Two goals apiece from Steve Osman and Eriks Ozollapa, supported by a fifth from Conor Redmond, made it the perfect start to the weekend for the Invicta Dynamos as they won 5-4 at the home of the Streatham Redskins in the league.
Going into the game Dynamos had to make do without the services of juniors Haydn and Taylor Wootton, veteran Grant Baxter and Damien Welch and the injured Adam McNicoll. For Streatham, the controversial Chris Wiggins was an absentee but it was a debut for the returning Callum Best following his recent exit from the EPL’s Guildford Flames.
Any fears the Dynamos would start the game with nerves were put to rest as early as the ninth second when Steve Osman tested home netminder Will Sanderson. The visitors then maintained their early pressure and they were rewarded for their effort at 03.22 – Osman tucking the puck beyond Will Sanderson following work from Eriks Ozollapa who claimed the assist. However, it only took the home side two minutes to equalise – Kamil Kinkor claiming the goal with assists from Nicky Chinn and Callum Best at 05.14. The Mos were far from deflated though – perhaps the pass of the night from Osman opening up the Streatham defence leaving Ozollapa one-on-one and the Latvian fired in to make it 2-1 come 07.32. Not prepared to sit back, the Dynamos kept attacking at every opportunity and, following a face-off in the Streatham zone, Ondrej Zosiak combined well with Conor Redmond before a shot from the defenceman was tipped in front by Osman for the two goal lead at 13.25. With the first period now edging to a close Streatham’s Jack Tarczycki was penalised for holding and the Mos took advantage with Bailey Wootton feeding Ozollapa who turned on the spot and fired in a fourth on the powerplay at 19.09. Then, just when it looked as if things could not get any better, barely half a minute later Conor Redmond extended that lead to 5-1 with a fine strike at 19.36.
After a miserable first, Streatham changed netminders for the second period as Will Sanderson was replaced by David Wride. It was the Redskins who started the frame stronger and a Jacob Ranson holding penalty was just the opportunity they needed to pull back a goal at 26.12 through captain Joe Johnston. The hosts continued to battle on and they would cut their sizeable first period deficit to just 5-3 come the close of the second – Joe Allen successfully finding a way beyond Damien King at 34.33 to tee-up an interesting third period.
With only two goals separating the teams going into the last, Streatham pilled on the pressure and travelling Dynamos fans were left chewing their fingernails from the 49th minute as Joe Allen notched another in a crowded crease to put the Redskins only a goal behind at 49.04. Although conscious of their now slender lead, the Mos continued to attack at every opportunity and should have tallied a sixth in the 52nd minute – Bailey Wootton escaping the back line to go one-on-one with David Wride but firing agonisingly wide of the target. Down the other end Damien King was superb in the Dynamos net and he stood firm in the dying moments along with his fellow skaters to ensure visitors held out for their second victory at Streatham this season.
So after going five games without tasting victory the Mos were back amongst the points in fine fashion having done enough to seal the win in a fantastic opening period in South London. Damien King picked-up the man of the match beers for the Dynamos whilst the hosts picked James Warman as their start player. Next up for Invicta is was a home game versus the London Raiders with captain Nicky Lewis an injury doubt after only being able to participate in the first period.
Written by Lee Allen