Category: Raider News

Result: Bison 6 Raiders 0




Date Time Competition Season
November 19, 2017 5:30 pm National Ice Hockey League 2017/2018


# Player Position G A H SOG PIM SA GA SV
47Dan DaviesForward21000000
24Vanya AntonovForward02000000
13Dan ScottDefence00000000
44Tomas KarpovForward12000000
17Grant RoundingForward10000000
36Elliott DeweyDefence00000000
16Ryan SuttonForward00000000
63Aaron ConnollyForward11000000
15Joe BairdDefence00000000
93Dan Weller-EvansNetminder00000000
21Paul PettsForward00000000
11Hallam WilsonForward00000000
7Kurt ReynoldsDefence01000000
45Dean SkinnsNetminder0000019019
27Josh SmithForward00000000
29Oscar EvansForward00000000
34Roman MalinikForward12000000
 Total 69049019019

Head Coach: Doug Sheppard


# Player Position G A H SOG PIM SA GA SV
23Olegs LascenkoForward00000000
24Ollie BaldockForward00002000
55Sean BarryDefence00000000
30Zach Grandy-SmithNetminder00000000
5Sam RobertsForward00000000
7John ConnollyDefence00000000
8Matt TurnerForward00002000
12Thomas “Ziggy” BeesleyForward00000000
14Jack CooperDefence00000000
15JJ PitchleyForward00000000
20Tom DavisForward00000000
10Brandon AyliffeForward00000000
26Julian SmithDefence00000000
36Callum BurnettDefence00000000
83Marek NahlikForward00000000
11Andy MunroeDefence00000000
33Michael GrayNetminder0000049643
41JJ McGrathDefence00000000
88Juraj HuskaForward00000000
 Total 00019449643

Head Coach: Sean Easton
Coach: Alan Blyth

07:19 Bison 1-0 Raiders Connolly from Karpov from Reynolds
12:10 Bison 2-0 Raiders Karpov from Davies PPG
28:50 Bison 3-0 Raiders Malinik unassisted
34:36 Bison 4-0 Raiders Davies from Malinik and Antonov
52:11 Bison 5-0 Raiders Davies from Antonov from Malinik
52:49 Bison 6-0 Raiders Rounding from Karpov from Connolly

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.

2 depart Raiders

The London Raiders organisation can announce that at the player’s request we have agreed to the release of netminder Euan King.
We would like to thank him for his various spells within the club and extend those good wishes to his family who had been regular visitors to Raiders games.
We would also like to formally thank JJ McGrath for his time and effort back with the team after an extended break and wish him all the best for his move to Canada with his family.
At Saturday’s game he enjoyed a standing ovation after his final home game and this will no doubt be repeated by the travelling fans as he takes to the ice for the final time during Raiders double away weekend vs Swindon and Basingstoke.
Good luck JJM and make sure any returns to the UK are during the season so you can pop into the new rink!

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 Competition 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