Steve Osman’s last gasp empty net strike helped the Dynamos to a 7-5 win over the Bracknell Hornets in the NIHL South Division 1 on Sunday as Juraj Huska (2), Anthony Leone (2), Callum Fowler and Adam McNicoll were also on target for the Mos.
The Dynamos were slow to get going following the puck drop and this allowed Bracknell to take a surprise lead at 02.58 – Luke Reynolds firing into the pads of Chris Douglas from the high slot but Daniel Hughes in place to convert the rebound right in front. Nevertheless the Mos tied it up at 06.30 – Anthony Leone’s hit in the corner freeing the puck for Juraj Huska to claim possession before passing to the edge of the crease where the on-rushing Leone was now waiting to flick home for 1-1. The captain’s goal inspired the Dynamos to add a second – the clock stopping at 08.08 as Callum Fowler rifled low just inside the far upright from the left circle with Greg Chambers screening netminder David Wride for a 2-1 edge. It was an advantage that could have been greater but Juraj Huska and Andy Smith over complicated a two-man breakaway allowing the Hornets to stay just one behind. That was a deficit they would conquer at 15.40 – import Peter Jasik spinning out from behind the net on the right side and lashing low into the bottom far corner from the faceoff circle for 2-2.
In the second period Bracknell again made the better start and retook the lead at 22.48 – Charlie Phillips watching from the box as Michael Plenty’s blue line drive was padded out to the right by Chris Douglas only for Peter Jasik to seize possession, side step the goalie and tuck in close left. Penalty trouble was to become a constant problem for the Mos with Anthony Leone, Arran Strawson and Callum Fowler all making trips to the box and it was on a 5-on-3 that they conceded a fourth – Jasik and Daniel Rose both claiming assists as Carl Thompson added his name to the list of scorers by beating Douglas for 4-2 at 31.21. The Mos then flustered in front of net but a quick double salvo would have them level pegging by the buzzer as they tallied twice in less than two minutes to make it 4-4. The first of the pair came at 36.44 – Charlie Phillips’ blue line attempt setting up a frantic goalmouth scramble in which Steve Osman, Juraj Huska and Anthony Leone all had efforts at scoring – the latter stabbing home from point blank range for 4-3. Billy Phillips then rattled the frame of target from distance before the second followed at 38.27 – Juraj Huska smashing in from the right boards with an emphatic slapshot that David Wride had a clear view of yet never saw for 4-4.
It was all square going into the last but the Dynamos now had momentum – a factor they used to their advantage as they took the lead for just the second time on the night at 43.11. Juraj Huska scored an unlikely effort as he found the net from the sideboards level with the left faceoff dot – his low drive catching David Wride by surprise to put the hosts 5-4 up. The game then descended into a largely scrappy affair until 54.23 when Adam McNicoll tallied a great solo effort to add to the home side’s edge. The young Scott crossed the blue line right of centre, skipped inside the challenge of Joshua Tetlow and fired high over the shoulder of the netminder from close right for a much more comfortable looking 6-4 lead. The Hornets continued to battle on though and they responded as swiftly as 57.04 – Jake Pitchley finding Thomas Relf all alone in the right circle and the youngster driving a slapshot into the bottom far corner to move his side back within touching distance. Relf’s late strike allowed Bracknell the gamble of pulling netminder David Wride in the dying seconds in hope of finding an equaliser but at 59.24 that risk backfired. Steve Osman picked off a poorly placed breakout pass from the Hornets back line and slotted into the empty net from mid-ice to seal the 7-5 NIHL South Division 1 victory.
So it was a win for the Mos and one where Head Coach Kevin Parrish will be happy to take points over performance with his side not quite reaching the heights of which they’re capable. Bracknell fought all night and Peter Jasik took their man of the match beers with two goals in a fine display. Four points from Juraj Huska saw him take the honours for the Dynamos.