Leone lets loose as Mos sink Streatham

Four goals from Anthony Leone led the way on Saturday night as his efforts, alongside others from Juraj Huska (3), Steve Osman (2), Callum Fowler (2) and Nicky Lewis, helped the Mos thump Streatham 12-4 in the NIHL Southern Cup.

In the opening frame the Dynamos were first to light the lamp and it came at 05.28 as the first line trio of Andy Smith, Juraj Huska and Callum Fowler tore up the ice on a lethal counter. A slick interchange between Smith and Huska finally ended with a long pass along the goal line towards the back stick where a waiting Fowler was perfectly poised to turn in for 1-0. At 06.46 it was then two – Nicky Lewis shaking off the challenge of Adam Wood in the neutral zone before expertly lifting a shot high over the shoulder of the goalie from deep for his 200th Dynamos point. His strike spurred Streatham into life and they would answer at 08.56 – Michal Oravec finding Steve Fisher inside the left circle and the forward slotting high inside the near post for 2-1. However as soon as he had finished celebrating the Mos cancelled out his effort – 09.03 on the clock when Juraj Huska drilled to net from the left boards and Steve Osman touched in from right in front. The frantic scoring pace would continue as the Redskins then hit back again – Sean Scarbrough, so often the scourge of the Dynamos, set free on a breakaway by Joe Allen and the American rifling low beyond Chris Douglas for 3-2 at 10.24. It would then take until 18.07 for the final strike of the frame to come – Elliott Dewey robbing Callum Best of a goal line finish allowing Andy Smith and Juraj Huska to counter on a 2-on-1 – the Slovak finishing Smith’s centring pass for the 4-2 edge.

The second period saw a scrappy start with the Redskins edging the scoring chances but it would take them until 31.35 to make one of them count – Juraj Huska’s attempted clearance falling to Joe Johnston in the left circle and his pass to the back stick converted by Louis Lockwood. However, just as happened in the first, the Mos hit back instantly – 31.49 the moment when Steve Osman avoided a scrum at the front post to finish neatly at the back with a sweep into the net from close right. Osman’s effort would be the first of a swift trio for the home side before the buzzer sounded to leave the hosts 7-3 up with 40 minutes played. Anthony Leone would claim both of the other two – the first coming at 35.05 as Juraj Huska played on despite an obvious trip on Steve Osman to tee up his captain for an easy finish close right with the netminder already grounded. The second followed at 37.48 – Huska again the architect with a skate down the left and a backhand shot the goalie could only pad to the far post for the on-rushing Leone to fire home.

In the final frame the Dynamos set about putting the game to bed and they were 8-3 up at 41.53 – Steve Osman splitting the Streatham backline to put Juraj Huska on the breakaway and the Slovak sliding onto his backhand left and roofing home. A new second line of Osman, Huska and Anthony Leone would then do the damage again at 42.53 – Huska, behind the goal on the left side, teeing up Leone right in front for the low 5-hole finish and his hat-trick completing third. The hosts now had double figures looming on the horizon and it only took them until 44.56 to reach 10 – Greg Chambers grabbing an assist with a pinpoint cross-ice pass from the right that allowed Callum Fowler to sweep in from the left circle. By now the Redskins were disappearing out of sight but they notched a consolation on the powerplay at 49.01 to at least stem the tide. Michal Oravec got the goal as he did a 180 on the inside edge of the right circle before rifling low beyond an unsighted Chris Douglas to make it 10-4. The brief rest bite for Streatham was exactly that – brief – as the Dynamos went back on the front foot and tallied again at 54.19 – Juraj Huska completing his hat-trick with a sublime finish from wide right that hit the underside of the crossbar and dropped over the line for 11-4. The rout was then completed at 58.30 as the hosts took advantage of a powerplay to add one more – Steve Osman finding Anthony Leone close right and in three quick touches he controlled, steered around the goalie and flicked inside the far post for his fourth of the night.

So it was a win for the Dynamos and a commanding one at that against a side they had failed to overcome in their three most recent encounters. A perfect start to the NIHL Southern Cup campaign was made possible by a phenomenal showing from the second line with Steve Osman and Anthony Leone both tallying six points each whilst Juraj Huska bagged ten. Man of the match awards went to four goal hero Leone of the Mos whilst Michal Oravec took the spoils for the Redskins.

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