The Invicta Dynamos made it two away wins on the bounce with an entertaining 4-2 victory in Milton Keynes against the MK Thunder on Saturday night. The Mos took to the ice without Luke Thirkettle, Owen Rider and Gregor McAllan. Brandon Webster and Owen Dell made a welcome return whilst Zach Grandy-Smith continued on netminder duty.
Jake Stedman struck the first shot of the game on 50 seconds with the puck hitting netminder Graham Laverick’s shoulder and deflecting away. When Thunder’s player coach Antti Kohvakka held back Brandon Webster on 02:19 the Mos were given an early powerplay which they took full advantage of – Arran Strawson stroking the puck into the net on 02:46 with Juraj Huska the provider.
The Thunder went close on 04:10 through captain Alex Whyte but the Mos quickly switched play with Sedivy bursting forward in attack and rounding Laverick but not finding the net. Moments later the hosts intercepted a Dynamos pass and pushed forward with Whyte eventually placing a shot on target which Grandy-Smith knocked away. The Kent side were on another powerplay on 08:19 when James Lindley was penalised for holding but this time the Thunder kept the visitors at bay.
The Mos continued to show they were the stronger side during the first period with Conor Redmond and Elliot Farrell linking up to find Harrison Lillis who fired a shot straight at Laverick. The netminder was again called into action when Arran Strawson fired a shot from the blue line which Anthony Leone tipped but it was read by the netminder. On 14:57 the Thunder were awarded their first powerplay when Buckland brought down Ryan James and 50 seconds later the away side found themselves defending a 5 on 3 with Strawson sent to the box for a high stick offence. However, the Dynamos kept the Thunder away from Grandy-Smith and the pressure was reduced near the end of the period when Thunder’s James Lindley received a 2+2 penalty for roughing and misconduct.
That Lindley penalty carried into the second period and the travelling side used that to go 2-0 up on 20: 58 – Huska and Giles teeing-up Tom Davis to dispatch past Laverick. Callum Medclaf committed a tripping penalty in the 21st minute, which was well defended by the Thunder – but when he skated back onto the ice from the penalty box he immediately received the puck and was clear on goal but Grandy-Smith saved and they both collided. Tempers then flared and the Mos saw Tom Davis (slashing) and Ryan Giles (cross checking) put in the penalty box leaving them having to defend a 5 on 3 for the second time in the match which they did magnificently keeping their clean sheet intact.
Once at full strength the Dynamos instantly increased the scoreline to 3-0 – Giles knocking the puck forward to Huska who shot across goal for Davis to touch in past Laverick on 26:27. It was soon 4-0 to the Dynamos – Scored on 36:50 when Huska took control of a pass from Davis and raced to net before tucking past Laverick with the second assist going to Arran Strawson.
Huska sat an early penalty in the final period for interference but once the Mos were back to full strength they continued to attack at the Thunder. Firstly Jake Stedman dribbled left to right to beat his man but he saw his shot saved. Filip Sedivy then saw an effort hit the post but the game quickly switched up the other end of the ice pad and a slip by Elliot Farrell enabled the puck to fall kindly to Sam Chandler who put Ryan James clear to make it 1-4 on 46:36. Two minutes later and it was 2-4 – Ryan Gadeke squeezing an opportunity for Iain Peters to beat Grandy-Smith.
On 53:16 Kohvakka was given two penalty minutes for roughing on Jake Stedman and Dale Buckland was also given ten minutes for misconduct in retaliation to the Thunder’s player coach which effectively ended his night. In the 55th minute tempers again escalated when Samuel Dean and Alex Whyte won the puck from Webster and attacked the Mos’ net with Grandy-Smith making a save but and all the players colliding with him. As a result two separate fights broke out – Stephenson with the take down on Lindley and Lillis tussling with Medclaf. The Dynamos came out the worse once order was restored as Lillis was thrown out of the game after he got a match penalty for fighting. Dean was given two minutes for interference on Grandy-Smith, Lindley 2+2 for fighting and the Mos pair of Stephenson and Sedivy 2+2 for fighting. The Dynamos manged to close out the remainder of the game and secured another two league points with a 4-2 win, albeit at the cost of a suspension for Harrison Lillis.
Milton Keynes Points: S. Chandler 0+1, R. James 1+0, I. Peters 1+0, R. Gadeke 0+1
Invicta Points: K. Jones 0+1, L. Thirkettle 2+0, J. Stedman 0+1, T. Davis 0+1, C. Redmond 1+0, A. Leone 1+0, E. Farrell 0+1, A. Strawson 1+0, H. Lillis 0+1, J. Huska 0+2, R. Giles 0+1, F. Sedivy 0+2
Milton Keynes: G. Laverick (Thunder) – 91.11% (45 shots / 4 goals)
Invicta: Z. Grandy-Smith (Dynamos) – 90.91% (22 shots / 2 goals)
Milton Keynes: 20
Man of the Match:
Milton Keynes: James Lindley
Invicta: Elliot Farrell
Written by Lee Allen