Doubles from Anthony Leone and Mason Webster plus a goal from Tom Davis saw the Invicta Dynamos finish their preseason preparations with a 5-4 win over the Slough Jets on the road on Sunday.
The Mos were still without Juraj Huska and Tomas Banovsky and goalie Zachary Grandy-Smith but able to welcome back forward Ashley Jackson.
The opening frame saw the hosts edge the shot count 19 to 12 but it was the visitors who would break the deadlock – the stalemate being ended at 16.02 as Owen Dell teed up captain Tom Davis for the opener. At 18.08 it was then 2-0 – Dell claiming another assist as Player – Coach Anthony Leone beat Brett Shepherd to establish a two goal cushion.
In the second period The Jets halved the deficit at 31.15 – Harry Corkum and Luke Smital combining before Harry Harcup beat Ben Clements to make it 2-1. This fired the Mos into life who then added two more in the space of just over three minutes to take a considerable looking 4-1 lead. The first came at 32.50 – Ashley Jackson and Jack Flynn claiming assists when Mason Webster slotted beyond the goalie for his first of the season. The second followed at 36.06 when Tom Davis setup his Player-Coach Anthony Leone to turn in his second of the night.
Before the period was out the Jets cut into the deficit – Lewis English finding Adam Rosbottom who bettered Ben Clements to make it 4-2 with 40 minutes gone.
In the final period the Dynamos re-established the three goal cushion when Brandon Webster teed up older brother Mason Webster to fire in his second of the evening. But it was not to be a comfortable breeze to the whistle – Slough battling back to within one by the final minutes. The Jets claimed their third at 42.27 – Jacob Soper slotting in unassisted – and put a fourth on the board at 58.26 – Solomon Smith passing to Luke Smital who put the puck over the line to leave the sides just one goal apart.
Later penalties to Anthony Leone and Mason Webster saw the Jets enjoy a very late 5-on-3 that became 6-on-3 as they pulled their netminder but the Mos held out to secure a first win of 2021/22. The serious action now begins on Saturday 18th September when the league gets underway.
Written by Paul Bennett.