Four goals from four different scorers saw the Invicta Dynamos make the perfect start to the weekend as strikes from Jacob Ranson, Steve Osman, Connor Redmond and Joshua Condren helped the side win 4-3 on the road against the Bracknell Hornets.
Included in the Mos line-up was the returning Callum Fowler but there were missing players including all three Wootton brothers, Grant Baxter and the suspended Eriks Ozollapa.
Bracknell started with aggression, led by one time Dynamo Brad Watchorn who put in a nasty looking challenge on Elliott Dewey within two minutes that went unnoticed. Meanwhile home netminder Danny Milton looked on edge during the first period, choosing to parry shots from Nicky Lewis and Ondrej Zosiak rather than catch. Despite this, Bracknell took the lead against the run of play on 14.07 – Tom Fisher hitting a shot from distance that caught the boot of an incoming player and changed direction to fly past Damien King leaving the goalie no chance. The advantage lasted barely two minutes – Conor Redmond passing the puck from the middle of the pad to Jacob Ranson who skated towards Milton and fired beyond his right side to equalise.
Damien King had to be alert early in the second period – saving from the feet of Josh Martin when it looked like Bracknell might edge in front once again. With Callum Fowler starting to find more space, Brad Watchorn then took matters into his own hands by cross checking Fowler to the head and securing a total of twelve minutes in the penalty box as a result. Despite hammering shots at Danny Milton during the powerplay, the Mos were unable to find a way through as the Bracknell netminder kept the scoreline unchanged – Steve Osman and Fowler both going close. The mounting Invicta pressure finally reaped a reward on 27.56 – Fowler lurking around the goalmouth with possession and then providing an open invitation for Steve Osman to tap into the net for a 2-1 lead. Invicta would fail to take any further advantage during the remainder of the period and it was in fact Damien King who ended-up being the busier netminder, saving twice from Danny Hughes late on.
With only a 2-1 advantage going into the last frame, Invicta started the brighter. First Steve Osman fired wide after linking-up with Callum Fowler and then Conor Redmond had a shot saved by a defiant Danny Milton. Bracknell’s Greg Chambers was then sinbinned on 45 minutes for cross checking and would see his actions get punished yet further with the Mos scoring from the resulting powerplay. Arran Strawson ran the puck up the left channel before squaring across for Redmond to nab beyond Milton to make it 3-1 to the visitors. However seconds later the home team reduced the deficit to 3-2 with Danny Hughes securing a way past Damien King – Chambers claiming an assist. Knowing the next goal would be crucial for either team, it was the away side who pushed the harder for it and they grabbed it at 49.15 – Josh Condren following up a rebound from a Nicky Lewis drive to put Invicta 4-3 into the ahead – Condren hitting the ice following his shot and celebrating with his colleagues. The forward would then sit in the penalty box for holding on 52 minutes and Bracknell took full advantage to score through Brad Watchorn – Chambers and Hughes both claiming a helping hand in the build-up. A tough final five minutes had Josh Condren once again going close on 57 minutes and a late Ondrej Zosiak penalty on 59:50 gave Invicta a 6 on 4 skaters situation to defend after Bracknell pulled Milton from his net – but the away side held firm to secure two vital points.
So it was a win in Berkshire and a sixth in nine outings for the Dynamos ahead of a return home for the final fixture of 2015 against the London Raiders on Sunday. Man of the match for Invicta went to Conor Redmond for his goal and two assists but Damien King was worthy of yet another honourable mention having ended the night with a 90.32% save percentage.
Written by Lee Allen.