06:27 GOAL STR scored by Carr
??:?? GOAL LON scored by Nahlik
End 1st – Raiders 1-1 Streatham
24:12 GOAL LON scored by Nahlik
??:?? GOAL STR scored by Farn
45:40 GOAL LON scored by Ayliffe
|December 9, 2017||5:30 pm||National Ice Hockey League||2017/2018|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|November 4, 2017||7:00 pm||National Ice Hockey League||2017/2018|
Head Coach: Slava Koulikov
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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).
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
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