Battling Mos edged out in Essex

chelmsford_230220The Invicta Dynamos came away from Chelmsford defeated on Sunday night despite taking an early lead against their local rivals. The Dynamos were missing key players Arran Strawson and Tomas Banovsky through injury which meant they joined Kieron Jones, Gregor McAllan and Mark Williams on the absentee list. Zach Grandy-Smith started in goal for the visitors with Sonny Phillips on duty between the pipes for Chelmsford.

The first chance of the game fell the way of Andy Munroe who tired his luck from the blue line but Grandy-Smith diverted the puck to safety with an outstretched leg. Juraj Huska had the first attempt for Invicta – calling an able Phillips into action in the 3rd minute.

The Mos were on a penalty kill in the 5th minute after Huska was penalised for hooking but, despite the player deficit, they could have scored when Elliot Farrell broke shorthanded and forced Phillips into a save. The best the home side could create during their numeric advantage was a Cameron Bartlett wrist shot from the right circle which fell straight into the glove of Grandy-Smith.

With the powerplay over the Chieftains should have taken the lead when Turner passed across the crease for Darren Brown to tap home but Grandy-Smith got down low and smothered the puck. Slightly against the run of the play Invicta then opened the scoring – Juraj Huska tapping to Brandon Webster who laid off the puck to Owen Dell who smashed beyond Phillips on 08:53 for 0-1. The Chieftains immediately applied more pressure on Invicta and only a fingertip save by Grandy-Smith helped a Cameron Bartlett effort edge just over the bar.

On 11:46 Chelmsford were presented with another powerplay opportunity after Huska was reprimanded for slashing. This led to Julian Smith firing two attempts from the blue line, only for Grandy-Smith to come out on top. When the Mos returned to full strength they had their netminder to thank again to ensure they led at the interval with Grandy-Smith denying Grant Bartlett and Matt Turner before the buzzer.

The second period started with Grandy-Smith making a big spread to deny Chelmsford which then enabled Farrell to break and hit the post at the other end. With Chelmsford lucky not to be two goals down they immediately countered and scored when Gary Brown found James Ayling on 25:28 to level the tie at 1-1. Before Invicta could blink they were 2-1 down when Darren Brown added a secon only 11 seconds later and, would you believe it, on 26:21 Cameron Bartlett made it 3 goals inside a minute to put the hosts ahead 3-1. Anthony Leone instantly called a timeout to try to get his troops to refocus.

Following the restart Jake Stedman created a chance for himself which was saved before another powerplay came the way of the Chieftains in the 30th minute after Morgan was sent to the penalty box for hooking. The home side didn’t take any advantage of the powerplay as James Ayling was soon caught hooking which put both sides down to 4 skaters each. A great chance for Invicta was then created when Leone backhanded across the crease with Huska in prime position but the Slovak’s shot was blocked by Phillips. A final chance from the 2nd period for Invicta came and went when Huska had a shot deflected allowing Farrell to knock the puck back into the slot where Leone edged it but his effort was blocked.

With 43:37 on the clock, another powerplay fell to the Chieftains – Huska sitting two minutes again for hooking however, as soon as Invicta returned to full strength, the puck fell nicely for Slovak to surge forward, pull Phillips wide and score for 3-2 and assisted by Farrell and Leone on 45:49.

The Mos had a powerplay on 46:27 when Courtney Grant was penalised for tripping but nothing came from it and the game was made harder for the away side on 53:03 when Ayling worked himself into a shooting position to beat Grandy-Smith for 4-2. Invicta made life yet more difficult for themselves again on 56:58 when too many men on the ice meant another powerplay for the hosts – and they took full advantage to make it 5-2 with Cameron Bartlett putting the game out of reach for the Mos.

Chelmsford Points: C. Bartlett 2+0, G. Bartlett 0+1, D. Brown 1+0, R. Brears 0+1, G. Brown 0+1, J. Ayling 2+1

Invicta Points: B. Webster 0+1, O. Dell 1+0, A. Leone 0+1, E. Farrell 0+1, J. Huska 1+1

Chelmsford: S. Philips – 92.86% (28 shots / 2 goals)
Invicta: Z. Grandy-Smith – 90.91% (55 shots / 5 goals)

Chelmsford: 4
Invicta: 10

Man of the Match:
Chelmsford: James Ayling
Invicta: Zachary Grandy-Smith

Written by Lee Allen

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