Steve Osman was the lone scorer for the Invicta Dynamos on Sunday night as the Mos were emphatically beaten 9-1 at the hands of the EPL’s Swindon Wildcats in the English Challenge Cup.
With only pride to play for the Dynamos travelled west to Swindon in search of their first points in the tournament but the Wildcats were in no mood to give way to their visitors and took the lead as early as 06.33. Defenceman Stephen Whitfield was the scorer with a great solo strike having skated the length of the ice and lifted his shot over the reach of Chris Douglas to make it 1-0. However the Mos answered instantly – the clock stopping at 07.09 as Juraj Huska and Anthony Leone were involved in the play before Steve Osman drove in from close range to tie it up at 1-1. The remainder of the frame belonged to Swindon though and they were able to tally twice more to lead 3-1 come the buzzer with the first of the pair coming at 10.21. Jan Kostal and Oliver Betteridge combined effectively before Kostal lashed beyond Douglas to re-establish his side’s narrow edge. Betteridge then turned from goal provider to goal scorer after more good link-up play – Swindon’s number 11 on target at 18.22 to give the hosts a two goal cushion.
In the second frame the EPL’s Wildcats continued to show why they ice in the league above as they took control of the encounter and added their fourth at 24.45. Jonas Hoog found Aaron Neil to the left of the target and Neil slammed home from close range to make it comfortable at 4-1. Come 33.16 it was then 5-1 – Glenn Billing escaped the Dynamos back line and showed off some fancy stick work to fool Chris Douglas before converting from close range for his first of the evening. Teammate Jonas Hoog would then join him on the score sheet soon after – 36.57 the moment when the Swede picked his spot beyond the netminder following build up play from Billing and Arron Neil. In response the Dynamos mustered just 6 efforts at the other end of the ice with shot stopper Stevie Lyle refusing to give up any more goals and eventually being replaced by understudy Michael Crisp.
6-1 down at the close of the second the Mos had little hope of completing a comeback in the third but any optimism disappeared completely at 45.47 as the Wildcats added a seventh. Aaron Neil found Glenn Billing racing to goal and the 17 year old expertly roofed over the reach of Chris Douglas for his second of the night. It was to be a phenomenal evening for Billing who would then add another two to his tally before the clash was done for a 4 goal haul and a total of 6 points. His hat-trick was completed at 51.49 – Aaron Neil and Jonas Hoog again involved in the build-up before Billing fizzed home beyond Douglas for his first treble in the colours of the EPL outfit. Not content with a trio he then claimed his fourth and last at 58.53 – Hoog the architect once more as he steered beyond the Dynamos back line before setting up his young line-mate for a thundering one-timer that sealed the 9-1 victory.
So it was defeat for the Mos in Swindon and a heavy one as they side struggled to find top gear and so inevitably failed to contain their EPL counterparts. The Wildcats were literally allowed to run wild on their own ice whilst the Dynamos will be expected to put up more of a challenge when they host their opponents at the Silver Blades come the end of the month. Man of the match awards went to four goal hero Glenn Billing of Swindon whilst Steve Osman took the beers for the travelling side.