The Invicta Dynamos suffered their first defeat of 2020 as they visited league leaders Streatham on Saturday night. The Dynamos were able to welcome back Arran Strawson to a roster of 17 skaters that was missing Mark Williams, Gregor McAllan and Kieron Jones. Streatham were able to call on the services of Ivan Antonov – who was thought to have played his last game for Streatham in the previous week but was unable to travel out to his new destination due to the Coronavirus.
It was the Dynamos who had the first decent attempt on goal with Juraj Huska driving a shot from the left flank that netminder Damien King padded away, whilst at the other end Zachary Grandy-Smith had to block an effort from Antonov. Streatham enforcer Brandon Miles was continually playing the game with an edge and it was of little surprise to see him penalised in the 4th minute for a late hit and also a roughing call on Ryan Giles leaving his side to defend a 4 minute powerplay.
The Mos made little use of the powerplay and in the 7th minute both Rupert Quiney and Ryan Giles were both penalised for roughing. Huska and Morgan both put shots on the Streatham net but it wasn’t enough to break the deadlock and the hosts then went 1-0 up at 16:40 when Miles and Antonov connected to set-up Adam Carr who struck the puck beyond Grandy-Smith on the rebound.
The second period had Streatham attacking first with Paynter seeing an effort rebound out to Watt before Grandy-Smith managed to cover the puck. The home side also had a one-on-one chance with Antonov on a breakaway with Grandy-Smith shaving to save again and he would be called into action later needing to thwart Cook, Paynter and Watt.
The Mos started to get back into the game with Leone and Huska both firing attempts wide but just as the side built some momentum Streatham increased the score line to 2-0 – Ryan Watt spinning just outside the crease to score on the turn unassisted on 27:27. The visitors replied within 14 seconds though – Owen Dell tucking the puck past King with Banovsky and Farrell assisting.
The gloves then came off on 28:25 after Webster threw a big hit on Cook and Farn took exception to it by starting to throw punches towards Webster. Once order was restored Webster was penalised for a total of 4 minutes and Farn 6, all for fighting.
When the play restarted Damien King saved well from Tomas Banovsky who fired from the blue line and up the opposite end an Antonov backhand was smartly kept away by Grandy-Smith. In the 31st minute Huska weaved a few challenges to set-up Arran Strawson who slotted past King for 2-2 to bring the Mos back into the game. They could have crept in front moments later when Dell broke clear fed Farrell in front but the forward fired over the bar. Streatham then replied up the other end with a goal – Antonov coming off the wing to find Beesley who hit a bobbling shot into the net on 35:19 for 3-2.
The final period saw Streatham post efforts from Watt, Carr and Beesley whilst a Dynamos break led by Dell came to little when he passed the puck into the crease with Banovsky unable to connect. Streatham went 4-2 up in the 46th minute – Miles finding Carr in the slot who made no mistake to double his sides advantage.
A major incident then occurred after the goal – Lillis stopping Antonov from flying free with both Farn and Miles steaming in towards the Mos defenceman – Miles having skated the width of the rink to jump into Lillis to floor him. Calls from the Dynamos supporters for Miles to be ejected for 3rd man in counted for nothing with Miles only getting 2+2 for fighting, Farn 10 minutes for incitement and Lillis ejected on a 5 minute plus game penalty for the interference on Antonov.
The loss of Lillis had an effect on the Mos who conceded 3 goals in just over a minute – Antonov striking on 50:19 and Carr hitting a double on 50:57 and 51:10 to give his a total of 4 goals for the evening. With the score sitting at 7-2 the Mos called a timeout and also introduced young netminder Owen Rider who was given just under 9 minutes to ice – and went on the face 8 shots in which he maintained a 100% record including saves to deny Bailey and Miles. There was still drama on the buzzer with Miles penalised for a check from behind and given 2+10 minutes.
Streatham Points: D. King 0+1, A. Cook 0+1, B. Miles 0+2, T. Beesley 1+1, A. Carr 4+0, S. Bailey 0+1, I. Antonov 1+3, R. Quiney 0+1, R. Watt 1+0, J. Gregory 0+1
Invicta Points: O. Dell 1+0, E. Farrell 0+1, A. Strawson 1+0, J. Huska 0+1, T. Banovsky 0+1
Streatham: D. King – 92.31% (26 shots / 2 goals)
Invicta: Z. Grandy-Smith – 81.58% (38 shots / 7 goals), O. Rider – 100% (7 shots / 0 goals)
Man of the Match:
Streatham: Adam Carr
Invicta: Tomas Banovsky
Written by Lee Allen