A hat-trick from Adam Rehak and goals from Nicky Lewis and a returning Adam McNicoll saw the Invicta Dynamos seal a remarkable 5-1 road win at the home of Streatham in the NIHL Southern Cup on Saturday.
The Dynamos were injury hit, missing 5 players in Callum Fowler, Steve Osman, brothers Taylor and Bailey Wootton and Ashley Jackson. Making his debut was returnee Adam McNicoll whilst guarding opposing goals were brothers Euan and Damien King.
When Harrison Lillis was penalised for high sticks early in the game the Dynamos had to defend a powerplay which they did effectively reducing Streatham to just one meaningful shot from Jack Tarczycki. After 6 minutes the Dynamos were then on the attack – Elliott Dewey dinking a pass into the middle with Adam Rehak just touching it wide. A half chance for the home side’s Joe Johnston was easily dealt with before the Mos switched play to the other end as Adam McNicoll and Ondrej Zosiak both forced saves from Euan King. The turning point in the first came when ex-Dynamo Jack Lee was given two penalty minutes for boarding Tommy Ralph – the resulting powerplay seeing Rehak put the Mos 1-0 to the good when he scrambled a shot past King thanks to assists from Redmond and Lewis on 17.31.
The Dynamos started the brighter in the second period – Adam McNicoll firing wide before Arran Strawson cross checked Joe Allen to give Streatham a powerplay. With the Redhawks applying the pressure Damien King had to be on guard to save a Ryan Giles drive through a crowd of bodies. With the Mos then breathing a sigh of relief having seen out the powerplay they fell asleep as Steve Fisher broke clear however the forward fired well wide of King’s net when it appeared easier to score. Michal Oravec almost put the teams level moments later but the netminder was on top form yet again to keep the Streatham import out. Oravec’s next bit of action was a visit to the penalty box for hacking down Adam Rehak but, frustratingly, the Dynamos failed to carve out any clear chances on the powerplay. Rehak was playing out of his skin and he finally got his just rewards on 33.24 – latching onto an Arran Strawson pass to dance his way through challenges and poke the puck under King for 2-0. Kevin Parrish would not have been happy on 37 minutes when Jarvis Mewett got sent into the penalty box for checking from behind – the resulting powerplay capitalised on by Joe Johnston on 39.00 for 2-1 assisted by Oravec and Euan King. However, with the clock ticking down, Nicky Lewis restored the two goal cushion right on the buzzer for a 3-1 lead to the Dynamos ahead of the last.
Streatham changed netminders for the third period as Will Sanderson replaced Euan King between the pipes. Damien King was again on hand to defy both Casimir Madren-Britton and Adam Wood in the third period, but the frame really ignited in the last two minutes. Streatham decided to pull netminder Sanderson from his frame in favour of the extra skater but the move backfired. With just a minute to go a mix-up between James Warman and David Savage enabled Adam Rehak to score in an empty net for 4-1 and complete his hat-trick. Seconds later Adam McNicoll sealed victory with number five – converting after both Ryan Giles and Joe Johnston served penalties following assists by Condren and Webster.
So it was a road win for the Dynamos in South London and an excellent result given the number of absentees. Man of the match for Invicta went to forward Mason Webster whilst David Savage took the honours for the home side.
Written by Lee Allen