Category: Game Reports

National League: Invicta 1 London Raiders 7

Raiders eased to a comfortable win over Invicta in Gillingham on Saturday to keep their top-four hopes alive.

After all the excitement of their wins against Cardiff and Swindon in their new Romford home rink at Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre, Raiders travelled to Kent without defencemen Andy Munroe and Callum Burnett.

But they took the lead inside two minutes as Jake Sylvester found Ollie Baldock unmarked in front of John Dibble to fire into the roof of the net and it was 2-0 before the four-minute mark as Juraj Huska beat Ondrej Zosiak and fired a slapshot into the bottom corner of the net.

Michael Gray made two decent saves as Invicta went on a power play, after Matt Turner was called for interference, but Tom Davis was inches away from a third Raiders goal as his shot hit the inside of a post and bounced clear.

Gray kicked out a low shot from Harrison Lillis, then pushed aside Arran Strawson’s wristshot, before Sylvester thundered a drive into the chest of Dibble at the other end.

But a delay of game minor penalty against Marek Nahlik handed the hosts another man advantage in the final minute of the first period, with Gray reacting well to save from Tommy Ralph.

Raiders killed off the rest of the penalty at the start of the middle session and saw Gray deny Scott Bailey and Mason Webster at close range, then keep out George Hoang’s shot from the left face-off circle.

And it was 3-0 in the 25th minute as Nahlik sent a wristshot over Dibble from the slot, assisted by Alan Lack.

Gray denied Strawson a quick reply, when the puck fell to the Dynamos defenceman in the high slot, and he also thwarted Jaroslav Cesky at the far post, before Sylvester sent a wristshot off the arm of Dibble.

Mason Webster saw a quick shot hit the top of Gray’s stick and stay out as he looked for a gap at the near post, before Wells had a low slapshot stopped and smothered by Dibble.

And Raiders went 4-0 up with just over four minutes left in the period, with a quick counter-attack that ended with Huska’s cross-ice pass being drilled over Dibble, first time, by Olegs Lascenko.

But Invicta broke their duck with just 18 seconds left on the clock as Cesky found Hoang to finally send the puck past Gray and give the hosts a glimmer of hope heading into the final frame.

Raiders restored their four-goal cushion just 33 seconds after the restart as Lascenko set up Huska for his second goal of the night.

And Nahlik went close to another, beating his man on the left and firing off the far post, before Huska and Turner combined to set up Lascenko at the far post for the sixth.

Baldock was called for slashing as the match headed into the last 10 minutes, but Nahlik netted a shorthanded seventh for Raiders, after a mistake by Ralph, to complete a hat-trick against his former club.

JJ Pitchley was then binned for tripping Brandon Webster, as Baldock’s penalty came to an end, to hand Invicta another power play chance, but Raiders survived without much alarm.

Davis and Strawson dropped the gloves after clashing behind the play in the closing seconds, but it was a mere footnote as Sean Easton’s men made it eight wins in eight against the Dynamos this season.

Raiders return to their new Romford home to entertain Basingstoke at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre next Sunday (February 18).

Invicta: George Hoang 1, Jaroslav Cesky* 0+1, Mason Webster.

Raiders: Juraj Huska* 2+2, Olegs Lascenko 2+1, Marek Nahlik* 2, Ollie Baldock 1, Matt Turner 0+2, Thomas Beesley 0+1, Alan Lack 0+1, Julian Smith 0+1, Jake Sylvester 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Invicta 8, Raiders 12.

Shots on goal: John Dibble (I) 14-12-17=43-7, Michael Gray (L) 16-15-12=43-1.



Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder

National League: Raiders 5 Swindon Wildcats 4 (after pens)

Everyone Active Raiders claimed a second home victory at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre after a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Swindon.

Having beaten Cardiff 5-2 on opening night, the signs looked ominous for Raiders as the visitors scored twice inside seven minutes, but they dug deep to force the extra period.

And Ollie Baldock and Marek Nahlik then netted their penalty shots to earn the home side the extra point in memorable fashion.

Alan Lack saw an early attempt snuffed out at close range, while John Connolly’s low wristshot was gloved aside and JJ Pitchley forced a blocker save from Remy Marr, all inside the opening two minutes.

But Lack was then called for slashing Max Birbraer to hand Swindon a power play, with Chris Jones forcing Michael Gray to save his tight angled shot an Aaron Nell’s slapshot was well held.

Gray then stonewalled Sam Bullas with a superb, eye catching save in close as Wildcats looked set to open the scoring, only for Nahlik to pick up an elbowing minor.

Birbraer rang the crossbar on the ensuing man advantage before the pressure finally told and Nell fizzed a slapshot through Gray’s defences.

And it was 2-0 soon after as Nell teed up Birbraer to whip the puck home with barely seven minutes gone.

Jake Sylvester went close to a reply but his backhand was gloved by Marr, before Bullas was called for holding Jack Cooper.

But Gray had to make a blocker save from Phil Hill, before Olegs Lascenko called Marr into action.

And Hill almost capitalised on a mistake by Julian Smith by the boards, but Gray was alert to make the save.

Sam Godfrey was called for boarding Lack, who earned a retaliatory roughing minor to negate the Raiders power play towards the end of the first period, summing up the home side’s frustrations as they were outshot 19-7.

Juraj Huska’s close-range backhand effort hit the pads of Marr at the start of the second period, but Raiders were grateful to see Birbraer miscontrol a pass when unmarked in front of Gray moments later.

Lack was then denied on the doorstep by Marr, and flattened by 39-year-old Neil Liddiard, but Raiders halved the deficit just past the midway mark when Lascenko touched the puck on to Nahlik in mid ice and he gained the zone, faked to pass and whistled a wristshot past Marr.

And only a quick pad save from the young Swindon goalie denied Huska an equaliser from a shot on the turn on the very next shift.

But it was all square on the shift after that as Lascenko and Huska combined to set up Matt Turner for a simple finish, prompting a Swindon timeout.

Wildcats regained the lead just over a minute later as Floyd Taylor converted Luc Johnson’s pass, with former Romford junior Mikey Power also picking up an assist.

And Raiders were caught with too many men on the ice later in the period, handing Swindon another power play chance, which saw plenty of pressure applied but the scoreline remain unchanged.

Birbraer rang the crossbar soon after Raiders returned to full strength, but Huska then tested Marr from Thomas Beesley’s drop pass, before Gray kicked out Nell’s effort.

Baldock’s blast from Sylvester’s drop pass then forced a good blocker save from Marr inside the final 30 seconds of the session, giving Raiders hope for the final frame.

But Swindon went 4-2 up with just over two minutes gone as Bullas converted Birbraer’s pass and Raiders saw Nahlik hit a post, before Baldock was denied by Marr in close.

Callum Wells cleared a loose puck off the line after Gray half-stopped another Nell shot, before Lascenko sent a puck towards goal for Huska to divert past Marr to keep Raiders interested with 12 minutes still to play.

Marr’s right shoulder denied Sylvester’s wristshot from Lack’s pass, before Liddiard was called for slashing. And Raiders had good early pressure on the power play through Nahlik, Pitchley and Tom Davis, before Huska’s shot was deflected over his crossbar by Marr.

But the home side were back on terms with just over three minutes to play when Sean Barry fired a puck goalwards from the right face-off circle, looking for Huska at the far post, and saw it beat Marr at his near post, to the delight of the gold and blue army.

Neither side could find a winner in normal time and so it went to 3-on-3 overtime, with Nahlik wiring a hard blast wide after Gray had almost got caught out of his net at the other end.

Steve Whitfield pushed a good chance wide for Swindon, while Connolly hit the mask of Marr when attempting to find the net from an acute angle.

But Gray had to produce a fine glove save to deny Taylor as he jumped into the play straight from the bench with less than 90 seconds left.

Baldock struck first in the shoot-out, with Jones then ringing the left pipe for Swindon.

But Lascenko was denied by Marr, before Gray kept out Birbraer, and Nahlik held his nerve to net the final Raiders shot to clinch victory.

Raiders: Juraj Huska* 1+1, Matt Turner 1+1, Marek Nahlik* 1, Sean Barry 1, Olegs Lascenko 0+3.

Swindon: Maxim Birbraer* 1+2, Aaron Nell 1+1, Sam Bullas 1+1, Floyd Taylor 1, Chris Jones 0+1, Luc Johnson 0+1, Mikey Power 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Raiders x Swindon x.

Shots on goal: Michael Gray (L) 19-10-7-4=40-4; Remy Marr (S) 7-10-14-3=34-4.


Game Reports courtesy of the Romford Recorder



Raiders 6-3 Bracknell




Date Time League Season
January 20, 2018 5:30 pm National Ice Hockey League 2017/2018


# Player Position G A H SOG PIM SA GA SV
55Sean BarryDefence00000000
23Olegs LascenkoForward00000000
21Callum WellsDefence000012000
24Ollie BaldockForward03000000
30Zach Grandy-SmithNetminder00000000
7John ConnollyDefence01002000
8Matt TurnerForward00000000
12Thomas “Ziggy” BeesleyForward00000000
14Jack CooperDefence00002000
15JJ PitchleyForward01000000
20Tom DavisForward00002000
22Alan LackForward00002000
10Brandon AyliffeForward20000000
26Julian SmithDefence01000000
36Callum BurnettDefence00000000
83Marek NahlikForward00000000
29Jake SylvesterForward11000000
11Andy MunroeDefence00000000
33Michael GrayNetminder0000041338
88Juraj HuskaForward31002000
 Total 680342241338

Head Coach: Sean Easton
Coach: Alan Blyth


# Player Position G A H SOG PIM SA GA SV
65Harvey SteadDefence00000000
25Josh TetlowDefence00000000
44Scott SpearingForward00000000
13Shaun ThompsonForward11000000
88Josh MartinForward11002000
17Jan BendikDefence01000000
83Frantisek BakrlikForward00000000
16Matt FoordDefence00000000
61Jared LaneForward00000000
28Alex MettamNetminder0000033528
10James GalazziForward00000000
42Danny MiltonNetminder00000000
67Alex BarkerForward11000000
19Tom AveryDefence00000000
57Danny IngoldsbyForward00000000
4Luke JacksonDefence00000000
11Callum BestForward00000000
21George NorcliffeForward00000000
15Jack HayesDefence00000000
78Ben Ealey-NewmanForward00000000
70Daniel FayForward00000000
 Total 34041233528

Head Coach: Scott Spearing

Result: Raiders 3-2 Streatham

First Period

06:27 GOAL STR scored by Carr
??:?? GOAL LON scored by Nahlik

End 1st – Raiders 1-1 Streatham

Second Period

24:12 GOAL LON scored by Nahlik
??:?? GOAL STR scored by Farn

Third Period

45:40 GOAL LON scored by Ayliffe




Date Time League Season
December 9, 2017 5:30 pm National Ice Hockey League 2017/2018

National League: Swindon 3 London Raiders 2

London Raiders saw their three-match winning streak come to an end with a narrow loss at the Link Centre.

Sean Easton’s side travelled in good spirits, having beaten Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Streatham and took an eighth-minute lead through Slovakian import Juraj Huska.

The hosts were back on level terms soon after, though, as Max Birbraer beat Michael Gray and the scoreline remained deadlocked for over 30 minutes as the two sides battled for supremacy.

Gray was slightly the busier of the two goalies, facinng 23 shots in the first two periods to the 15 fired at Swindon’s Renny Marr, as Raiders – who were without Alan Lack – saw Olegs Lascenko and Huska hit the pipes.

And Wildcats took the lead early in the final period when Jordan Kelsall converted a pass from captain Jan Kostal.

The hosts gave themselves some breathing space less than five minutes later as Aaron Nell netted to make it a 3-1 game, but Raiders refused to lie down and Huska grabbed his second goal of the night with nine minutes remaining to raise hopes of some reward.

The visitors called a timeout with 94 seconds left on the clock and removed Gray for an extra skater in the closing stages, but they could not force an equaliser, in front of a crowd of 1,412, and came away empty-handed.

Raiders are back on the road on Sunday evening as they visit Basingstoke Bison, having suffered a 7-1 loss in Hampshire earlier in the season.

And Bison lost on penalty shots in Peterborough in an Autumn Cup tie on Saturday, when former Raiders goalie Euan King made 42 saves on his first appearance for the Phantoms, following a move back to his home-town club earlier in the week.

Scorers, Swindon: Aaron Nell 1+1; Max Birbraer* 1+1; Jordan Kelsall 1; Chris Jones 0+1; Sam Zajac 0+1; Jan Kostal* 0+1.

Raides: Juraj Huska* 2; Ollie Baldock 0+2; Brandon Ayliffe 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Swindon 6 Raiders 4.

National League: London Raiders 4 Streatham 2

London Raiders made it three wins in a row with success over Streatham at Lee Valley on Saturday.

Buoyed by their fine four-point weekend following victories over Peterborough and MK Thunder, Raiders took the lead inside five minutes as Olegs Lascenko found the net.

And an interference penalty against former Raider Brandon Miles allowed the home side to double their lead on the power play with just over 10 minutes gone, as Marek Nahlik converted Lascenko’s pass.

Streatham coach Jeremy Cornish called a timeout to settle his side, who saw Euan King turn aside all 14 shots that came his way during the opening period to preserve the 2-0 Raiders lead.

The gloves came off early in the middle session when Brandon Ayliffe was left on the ice by a hit from James Warman, who was then challenged by Raiders defenceman John Connolly.

Both players received a total of six minutes in penalties and Raiders went 3-0 up before their return as Ollie Baldock scored from Juraj Huska’s pass.

Raiders dominated the shot count 17-5 in the second period and added a fourth towards the end of the session as Lascenko potted his second goal of the game.

King’s shutout hopes were ended in the 49th minute by Michael Farn, who scored again less than five minutes later on a Streatham power play after Baldock was binned for tripping.

But Raiders, with Sam Roberts making his 100th appearance, held on comfortably to earn their first triumph over Cornish’s men in four meetings this season and give JJ McGrath a winning send-off in his final appearance for the club before a move to Canada.

Raiders return to action next weekend with trips to Swindon and Basingstoke.

Scorers, Raiders: Olegs Lascenko 2+1, Marek Nahlik 1+2, Ollie Baldock 1, Matt Turner 0+1, Julian Smith 0+1, Juraj Huska 0+1, Euan King 0+1.

Streatham: Michael Farn 2, Adam Carr 0+1, Jamie Hayes 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Raiders 14, Streatham 16.

Shots on goal: Euan King (L) 14-5-14=33-2, Matt Colclough (S, 59.54) 10-17-10=37-4.

National League: London Raiders 3 MK Thunder 2 (after pens)

London Raiders completed a four-point weekend in the National League with a penalty-shot win over Milton Keynes at Lee Valley.

Buoyed by their 6-3 win at previously unbeaten Peterborough on Saturday, Raiders saw Marek Nahlik net their winner after an exciting final period and overtime session.

Michael Gray returned in goal, after Euan King’s heroics the night before, and denied Grant McPherson at close range in the opening stages, before Andy Munroe and John Connolly both tested Tom Annetts with slapshots at the other end.

A roughing minor against the returning Julian Smith gave the visitors the first power play of the night, but it was soon cut short as Gareth O’Flaherty was binned for tripping to thwart a Raiders breakaway.

Annetts denied Olegs Lascenko as the Smith penalty expired, while O’Flaherty raced on to a pass from Ryan Handisides and smashed a shot goalwards as the first period ended goalless.

And O’Flaherty pounced on a poor pass at the start of the second session to race up ice and fire in a shot, which was saved by Gray and cleared by the hosts.

Connor Goode was the next to test Gray, who was quick to palm away his shot from a face-off. And Thunder were then given another power play chance when Alan Lack was binned for a big hit on Tom Mboya.

But despite some nice set-up play, the visitors saw Ross Bowers spurn a good chance as he mistimed an attempted shot.

Raiders then broke the deadlock as Nahlik’s shot from the blue line was blocked and Matt Turner reacted quickest to turn in the rebound.

And Connolly and Rupert Quiney were both sent to the penalty box after clashing in front of Gray’s net, while Rio Grinell-Parke was called for slashing to give Raiders 98 seconds with a man advantage.

But Thunder had most of the possession while shorthanded, denying Raiders the chance to set up any attempts at Annetts, before Juraj Huska was banished on a minor penalty.

And Gray had to be alert to smother a deflected shot from Greg Randall, while Bowers fizzed a wristshot just wide after swapping passes with Jamie Line on the power play.

Hallden Barnes-Garner was also denied by Gray, before Nahlik won the puck back after losing it and skated into the zone but saw Annetts keep out his attempt.

And Raiders made a strong start to the final stanza, building pressure on the Thunder net and keeping them away from Gray for several minutes.

However, Thunder levelled with only their second shot of the period through former Raiders forward Grinnell-Parke, then took the lead soon after as Ross Green found the net, forcing home coach Sean Easton to call a timeout.

Annetts produced a stunning save to deny Brandon Ayliffe at the far post from Huska’s pass, but Raiders were back on terms with 10 minutes remaining thanks to a superb finish from JJ Pitchley at close range.

And the hosts were given a power play chance with six minutes left after Line was called for high sticks after catching Ayliffe.

But after a sustained spell of pressure on the Thunder net, Raiders saw Bowers break away to get off a shot of his own that was saved by Gray. And Line then returned to the action to race on to the puck and force another stop from the Raiders goalie.

McPherson sent a long-range shot straight at Gray as the match drew to a close, while Lascenko was thwarted by Annetts after circling in on the Thunder net and Huska’s angled drive was also saved in the final seconds.

Raiders were on top at the start of the 3-on-3 overtime period, but Annetts held firm to keep out three good chances.

And the Thunder goalie also produced an impressive double save from Pitchley, who then tangled with Quiney, before Gray pulled off a big save to keep out McPherson at point-blank range.

Ollie Baldock skated the length of the ice to test Annetts as the overtime period wound down and the two sides were forced into a penalty shoot-out.

Huska and McPherson missed the first two shots, before Turner found the net for Raiders and Bowers did likewise for Thunder.

Nahlik then netted for Raiders with a lovely finish, before Grinell-Parke failed to find a way past Gray.

National League: Peterborough Phantoms 3 London Raiders 6

London Raiders produced their best result of the season to upset leaders Peterborough at Planet Ice.

Travelling without Tom Davis, Julian Smith, Jake Sylvester and JJ McGrath, Raiders welcomed goalie Euan King back from injury to face his former club.

And the visitors took the lead with barely a minute played as Juraj Huska fired home.

Huska combined with John Connolly to set up Brandon Ayliffe for a second goal late in the opening period and, as King held firm between the pipes, Raiders capitalised on another man advantage during the middle session as Marek Nahlik made it 3-0, assisted by Ollie Baldock before the midway mark.

The previously unbeaten hosts, with eight wins and a draw from their first nine matches, hit back through James Ferrera soon after Andy Munroe returning from serving a tripping penalty.

And Phantoms cut the gap to one in the 48th minute as Robbie Ferrara also found the back of King’s net to raise hopes of a comeback.

Raiders forward Olegs Lascenko was given a delay of game minor penalty with just over 11 minutes remaining and Phantoms made the visitors pay as Owen Griffiths levelled on the power play.

But Raiders regained the lead through JJ Pitchley, assisted by Huska, at 53:18 and went 5-3 up when Huska claimed his second goal of the night with less than two minutes on the clock.

Phantoms withdrew goalie Adam Long for an extra skater in the closing stages, but the move backfired as Lascenko fired towards the empty net and was awarded a goal when Thomas Norton pushed it off its moorings.

Despite making 43 saves, King was pipped to the man of the match award by four-point Huska and Raiders will look to make it back-to-back wins when they host Milton Keynes Thunder..

Scorers, Phantoms: James Ferrara 1, Robert Ferrara 1, Owen Griffiths 1, Edward Knaggs 0+2, Thomas Norton 0+1, Nathan Salem 0+1.

Raiders: Juraj Huska* 2+2, Olegs Lascenko 1+1, Brandon Ayliffe 1, JJ Pitchley 1, Marek Nahlik* 1, John Connolly 0+1, Sean Barry 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Phantoms 4, Raiders 12.

Shots faced: Adam Long (P, 59.10) 9-6-9=24-5 Empty net (0.50) 1-1; Euan King (L) 9-20-17=46-3.

FT Phantoms 3-6 Raiders




Date Time League Season
November 4, 2017 7:00 pm National Ice Hockey League 2017/2018


# Player Position G A H SOG PIM SA GA SV
8Darius PliskauskasForward00000000
29Will WeldonForward00002000
13James WhiteForward00000000
77Owen GriffithsForward10000000
17James FerraraForward10000000
93Ales PadelekForward00000000
91Nathan SalemForward01000000
72Glenn BillingForward00000000
25Edward KnaggsDefence02000000
2Tom NortonDefence01002000
19Leigh JamiesonForward00000000
37Robert FerraraDefence10000000
11Scott RobsonDefence00000000
5Ben RussellDefence00000000
54Callum MedcalfDefence00000000
97Nathan LongDefence00000000
35Jack PeacockNetminder00000000
30Adam LongNetminder0000024519
23Nathan PollardDefence00000000
 Total 34046424519

Head Coach: Slava Koulikov


# Player Position G A H SOG PIM SA GA SV
23Olegs LascenkoForward11002000
21Callum WellsDefence00000000
24Ollie BaldockForward00000000
55Sean BarryDefence01002000
30Zach Grandy-SmithNetminder00000000
5Sam RobertsForward00000000
7John ConnollyDefence01000000
8Matt TurnerForward00000000
12Thomas “Ziggy” BeesleyForward00002000
14Jack CooperDefence00000000
15JJ PitchleyForward10002000
22Alan LackForward00000000
10Brandon AyliffeForward10000000
36Callum BurnettDefence00000000
83Marek NahlikForward10000000
92Euan KingNetminder0000046343
11Andy MunroeDefence00004000
88Juraj HuskaForward22000000
 Total 650251246343

Head Coach: Sean Easton
Coach: Alan Blyth