Invicta Dynamos bounced back from a cup defeat to Streatham with a comfortable 6-3 victory over Milton Keynes Thunder in Gillingham on Sunday.
Dynamos were without the injured Dale Buckland and Brandon Webster whilst the Thunder were missing Jamie Chandler, Connor Mellett, Kyle Nash and Logan Prince.
Dynamos opened the scoring at 03:02 as Juraj Huska fired a shot from the left circle and the puck flew between the netminder’s pad and blocker to make it 1-0. The hosts continue to force turnovers from the visitors as they charged into the Thunder zone and it paid dividends when Ryan Giles sent a wrist shot from the top of the left circle towards the top near corner beyond Graham Laverick for 2-0 at 07:02.
Harrison Lillis collided with Thunder forwards Iain Peters mid-ice with a hip check which sent them both crashing onto the ice as both teams attempted to use their physicality to dominate the other. Anthony Leone hit a Thunder forward into the boards, Zac Chamberlain skated in and tried to land a hit on the Dynamos player coach. Leone shoved Chamberlain down onto the ice and the two exchanged words behind the play.
Farrell fed the puck to Owen Dell who sent it flying along the ice towards Laverick – the netminder slipped but landed on the puck. There was yet another mid-ice hit as Jake Stedman collided with James Lindley and the two bounced off of each other. The Dynamos charged back into the Thunder zone and Conor Redmond let off a shot but the netminder padded it into the corner.
Luke Thirkettle chased Antti Kohvakka up the boards and hit the Thunder defenceman. Kohvakka unamused by the young forward’s fore-checking then checked Thirkettle in the face. Whistle was blown and the defenceman received a 2 + 10 penalty for a check to the head.
With less than a minute remaining of the first period, Arran Strawson received a two-minute penalty for interference. The Thunder made use of their powerplay and scored five seconds in at 19:21 – Sam Chandler took a shot from the blue line and Ryan Gadeke redirected the puck beyond Zach Grandy-Smith. End of the first period and the Dynamos led 2-1. The Thunder and Dynamos players came together after the buzzer, but the officials managed to split them.
Second period begun as Leone sent a slapshot towards the net but Laverick managed to glove the effort. Thunder then scored their second goal of the game at 25:11 as Peters deked past Joe Stephenson and fired beyond Grandy-Smith to tie it up at 2-2. The Dynamos were quick to retaliate as Leone beat the netminder with a wrist shot into the back of the net from the right circle at 27:13.
Soon after Stedman went in for a hit on a Thunder player who turned at the last minute resulting in Stedman receiving a 2 + 10 checking from behind penalty. Play continued back and forth for the remainder of the period with several shots on net but neither side tallied and the frame came to an end with the Mos leading 3-2.
Third period began as Filip Sedivy tried to extend the Dynamos’ lead with a shot from the top of the circle. Farrell stood in front of the net and tried to ram the puck home but Laverick covered the play. Leone received a two-minute slashing penalty soon after and not even five seconds into the powerplay Luke Curtis fired a shot from the blue line that was redirected by Sam Prosser in front to make it 3-3 43:54.
Back to 5-on-5, Redmond took a shot from the side of the net but the netminder managed to catch his effort. Goal number four for the Dynamos then followed at 48:22 as Sedivy skated round the Thunder defence and dispatched the puck into the top right corner to put the hosts 4-3 to the good.
Soon after Prosser hit a Dynamos player with a high elbow and was immediately chased by Stephenson and Giles who wanted retribution. Prosser received a two-minute penalty for elbowing; Callum Medcalf received a two-minute roughing penalty and Giles and Stephenson both received two minutes for roughing. Both teams became more physical as time went by and Simpson was sent to the penalty box for a two-minute slashing penalty. On the powerplay Huska smacked a slapshot towards the goal but the puck bounced clear off of the post.
Dynamos led 5-3 at 55:35 when they had yet another shot on the powerplay – Huska circled round and passed to Strawson in the slot and the defenceman fired the puck home beyond Laverick for the two goal cushion. Less than five minutes remained of the game as Tom Davis received two minutes for hooking and was sent to the box. Thunder on the powerplay pulled their netminder for a 6-on-4 play. Elliot Farrell almost found the empty net as the Dynamos managed to intercept the puck and Farrell fired towards the target but his effort slid wide.
Back to full strength and the Thunder pulled their netminder once again. Farrell made sure he would not make the same mistake again and carried the puck towards the visitor’s zone and fired the puck off of the blue line into the empty net to complete the victor with goal number six for the Dynamos scored at 59:15.
End of the game and the Invicta Dynamos won 6-3 against the Milton Keynes Thunder. Simpson and Buckland exchanged words from the Dynamos bench during the handshakes. Simpson was pushed away from the bench by the officials.
Written by Hannah Lawrence