Streatham hold off Mos to take Southern Cup

streatham_160220Streatham IHC secured the NIHL Southern Cup on Sunday after defeating the Invicta Dynamos 6-2 in the 2nd leg to win 13-5 on aggregate.

With both teams icing the same rosters as the 1st leg, the Mos started with Owen Rider in goal and the youngster was helpless as Streatham took an early lead – Farm and McCormick paired-up to set-up Thomas Beesley inside two minutes for 1-0.

Streatham continued to put pressure on Mos’ net but the Kent side finally broke out and attacked with Strawson slapping a shot at Damien King who knocked the puck wide. A Conor Redmond hooking penalty gave Streatham a numerical advantage on the ice but that was short lived as Scott Bailey was penalised for roughing and the teams were playing 4-on-4. The extra space allowed defenceman Michael Farn enough room to accept a pass from Watt and double the lead for the hosts on 4:26.

Tomas Banovský managed to beat two men in search of a Mos goal but once he lined up a shot it took a deflection off of Watt and the puck sailed high over the bar. Tempers soon flared after Brandon Webster put a shot on King – Jake Stedman went to collect the rebound from the boards which led to him and Quiney tussling and, before anyone knew it, bodies were joining in from everywhere. Once order was restored Stedman was given an interference penalty as well as 2+2 for fighting whilst Quiney also received 2+2 for fighting.

Although Streatham had a powerplay from the incident the Mos initially kept them at bay but were soon 3-0 down when Ben Paynter struck past Rider on 11:07. Paynter then hit the post seconds later for Streatham who were looking to put the game out of sight.

A 12th minute wrangle between Wood and Lillis then saw both players given two penalty minutes for roughing and from the restart Rider produced a great save as the puck fell to Carr in front forcing with Rider to spread big and save with his foot. Invicta then had a great chance to get a consolation before the buzzer as Huska broke clear with only King to beat but the netminder pulled out a save.

At the start of the 2nd period the Mos conceded two early goals. Goal 4 for Streatham was struck by Carr after good work by Watt on 20:37 and just 13 seconds later Ingoldsby made it 5-0. This led to the Mos pulling Rider with Grandy-Smith taking position between the pipes.

The Mos then created a chance when Strawson cut the puck across the face of the Streatham’ net but no-one was on hand for the tip. Soon after Brandon Miles looked to add a 6th goal for the hosts when he struck from wide left with Grandy-Smith getting a touch on the shot which caused the puck to stop on the line with the netminder quickly covering. Streatham went on to concede two quick penalties – Ingoldsby for a late hit (28:40) and Quiney for roughing with Aiken on 28:04. This was enough for the Mos to grab a goal which came after Huska flicked the puck to Leone to strike past King on 28:40 – Davis getting the 2nd assist.

No remarkable comeback was on the cards though with Streatham replying within a minute as Wood netted unassisted for 6-1 on 29:05. Another Mos powerplay came and went when Ryan Watt held back Huska on an attack whilst the Mos also killed a Lillis penalty that was given in the 37th minute.

The final period saw Carr receive the puck right in front of the net with Grandy-Smith having to deny him twice. On a Mos attack Luke Thirkettle wrapped around the back of King’s goal and found Dale Buckland on the edge of the D but there were too many bodies to block him off.

Moments later Grandy-Smith denied both Beesley and Carr before a tussle for the puck in front of the Mos’ bench resulted in Miles lashing out to give away a needless penalty. On the powerplay Huska slapped a shot from the blue line which hit Jordan Gregory on the head forcing a delay to the game as the Streatham man skated off for treatment.

At the restart Invicta grabbed the last goal of the night – Huska striking whilst the Mos were still on the powerplay for 6-2 unassisted on 49:56. With the final ten minutes showing plenty of commitment it wasn’t enough to narrow the gap and Streatham ending out winning 13-5 on aggregate.

Streatham Points: B. Miles 0+1, B. Paynter 1+1, T. Beesley 1+0, A. Carr 1+0, S. Bailey 0+1, A. Wood 1+0, R. Watt 0+3, M. Farn 1+2, D. Ingoldsby 1+0, R. McCormick 0+1

Invicta Points: T. Davis 0+1, A. Leone 1+0, J. Huska 1+1

Streatham: D. King – 92.00% (25 shots / 2 goals)
Invicta: O. Rider – 82.76% (29 shots / 5 goals), Z. Grandy-Smith – 95.24% (21 shots / 1 goals)

Streatham: 20
Invicta: 16

Man of the Match:
Streatham: Ryan Watt
Invicta: Juraj Huska

Wrtten by Lee Allen.

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