A hat-trick from Callum Fowler helped inspire the Dynamos to a 9-5 NIHL South Division 1 victory over the Solent Devils on Sunday night whilst Elliott Dewey dropped the gloves with Ralfs Circenis in a bad tempered affair.
The opening frame lacked quality but the Mos were more efficient in front of the target and claimed the breakthrough at 04.11 – from behind the net Callum Fowler finding Nicky Lewis in the slot and the forward lifting over the shoulder of Connor Standing to make it 1-0. Andrew Magee then almost answered for the Devils on a breakaway but he found debutant shot stopper Mark Lee in no mood to ship an early strike. This allowed the hosts to go 2-0 up at 11.43 – Andy Smith’s long clearance setting Callum Fowler through 1-on-1 and Fowler squaring up his marker before skipping left and launching just inside the upright for the two goal cushion. A delay of the game minor to Andrew Goddard late on then saw the Mos add a third – Juraj Huska holding the play against the boards on the left side before spotting the on-rushing Fowler making a move towards the back post and Fowler tucked in a cross-ice pass to make it 3-0 at 18.33.
In the second period the Devils started brightly and Mark Lee was showcasing his best when he denied three quick-fire attempts from Ralfs Circenis in a frantic goalmouth scramble. Nevertheless he would be beaten at 21.38 – Mitchell Murray the architect as he split the defence with a determined skate before a pass to the right circle that was rifled home by Andrew Magee. Trips to the box for both Arran Strawson and Billy Phillips then presented the visitors with the chance to claim another and they seized their opportunity at 22.23 – Magee passing back to the blue line where Murray would dispatch a slaspshot through traffic and beyond an unsighted Lee for 3-2. However, just as it seemed the tide was turning, the Mos hit back with a shorthanded fourth to reclaim the momentum. At 22.47 Callum Fowler raced into the final third before a long diagonal towards the back stick was turned in by the on-rushing Andy Smith. Tempers then flared at 24.16 when young antagonist Ralfs Circenis caught Arran Strawson with a wayward elbow – Elliott Dewey dropping the gloves to incite an unexpected bout and lift the decibel level in the Silver Blades. Dewey floored his opponent immediately but Circenis found his footing to muster a reply – Dewey edging a well fought scrap before the officials intervened. When play restarted the Dynamos then pulled away with a powerplay goal at 24.54 – Callum Fowler feeding Anthony Leone close right and the captain driving high inside the near post to make it 5-2. At 34.59 it was then 6-2 – Adam McNicoll’s centring pass from the left channel converted right in front by Fowler to complete a hat-trick and provide a four goal cushion. It was an advantage that would be cut to three at 37.15 – replacement shot stopper Chris Douglas making a fine save but unable to prevent Jamie Fitzpatrick seizing the loose puck and finding Andree Magee for the close range tap in that made it 6-3.
In the final frame the Dynamos all but put the clash to bed early on as they notched twice in the opening four minutes to lead 8-3. The first of the pair came at 42.39 – Juraj Huska finding Steve Osman on the foot of the left circle and the forward squeezing home a low shot from a tight angle for his first of the night. He then had his second at 43.35 – Billy Phillips charging into the offensive zone before a pass to the far post was followed by a one-touch finish from Osman to put the tie beyond doubt. Nevertheless the Devils rallied and claimed two of their own to threaten an unlikely comeback – the first coming at 51.50 when Jamie Fitzpatrick escaped on a 2-on-1 down the left and he cleverly used his company as a decoy before rifling in from the left circle for 8-4. It then became 8-5 at 53.39 – Billy Phillips in the box as the Devils netted straight from an offensive faceoff when Fitzpatrick showed he could also tally from distance with a slapshot from the blue line. Andrew Campbell then struck the post as the visitors continued to push forward but any optimistic hopes of taking something from the tie were killed at 56.28 – Andy Smith putting Adam McNicoll in behind and the Scot stick handling around the netminder and sending the puck home on the backhand to seal the 9-5 victory.
So it was comfortable in the end for the Dynamos who always seemed to have enough to stay at arm’s length of their hard working visitors despite Solent doing their utmost to cause an upset. Man of the match awards went to Jamie Fitzpatrick of the Devils whilst a seven point haul of three goals and four assists saw Callum Fowler deservedly take the spoils for the hosts.