Gosport rink remains an unforgiving venue for the Invicta Dynamos as the team fell to a 3-2 road loss at the hands of the Solent Devils on the south coast in the NIHL South Division 1 on Saturday.
The Dynamos travelled south without the injured twins of Haydn and Taylor Wootton and netminder Damien King whilst Nicky Lewis was also unavailable.
The first period was pretty much all Invicta with the home side rarely testing in form netminder John Dibble. His opposite netminder Chico Cole however kept his side in contention with a series of excellent saves. As early as the 2nd minute Cole was spreading his body across his goalmouth when Joshua Condren played a delightful pass to Callum Fowler who’s shot was somehow saved by the Devils’ no. 1. Soon after he was tipping a Bailey Wootton shot over the plexiglass and then watching a Tommy Ralph snapshot whizz just past his post. Long range efforts from Arran Strawson and Ondrej Zošiak came to nothing as the Mos continued their dominant start. For the Devils, Mark Pitts was constantly cross checking and slashing at Dynamos players away from referee Blaine Evans eyes.
The second period started with the Steve Osman sending Brad Gutridge clear – Chico Cole rescuing the home side yet again. Hit of the game then came in the 23rd minute – Mason Webster dumping Mark Baroni to the ice bottom first. The Mos finally started the evening’s scoring on 28.49 – Ashley Jackson with a sublime pass to Adam Řehák who shot across Cole and into the net. The lead would be short lived however – Matt Lawday on hand for 1-1 on 32.01. Unhinged by letting the Devils back into the game the Dynamos fell 2-1 behind on 33.29 – Invicta slacking at the back leaving Tommy Ralph the only Mo defending a breakaway of 3 Devils and Richard Facey squaring to Aidan Doughty to leave John Dibble no chance. Tempers continued to flare – Mark Pitts again the main cause of trouble, however never willing to drop the gloves when confronted by Mason Webster. Solent then doubled their lead to 3-1 on 38.35 – Lawday claiming his 2nd of the night at the far post.
A big third period was on the cards for Invicta and they dominated the final frame out shooting the Devils by 16 shots to 5. The Mos clawed a goal back to reduce the margin to a single strike in the 51st minute when the Devils were down to 3 skaters with Matthew Lawday (slashing) and Ben Lock (high sticks) both sitting in the penalty box. The goal came via Arran Strawson who drove a shot through bodies after a tee-up from Callum Fowler. Netminder Chico Cole then had his own personal battle with Ashley Jackson, denying the hockey star time after time. John Dibble was pulled from the net in the final 13 seconds but the extra skater was not enough for the Dynamos to breakdown the home side.
So a defeat again for the Mos down at Gosport who continue to be a bogie team on a small pad for the Kent side. Ashley Jackson received the man of the match award for the Dynamos with Chico Cole unsurprisingly getting the honour for the Devils for his 96% save record from 50 shots.
Written by Lee Allen.