.26 when the busy Sam Talbot managed to take the puck from a Mos’ defenceman and coolly dispatch beyond Grandy-Smith for 1-0 – this was despite the Mos being on a powerplay. The visitors then brought a save from home netminder Matthew Smital in the fifth minute when Joe Stephenson cleared to Jake Stedman but the forward was unable to get enough conviction into his shot.
Henry Aiken took a two minute roughing penalty on 06.14 with the Mos then having to thank Grandy-Smith when he smartly denied Liam Underdown a second Slough goal. The away side’s best chance of the opening period fell to Kieron Jones but Smital was again equal to the effort. Aiken’s second roughing penalty of the game was then enough for Slough to go 2-0 up on 16.20 through Dan Rose after being played into position by Sean Norris.
The Dynamos thought they’d got on the scoresheet immediately after but the goal was quickly washed-out. They then took to closing out the period ready to regroup – however former Dynamos forward Lewis English managed to make it 3-0 on 19.57 to present Leone with a challenging team talk at the end of opening period.
In the second frame the Mos didn’t fair much better. A Dale Buckland crosscheck in the 28th minute led to Slough scoring on the resulting powerplay for 4-0 on 29.22 with Harry Harcup stroking the puck beyond Grandy-Smith after Liam Underwood teed him up.
A couple of minutes later and Juha Lindgren made it 5-0 on 31.31. Owen Dell then had a couple of efforts saved as the period moved-on and the Mos could count themselves very unlucky on 37:20 when Elliot Farrell hit the post – with the puck landing into the back of Smitals leg pad. That Farrell effort pretty much summed-up the luck the away side were having and the Slough Jets went on to make it 6-0 on 38.13 when English and Holdreth combined to set-up Jacob Soper for 6-0 on 38.13.
For the final period John Dibble replaced Grandy-Smith in the Invicta’ net and ‘Dibbs’ faced 17 shots but was beaten in the 45th minute when Ryan Handisides scored unassisted for 7-0.
Any hopes for a Slough shutout were ended on 46.53 with Elliot Farrell striking home his first goal for the Dynamos, assisted by Ryan Giles and Conor Redmond. That was as good as it got for the Mos though with Slough striking twice more through Dan Rose and Juha Lindgren for a final score of 9-1.
The Dynamos also missed Dale Buckland for the last 9 minutes of the game after he received a 10 minute misconduct penalty.
L. Underdown 0+1, T. Lindgren 1+1, S. Norris 0+1, H. Harcup 1+0, L. English 1+2, T. Fisher 0+1, D. Rose 2+0, R. Handisides 1+1, J. Lindgren 1+0, J. Soper 1+0, B. Hildreth 0+1, S. Talbot 1+2
C. Redmond 0+1, E. Farrell 1+0, R. Giles 0+1
Slough: M. Smital – 97.44% (39 shots / 1 goal)
Invicta: Z. Grandy-Smith (Dynamos) – 81.82% (33 shots / 6 goals)
J. Dibble (Dynamos) – 82.35% (17 shots / 3 goals)
Man of the Match
Slough: L. English
Invicta: E. Farrell
Written by Lee Allen.