The Invicta Dynamos ended their season in style by winning the Play-Off final against Chelmsford Chieftains.
Going into Sunday night’s 2nd leg in Essex, the Kent side had an 8-3 lead after an entertaining evening in Gillingham, but knew their opponents would come back hard at them.
In the end though, despite losing the game 4-2, they picked up the trophy having won 10-7 on aggregate in front of hundreds of their travelling fans.
It was to be a tense evening for those Dynamos fans though, watching their lead slip away at the Riverside as Chelmsford showed they’re league and cup champions for a reason.
The game was just seven seconds gone when Chelmsford made it 1-0 when Liam Chong found himself in front of Damien King’s goal and he made no mistake.
Sensing they needed to take out the Dynamos’ threats, Alex Staples put in an awful hit that sent Adam Rehak to the ice and the resulting melee saw Grant Bartlett and Arran Strawson landing blows.
A prolonged spell of pressure paid off for the home side as they made it 2-0 in the 16th minute as Jake Sylvester fired home through traffic.
The second period started much like the first as the Dynamos found it hard to get out of their defensive third, but kept battling hard.
It was end to end ice hockey as Chelmsford pushed for more goals, but they were denied time and time again by a determined Dynamos.
At 2-0 (5-8 on aggregate) going into the final twenty minutes, the Dynamos knew Chelmsford would throw everything at them and that they did.
With the Dynamos serving a delay of the game penalty, the Chieftains made it 3-0 on the night in the 42nd minute as the puck got stuck under Strawson’s skate and Grant Bartlett poked home from close range.
Just over a minute later and it was 4-0 and the tension really began to mount as Danny Hammond fired home.
With just one goal now in it, the Dynamos knew they needed a goal to settle their nerves and thankfully they didn’t need to wait too long.
In the 49th minute Steve Osman’s pinpoint pass found Scott Bailey and the in form forward made no mistake slotting past Ben Clements.
With a two goal cushion, the Dynamos finally began to relax and play their own game and they were rewarded once again in the 54th minute as Callum Fowler poked home from close range to the delight of the travelling fans.
Those final six minutes saw Chelmsford throw everything they had at the Dynamos, but in the end the Kent side stood firm to the delight of the Kent support.
Ashley Jackson was rightly named man of the match for the Dynamos whilst Fowler was to lift the trophy for a side that has deserved some silverware after a highly entertaining season.
With stick, gloves and helmets scattered across the ice, Kevin Parrish and his charges were given the chance to celebrate late into the night.
Pictures supplied by David Trevallion.