A brace for Michal Oravec against his former side helped the Invicta Dynamos secure a 7-2 league victory against the Streatham Redskins on Sunday night and an eight point lead over their third placed London rivals in the NIHL South Division 1.
Two weeks on from the nightmare visit of Chelmsford, the Dynamos took to the ice with a point to prove and they were on the board as swift as 01.02 – Juraj Huska threading through to Andy Smith left of goal who steered around a diving Aaron Taylor before sweeping in at the back post for 1-0. However penalty trouble would halt their drive for a second – netminder Mark McGill called into action to deny Callum Best the leveller as he escaped on the breakaway. When Callum Fowler then sat for roughing, Jakub Klima hit the far post from the right circle before the Redskins finally equalised as Arran Strawson also found his way to the box for holding. Enjoying a spell of 5-on-3, Callum Best found Sean Scarbrough speeding to the slot and the American made no mistake with a one-time finish into the bottom far corner at 07.14. At 11.43 the visitors then had a goal washed out – Jakub Klima centring from the right wing for Adam Wood to convert at the back stick but the strike waved off with the goal judged to be off its moorings. Nevertheless a hooking call on Nicky Lewis ensured the visitors remained on the front foot and, after Adam Mahoney struck the upright, they took the lead on the powerplay at 14.57. Former Dynamo Robbie Brown got the goal as he turned out from the left boards and fired between Harrison Lillis and Mark McGill from the back of the left circle for 2-1. Despite their domination though, the Redskins would return to the changing room level pegging as a tripping penalty to Mahoney resulted in the Mos equalising at 19.25. From right of goal, Andy Smith teed up Callum Fowler on the back post and the forward launched beyond a scrambling Aaron Taylor to make it 2-2.
After a frantic opening period where Streatham had edged the tie, the Dynamos dominated in the second with perhaps one of their best spells of the campaign to surge ahead on the scoreboard. They would tally their third at 28.07 – defenceman Dave Carr merely feeling the breeze as Callum Fowler coasted beyond him down the wing, skipped across crease and fired at goal – Aaron Taylor stopping his effort on the line but Michal Oravec following up to poke home. Taylor was then fortunate not to be beaten again soon after as a Juraj Huska effort from wide right caught him by surprise and the puck got lost in his pads amidst his frantic attempts to find it. His luck would run out at 33.31 though – Nicky Lewis’ backhand pass across the crease roofed home over the grasp of the netminder by Anthony Leone to make it 4-2. A mere eight seconds later it was then 5-2 – Juraj Huska skating over the blue line just left of centre before using the considerable frame of defenceman Casimir Madren-Britton to mask his shot from a helpless Aaron Taylor and find the net at 33.39. With time winding down Michal Oravec could have added another as he escaped on the breakaway but Taylor read his deke onto the backhand and made the save to keep Streatham’s deficit to three.
After a perfect period from the Dynamos in the second, the final frame saw a decrease in the relentless pace and Mark McGill was needed to stop Robbie Brown when he was found with time and space in the slot early on. Nevertheless it was the Mos who would tally next – the clock stopping at 46.40 when Peter Beerling sent Michal Oravec on his way and this time the Slovak kept it simple with a low shot into the bottom far corner that made it 6-2. Down the other end Streatham continued to be frustrated – Mark McGill saving brilliantly from Steve Fisher before Sean Scarbrough turned the follow up onto the upright. The netminder would also expertly thwart Adam Wood later in the frame before the Dynamos tied it all up at 58.04 – Arran Strawson firing a homing missile from the halfway line that caught Aaron Taylor off guard and slipped inside the right post for 7-2.
So it was a much needed home win for the Mos and one in which they showed more than just mere glimpses of their best with some fast forward play and a resolute defence. Adam McNicoll was a key part of that rear guard and must have been amongst the front runners for man of the match honours but 35 saves from 37 shots and a save percentage of 94.59 saw Mark McGill deservedly take the spoils for the hosts. Stuart Bates would take the accolade for Streatham but all players took the opportunity to shake the hand of the man awarding the spoils – darts royalty and former World Champion Andy Fordham making his first visit to the Silver Blades Gillingham.