The Invicta Dynamos finished their 2017/18 league campaign and warmed up for the playoffs with a 4-3 road win over Streatham IHC in London on Sunday night after a bad-tempered encounter that also saw five scraps.
The Mos travelled to Streatham looking pick themselves up from a heavy defeat at Basingstoke the previous night against an opponent they had beaten on home ice the week before. Netminder John Dibble was missing but forward Jake Stedman made a welcome return to the roster to give the Mos three full lines.
The first period was action packed starting with Tommy Ralph firing an early shot at netminder Matt Colclough who did well to also stop any rebound falling to the feet of Mason Webster. Webster was almost in again moments later after Jaroslav Cesky carried the play around the Streatham net and found the forward out wide but he hit a first time shot at netminder. At the other end of the ice Dynamos goalie Damien King had his first touch of the puck when Aidan Doughty robbed Ryan Morgan but his shot didn’t have enough power on it to cause any trouble.
In the 6th minute Ben Paynter appeared to jump Harrison Lillis which led to the pair having their 3rd fight of this season – Lillis overpowering the Streatham man to get the takedown and also lead their own battle 2-1 over the campaign. Both players received 2+2 for their troubles but that didn’t bother the Mos as they continued to press on the Streatham net and a delightful pass across the home goalmouth just eluded Jaroslav Cesky who was waiting for the back post tip-in. With the visitors continuing to work hard, Brandon Webster caught out James Warman and passed the puck back to Josh Condren who had plenty of time to bury a shot past Colclough however the netminder stood firm. At the other end Andreas Siagris had a similar opportunity when he intercepted Arran Strawson’s attempt to pass out of defence but Damien King was on hand to save the day.
With 12.27 on the clock Jamie Hayes was penalised for cross checking leaving the Dynamos with a powerplay which they took full advantage of – Ashley Jackson putting the Mos 1-0 up at 13.40 with assists claimed by Louis Colvin and Ondrej Zosiak. Within seconds of the restart Jake Stedman thought he’d claimed his first Dynamos goal, and his team’s second, but it was washed out for high sticks. The home side then levelled the scores on 17.31 – Siagris dispatching beyond King for 1-1 after Warman had found him in space. There was still time for a final fight in the first period – Mason Webster and Brandon Miles locking together with Webster getting the takedown.
The 2nd period was just as good as the previous frame and began with yet another tussle – this time Tommy Ralph and Jacob Ranson dropping the gloves after Ranson slashed at the D-man and the Mos’ Yorkshireman took the upper hand to put his opponent on the deck first. The resulting powerplay had the Mos go 2-1 in front with Josh Condren firing past the helpless Colclough on 24.26 assisted by Colvin and Zosiak.
A few half chances were presented to George Hoang and Jaroslav Cesky but the Dynamos were unable to double their lead and were made to pay on 34.15 with Siagris roofing past King for 2-2. The goal was the catalyst for Paynter and Lillis to have another tussle and sit another 4 minutes each in the penalty box. The second period closed out with the home side going ahead for the first time on the night – Ryan Watt playing Ryan Webb through for 3-2 on 37.09.
The final period saw all to play for and the Mos gave it their all which was clear to see when Brandon Webster nailed Chris Cooke into the boards in the 43rd minute with a heavy but fair hit. Forward Cesky had an outstanding game and his stick control was causing all sorts of problems for Streatham who had Colclough to thank in the 44th minute when Cesky danced round Gregory but couldn’t get enough time to fire the Mos level. However it wasn’t long until the scoreboard read 3-3 – Cesky again showing great experience to lay the puck on a plate for Mason Webster to drive into the net on 48.35, the second assist going to Tommy Ralph. Just as the teams were about to restart Lillis and Paynter were at it again, with Lillis again winning the fight but ejected from the game (total of 47 penalty minutes on the night). The Dynamos now had a 5 minute powerplay to defend and a spirited performance saw them hold together to complete a brilliant powerplay kill.
It was of little surprise that, late on, Cesky would create another chance in the game and that came on 56.08 when he linked-up with Mason Webster to find Steve Osman who hit the winning goal that made it 4-3 to the away side.
Youngster Jake Stedman was the Invicta man of the match, Dan Rose receiving the same honours for the home side.
Written by Lee Allen.