The Swindon Wildcats took a huge advantage into the 2nd leg of the playoff quarter finals on Saturday night final following an 11-1 first-leg win over the Invicta Dynamos at the Link Centre.
The Dynamos were missing defencemen Ryan Giles, Arran Strawson and Harrison Lillis whilst young Luke Thirkettle missed out due to not playing enough games to be eligible. The Mos did however recall Joe Allen from injury.
Sam Bullas scored the first of his hat-trick in the second minute of the game whilst Aaron Nell then scooped home a clever finish after wrapping round the Mos’ net on four minutes. The Dynamos were pinned into their own zone most of the period and only managed three efforts on netminder Renny Marr.
Once the second period got underway Sam Jones made it 3-0 on 21:07 before Anthony Leone grabbed an exquisite goal for the Mos on 25:15 – Ondrej Zosiak and Ryan Morgan linking-up to play Leone into the left circle with the captain hitting a clinical finish for 3-1. The Wildcats then steamed further ahead with Bullas grabbing his second and Jan Kostal tallying to end the 2nd period on 5-1.
The Wildcats then rolled in another six goals in the final period – Loris Taylor, Chris Jones, Eliot Randall, Floyd Taylor all scored along with Kostal who grabbed his second and Bullas rounded off his hat-trick. The Wildcats also introduced young netminder Tyler Perre with 13 minutes of the game remaining to provide him with some game experience.
Wildcats: S. Jones 1+1, C. Jones 1+3, F. Taylor 1+1, S. Bullas 3+0, L. Taylor 1+1, A. Nell 1+2, L. Johnson 0+1, J. Kostal 2+2, S. Whitfield 0+1, N. Liddiard 0+2, J. Hoog 0+3, E. Bebris 0+2, E. Randall 1+2
Dynamos: A. Leone 1+0, O. Zosiak 0+1, R. Morgan 0+1
R. Marr- save percentage 88.89% (9 shots / 1 goal)
T. Perre – save percentage 100% (3 shots / 0 goals)
C. Morris – save percentage 79.25% (53 shots / 11 goals)
Wildcats: 4 / Dynamos: 6
Man of the match: Wildcats S. Bullas / Dynamos: M. Foord
Written by Lee Allen.