It was a miserable evening for the Invicta Dynamos away to the Wightlink Raiders on Saturday night as they travelled without Nicky Lewis, Callum Fowler, Ashley Jackson, Steve Osman and both Bailey and Taylor Wootton and lost out 7-3 in the NIHL Southern Cup.
Despite the loss the game started wel for the Mos when Josh Condren played a defence splitting pass through to Haydn Wootton who skated towards Matt Colclough at speed and slid the puck underneath the home netminder for 1-0 on 10.41. The lead only lasted 15 seconds – Ryan Webb having a shot saved by Damien King only for Jaroslav Cesky to gobble up the rebound for 1-1. The Dynamos tried in vain to regain the edge and were given a chance on 13.20 when Dan Shier was given a tripping penalty but the visitors failed to make the most of the powerplay. Soon after Wightlink then took the lead on 18.33 – Chris Cooke blasting a shot from the blue line which hit Josh Condren en route and deceived King for 2-1. Mason Webster sent to the box only 20 seconds later for an interference penalty and the Raiders made the most of the extra man with Cesky converting another rebound on 19.55 for a 3-1 first period lead.
The second period was a better for the Dynamos but early chances for Josh Condren and Ondrej Zosiak were saved by Matt Colclough. A tripping penalty against Dan Shier on the 30 minute mark then gave the Dynamos the opportunity to grab a goal back and they did on 31.10 thanks to a low drive from Adam Rehak assisted by Condren. However, similar to the previous period, the Dynamos were their own worst enemy as they gave away another sloppy goal -the unmarked Ryan Webb making it 4-2 on 31.42 to restore a two goal cushion. Adam Rehak could count himself unlucky to not grab his second of the night after turning Vaclav Drabek inside out only to shoot wide of Colclough’s goal. The second period ended with Wightlink’s Aidan Doughty serving his third penalty of the night on 39.35 when boarding Brad Gutridge.
The powerplay advantage in the third period wasn’t capitalised on by the Mos but they did bring the score back to 4-3 shortly after when Ondrej Zosiak fired in from the blue line on 45 minutes. With only an attempt by Mason Webster that hit the post coming in the remaining time the Mos were second best for most of the last period and goals by Vaclav Drabek, Daniel Rose and Aidan Doughty rounded off a miserable night on the road for the visitors – a night that had started so well.
So it was a 7-3 cup defeat in a game where the Mos were missing so many of their higher scoring players. Coach Kevin Parrish will be hoping some of his missing forwards will be back sooner rather than later. The hard working Haydn Wootton picked-up a deserved man of the match award whilst the injuries mounted up again with Josh Condren picking up a knock which limited his ice time in the final period.
Written by Lee Allen