The Invicta Dynamos fell to an overtime defeat in Gosport on Saturday night to gain a point against the Solent Devils despite coming back twice during regulation time.
Player-Coach Anthony Leone was missing Owen Rider, Kieron Jones and Gregor McAllan due to their under 18’s commitments – but he was able to recall Brandon Webster and Dale Buckland.
The Mos had an early powerplay after Drew Campbell was penalised for hooking but after the Devils returned to full strength they opened the scoring on 04:52 – Mark Pitts slotting beyond John Dibble with Campbell and Ralfs Circenis assisting.
Dibble then had to deny Daniel Lackey, Elliott Lewis and James Hounsome as the home side looked to double their lead. Down the other end Conor Redmond shot wide for the Mos just before they were awarded another powerplay when Circenis was caught hooking on 14:55 – but it led to disaster for the Mos with Alexander Trendall thumping a shot past Dibble to give the shorthanded Devils a 2-0 lead on 16:20.
The first period ended with no further goals and the Devils marginally outshooting the Mos 16 shots to 15 in the opening frame.
The second period fared much better for the Kent side. First forward Filip Sedivy fired wide after beating defenceman Alex Cole when surging forward. The Mos then clawed a goal back on 22:45 – Conor Redmond grabbing his first of the season to make in 2-1 and assists credited to Owen Dell and Jake Stedman.
Netminder Chico Cole then had to be smart to push away a wrist shot from Webster and moments later he then denied Jake Stedman. The home side were granted a powerplay on 26:24 when Anthony Leone was sent to the penalty box for a high stick but the Mos held out well to successfully see out the two minutes. However, Jake Stedman then put the Dynamos back on the penalty kill when he was penalised for slashing in the 29th minute – but once again the Devils failed to take any advantage during the resulting powerplay.
A penalty on the Mark Pitts for hooking at Elliot Farrell gave the away side a powerplay but they failed to put enough pressure on Chico Cole before – on 37:37 they drew level to 2-2 courtesy of Tom Davis scoring his first for the club after Leone and Arran Strawson set him up.
The third period saw Invicta out shoot the Devils 17 shots to 13 although it was the Devils who took a 3-2 lead on 45:25 when Daniel Lackey found a way past Dibble by latching onto an inviting pass from Alex Murray. The Mos drew level though thanks to Owen Dell who shot on the backhand after Cole had blocked a shot in a crowed area with assists going to Redmond and Ryan Morgan.
Just before the final period ended the Mos were back on the penalty kill after Anthony Leone was punished for tripping a Devils player on 59:16 and despite a few close shaves the Kent side got over the line to secure a point when they went into overtime tied on 3-3.
The Dynamos hearts were then broken 1:08 minutes into overtime – just before they were returning to full strength with Alex Murray striking the winning goal for the Devils to end the score at 4-3.
Solent Points: M. Pitts 1+1, D. Lackey 1+0, A. Trendall 1+0, R. Facey 0+2, R. Circenis 0+1, M. Wild 0+1, A. Murray 1+2
Invicta Points: J. Stedman 0+1, C. Redmond 1+1, T. Davis 1+0, O. Dell 1+1, A. Leone 0+1, A. Strawson 0+1, R. Morgan 0+1
Solent: C. Cole (Solent) – 92.86% (42 shots / 3 goals)
Invicta: J. Dibble (Dynamos) – 90.24% (41 shots / 4 goals)
Man of the Match:
Solent: Daniel Lackey
Invicta: John Dibble
Written by Lee Allen.