Category: Game Reports

National League: Basingstoke Bison 7 London Raiders 1

Raiders goalie Euan King suffered an injury as his side slipped to defeat against former EPL club Basingstoke.

King was hurt while making a save early in the final period, with Raiders 4-0 down, and left the ice with 13 and a half minutes still to be played.

Captain Tom Davis took over between the pipes for the rest of the match, but was beaten three times on six shots faced to give the final scoreline a more lopsided look.

Raiders travelled in high spirits after their 11-1 win at Invicta, but were made to pay the penalty as they conceded three power play goals in the first period.

Bison took the lead at 10.47 when Tomas Karpov teed up Ashley Jackson as Jack Cooper served a slashing minor.

And it was 2-0 with Andrew Munroe sidelined by a tripping penalty when Ivan Antonov cut inside and fired through King’s skates.

A roughing call against JJ Pitchley then gave Bison the chance to net their third goal, as Karpov got in on the act from Antonov’s pass.

The hosts dominated the shot count 19-3 in the first session, but had to wait until midway through the second stanza to add to their tally as captain Aaron Connolly fired into the roof of the net from Jaroslav Cesky’s pass.

Raiders lost Alan Lack to a 2+10 penalty for checking to the head, followinng a hit on Grant Rounding, and then saw him given a game misconduct against his former club.

But the visitors killed off the minor penalty and others against JJ McGrath and Pitchley either side of the interval.

The game was delayed while Davis changed into goalie kit following King’s injury, with regular back-up Zach Grandy-Smith not available.

And Bison went 5-0 up when Olegs Lascenko saw an attempted clearance rebound into the net off Davis, with Connolly given credit for the goal.

It was 6-0 just 53 seconds later as Antonov fired home his seconnd of thenight, but Raiders grabbed a consolation when Marek Nahlik saw his shot find a way through Dean Skinns on a delayed penalty.

Bison had the final say when Jackson collected a pass from Paul Petts and shot past Davis, four minutes from time, and Raiders will now wait to see what damage King has suffered as they prepare to host Swindon at Lee Valley on Sunday (5.30pm).

National League Cup: Invicta 1 London Raiders 11

Jack Cooper netted his first Raiders goal on his 117th appearance for the team as they claimed the National League Cup points in style in Gillingham.

Barely two minutes had been played when Juraj Huska put Raiders ahead against one of his former clubs, lifting a rebound into the roof of the net after Sean Barry’s low shot was saved by Damien King.

And Raiders doubled their advantage just past the 12-minute mark when Matt Turner broke away to net a shorthanded goal, before JJ McGrath clashed with Mason Webster and was ejected on a 5+game penalty.

Invicta hit back during their major powerplay as Adam Rehak beat Euan King on the backhand, but Raiders restored their two-goal lead soon after as Huska set up Jake Sylvester at the far post.

And it was 4-1 before the break as defenceman Cooper finally ended his long wait for a goal in a gold and blue uniform with a shot from the blue line past the unsighted King.

Raiders killed off a holding penalty against Ollie Baldock early in the middle period, before extending their lead through Marek Nahlik in the 28th minute.

And Baldock then returned to the ice to get his name on the scoresheet, after another assist from Huska, just before the midway mark.

Invicta called a timeout after conceding twice in 59 seconds and went on the powerplay when Turner was called for charging, before Callum Burnett and Brandon Webster clashed.

But Raiders moved 7-1 up when Nahlik netted his second goal of the night on a delayed penalty call inside the final two minutes of the period, lifting the puck over King after JJ Pitchley and Brandon Ayliffe had combined.

The hosts replaced King with John Dibble for the final period, but import Rehak had to be helped off the ice in the opening minute with a leg injury.

Olegs Lascenko fired a chance wide for Raiders, while Sylvester saw his effort hit Dibble’s shoulder and bounce clear.

But Raiders got their eighth in the 47th minute as Ayliffe found the back of the net with a fine finish, and it was 9-1 just four seconds into a powerplay chance as Huska’s slapshot through traffic beat Dibble.

Dynamos killed off a holding penalty against Harrison Lillis, but Raiders hit double figures as Huska netted via the crossbar at the far post to complete his hat-trick after another fast counter-attack.

Raiders had replaced Euan King with Zach Grandy-Smith for his first action of the season in goal and Pitchley piled on more misery for the home side with a simple finish after Lascenko and Ayliffe combined.

A late powerplay chance, following a penalty against Brandon Webster, went to waste, but Raiders skated off emphatic winners.

Raiders: Huska 3+2, Nahlik 2, Pitchley 1+3, Ayliffe 1+3, Sylvester 1, Baldock 1, Cooper 1, Turner 1, Barry 0+2, Connolly 0+2, Wells 0+1, Beesley 0+1, Lascenko 0+1.

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

National League Cup: London Raiders 3 Streatham 4

Raiders fell to their third cup loss against London rivals Streatham after another close contest at Lee Valley.

Beaten 5-3 on home ice in their opening match of the new season, and having suffered a penalty shoot-out loss in the return in south London, Raiders were hoping it would be third time lucky against Jeremy Cornish’s men.

They were without Alan Lack, while the visitors arrived missing Michael Farn, and saw Marek Nahlik force the first save of the night from Matt Colclough.

Euan King denied Brandon Miles with a wraparound attempt, before Colclough steered Matt Turner’s shot wide, and Streatham got the first powerplay when Tom Davis was called for holding.

Thomas Beesley was then binned for tripping Ryan Watt, giving the visitors 72 seconds with a two-man advantage, with King producing a fine save and Andy Munroe a vital block to kill off the penalties.

But no sooner had Raiders returned to full strength then Miles fired home at the far post to open the scoring.

JJ Pitchley saw a chance to level hampered by an unkind bounce of the puck, before the hosts failed to capitalise on a good powerplay chance, as Jake Sylvester and Pitchley were denied by Colclough saves.

Olegs Lascenko was also thwarted as a 5-on-3 spell came to an end, before Joe Allen came out of the penalty box and forced King to save.

Ollie Baldock had the last chance of the opening period for Raiders, who edged the shot count 13-11, and the home side drew level in the 28th minute after Watt was called for roughing.

Nahlik was credited with the equalising goal, although Munroe looked to have tipped the shot in front of Colclough, but Raiders needed King to produce saves from Ben Paynter and Watt to keep it level.

Colclough’s glove hand denied Nahlik before a loose Raiders pass was intercepted and Aidan Doughty flashed a shot over king’s blocker from a tight angle to put Streatham back in front late in the middle session.

Raiders were given another powerplay chance early in the final stanza when Jacob Ranson’s outstretched stick sent Sam Roberts to the ice and they made it count as Sylvester converted Lascenko’s pass out from behind the net.

Pitchley was called for holding soon after and King saved from Ryan Webb, before Nahlik was binned for slashing.

That gave Streatham 15 seconds with two extra men and they made Raiders pay as Adam Carr beat King to make it 3-2 with 10 minutes remaining.

A slashing call against Watt handed the hosts a chance to reply, with Sean Barry seeing two big slapshots deflected wide.

Juraj Huska was a low effort saved by man of the match Colclough, who produced another superb stop on the Slovakian before Raiders removed King for an extra skater.

James Warman found the empty net with a clearance from his own end to make it 4-2 with 20 seconds left on the clock and although Matt Turner hit back from Beesley’s pass on the next shift it was too late to make a difference for Raiders, who head to Invicta on Sunday.

Raiders: Matt Turner 1+1, Jake Sylvester 1, Marek Nahlik* 1, Andy Munroe 0+1, Thomas Beesley 0+1, Olegs Lascenko 0+1, Sean Barry 0+1.

Streatham: Brandon Miles 1, James Warman 1, Adam Carr 1, Aidan Doughty 1, Alex Sampford 0+2, Ryan Watt 0+1, Ryan Webb 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Raiders 8 Streatham 12.

Shots faced: Euan King (L, 59.49) 11-8-7=26-3 Empty net (0.11) 1-1; Matt Colclough (S) 13-13-13=39-3.

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

National League Cup: Streatham 3 London Raiders 2 (after pens)

Buoyed by their 5-4 win over Invicta at Lee Valley on Saturday, they were unable to take advantage of early powerplay chances after penalties against Brandon Miles and Adam Wood.

And Streatham took the lead with 11 minutes gone as Michael Farn converted on a powerplay, following a hooking call against Thomas Beesley.

Miles and Julian Smith clashed late in the first period, with the Raiders defenceman picking up an additional minor penalty for kneeing.

And another clash between Andrew Munroe and former Raider Jacob Ranson, seconds before the buzzer, gave the home side another powerplay chance which they capitalised on at the start of the second period, with Sean Barry also binned for hooking, as Farn fired home his second goal of the game.

Raiders dominated the shot count 19-12 in the middle period, but could not find a way past Matt Colclough as the scoreline remained blank.

However, they halved the deficit in the 47th minute when Huska finally found the net and the Slovakian squared matters with a powerplay goal with less than four minutes remaining, after James Warman was called for a delay of game minor.

But when a five-minute overtime spell of 3-on-3 could not separate the two sides, the match went to a shoot-out and Adam Carr hit a post before Jake Sylvester’s effort was saved by Colclough.

Aidan Doughty and Huska also missed, before Ryan Watt found a way past Euan King, and JJ Pitchley’s miss saw Streatham claim the victory.

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

National League Cup: London Raiders 5 Invicta Dynamos 4

London Raiders hold on for their first victory of the NIHL Cup campaign despite a late fightback from their rivals Invicta Dynamos.

The Lee Valley-based club moved up to second in the cup after bagging their first win on home ice this season without Callum Wells and Sam Roberts in the line-up.

Less than half a minute had been played when Alan Lack went in on Adam Rehak and both players were sent to the penalty box on roughing minors.

And Raiders opened the scoring on 47 seconds through Ollie Baldock, before doubling their advantage after barely three minutes as Brandon Ayliffe beat Damien King.

Captain Tom Davis was called for high sticks, giving Invicta a powerplay chance, but Euan King denied Scott Bailey before Marek Nahlik was given a tripping penalty and the visitors converted on their 5-on-3 chance through Josh Condren.

Raiders restored their two-goal cushion in the 14th minute, though, as Juraj Huska found the net for the first time since his return to the club.

And only a superb double save from King denied Nahlik another Raiders goal, before Lack and Rehak clashed at the end of the period, after the hosts had dominated the shot count 20-5.

Raiders ended up with a powerplay as Rehak received six minutes to Lack’s four and Seb Downing picked up a charging penalty after colliding with Euan King, before Raiders moved 4-1 up early in the middle period through JJ Pitchley.

The hosts killed off penalties against Nahlik and Olegs Lascenko, as Ondrej Zosiak fired a shot against the post, and then saw Huska denied by Damien King before Julian Smith was called for tripping Condren.

Dynamos could not capitalise and then fell 5-1 down as Huska claimed his second goal of the night in the 38th minute.

But the visitors hit back early in the final stanza as Harrison Lillis picked up a loose puck in front of Euan King’s net and blasted home and Scott Bailey forced a pad save from the Raiders keeper.

JJ McGrath was called for charging and Dynamos made it 5-3 as Callum Fowler teed up Tommy Ralph to convert on the powerplay, before Brandon Webster forced another save from Euan King.

And after Rehak closed the gap to one moments later, Raiders called a timeout to settle themselves down.

King had to be alert to save from Bailey after another break from Fowler, before Invicta’s Ryan Morgan was called for holding, but Raiders could not make the extra man count and the match remained in the balance with six minutes to play.

Raiders: Huska (2+1), Oliver Baldock (1+1), Brandon Ayliffe (1+0), Jj Pitchley (1+0), Thomas Beesley (0+1), Jake Sylvester (0+1), John Connolly (0+1), Euan King (0+1).

Dynamos: Tom Ralph (1+1), Adam Rehak (1+0), Harrison Lillis (1+0), Joshua Condren (1+0), Callum Fowler (0+2), Sebastian Downing (0+1), Ryan Morgan (0+1).

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

National League: MK Thunder 5 London Raiders 7

London Raiders held off a spirited fightback from MK Thunder to open their National League account with a win.

Beaten at home by Streatham in the cup competition a day earlier, Raiders skated into a 6-1 lead by the 29th minute.

But the home side hit back with four unanswered goals, before Raiders made sure of the points late on.

The visitors opened the scoring on a powerplay as Jake Sylvester found space to beat Tom Annetts.

And they quickly doubled their lead as Olegs Lascenko saw a shot blocked and captain Tom Davis pounced to convert the rebound.

Jamie Line hit back for the home side in the 15th minute, but Raiders deservedly restored their two-goal advantage just 11 seconds later as Alan Lack fired home, as they dominated the shot count 18-7.

The middle period was barely four minutes old when Raiders netted their fourth as Matt Turner saw his shot saved and Marek Nahlik reacted quickest to fire home the loose puck.

And JJ Pitchley got in on the act with a powerplay goal at 27:44, before Olegs Lascenko netted a shorthanded sixth just 42 seconds later, as Jack Cooper served an interference minor.

The hosts hit back less than a minute later on the same powerplay, though, as Rio Grinnell-Parke netted against his former Raiders team-mates, but Juraj Huska was a whisker away moments later when ringing a shot off the goal frame.

Ross Bowers bagged a third for Thunder with just over four minutes remaining in the period, to cut the gap to three heading into the final stanza.

And it was down to two just four minutes after the restart as Grinnell-Parke got his second goal of the night for the hosts.

Raiders called a timeout soon after, but with less than 10 minutes to play, Thunder gave themselves real hope as Ross Green grabbed their fifth on a powerplay, with Brandon Ayliffe serving a high-sticking penalty, to leave Raiders nerve jangling.

But Raiders capitalised on a man advantage of their own with less than four minutes on the clock as Huska played Pitchley through and he slipped the puck under Annetts for his second goal of the night to make sure of the points.

Thunder: Grinnell-Parke 2, Green 1+1, Linne 1+1, Bowers 1, Whyte 0+2, Carlon 0+1, Quiney 0+1, Christie 0+1.

Raiders: Pitchley 2, Nahlik* 1+2, Lascenko 1+1, Davis 1, Lack 1, Sylvester 1, Connolly 0+2, Barry 0+2, Turner 0+1, Baldock 0+1, Huska* 0+1, Smith 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Thunder 6 Raiders 6.

Shots faced: Annetts (MK) 18-14-12=44-7 King (L) 7-16-13=36-5.

Referee: Tim Pickett.

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

National League Cup: London Raiders 3 Streatham 5

London Raiders made a losing start to the 2017/18 season as Streatham skated off with the National League Cup points in Lee Valley.

The South London club had romped to 12-0 friendly win over the Lions two weeks earlier, while a new-look Raiders were making their first outing of the campaign.

And only four and a half minutes had been played when Ryan Watt put the visitors in front with an unassisted goal and Raiders lost Olegs Lascenko to a minor penalty for clipping soon after.

JJ Pitchley and Brandon Miles were binned after a clash, with Raiders given a powerplay chance, but they were unable to capitalise and saw another man-advantage go to waste late in the first period.

Streatham lost Brendan Baird to a 2+10 penalty for checking from behind before the break, having been outshot 14-7 in the opening stanza.

But Raiders had to kill off a slashing call against Julian Smith after the restart, before drawing level through Pitchley, assisted by Alan Lack.

Streatham lost Michael Farn to a roughing penalty just before the midway mark and Raiders made them pay as Juraj Huska and Ollie Baldock combined on the powerplay to set up Jake Sylvester.

The home side’s joy was shortlived, however, as Marek Nahlik was called for charging just 25 seconds later, with Miles squaring matters on Streatham’s powerplay.

Webb then clashed with Pitchley and picked up a slashing minor and 10-minute misconduct penalty, while team-mate Ben Paynter also received a 10-minute misconduct and Lack was given 2+2+10 for joining in the melee.

That saw the visitors with an extra skater and they made it count as Farn converted to put them 3-2 up, before former Raider Jacob Ranson was binned for slashing as they edged the shot count 13-9 in the middle frame.

Baird gave Streatham some breathing space with their fourth goal, just over four minutes into the final session, and Raiders were frustrated that a hit on Jack Cooper went unpunished by the officials, before Lack was binned for holding.

But Danny Rose was then binned for interference with just over four minutes remaining and the visitors saw Paynter pick up another minor inside the final two minutes.

Raiders called a timeout and withdrew goalie Euan King for an extra skater, but the move backfired as Adam Carr fired into the empty net to cap Streatham’s win.

Sylvester had the last word with a late consolation for Raiders, but coaches Sean Easton and Alan Blyth will now look to lift their team from their opening-day setback for their opening league fixture against MK Thunder on Sunday (6.30pm).

Raiders: Jake Sylvester 2, JJ Pitchley 1, Juraj Huska* 0+2, Alan Lack 0+1, Ollie Baldock 0+1.

Streatham: Adam Carr 1+1, Ryan Watt 1+1, Michael Farn 1+1, Brandon Miles 1, Brendan Baird 1, Aidan Doughty 0+2.

Penalty minutes: Raiders 24 Streatham 52.

Shots faced: Euan King (L, 59.28) 7-13-12=32-4 Empty net (0.32) 1-1, Matt Colclough (S) 14-9-10=33-3.

Referee: Will Hewitt.

Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder