Swindon Wildcats 4-0 Invicta Dynamos
Swindon Wildcats 4-0 Invicta Dynamos

The Invicta Dynamos suffered a 4-0 defeat on the road at Swindon playing with a short roster.

With the Bartlett twins having departed just before the weekend started and Arran Strawson staying at home in Kent waiting for the birth of his first child the Mos also had to make do without defenceman Andy Munroe through injury. Coach Kevin Parrish did however have Ondrej Zosiak, Owen Dell and Jake Stedman amongst the 13 skaters sent out to take on one of the title favourites.

Starting in the Invicta net was Adam Long who was called into action within the opening 13 seconds, the netminder saving from Sam Godfrey. The Mos first decent attempt came in the 3rd minute with Joe Allen feeding Matt Foord who’s stinger of a shot was dealt with well by home netminder Renny Marr. Long then went on to deny both Chris Jones and Loris Taylor whilst Martins Susters also had an attempt at the opposite end of the ice but his effort sailed over the bar. The Mos were gifted a powerplay on 10:32 through a Sam Jones interference penalty but they almost fell behind on the shorthand and had Adam Long to thank with the netminder saving well from Aaron Nell with the Wildcats forward looking certain to score.

The Mos were dealt a further blow at the start of the 2nd period with defenceman Ondrej Zosiak taking no further part in the game, restricting the away side to 12 skaters and placing forward Louis Colvin into a defensive role. The Mos did however have an opportunity to sneak ahead in the 25th minute with Marr saving from Foord after Susters switched play from the left flank to the right. A minute later though the Swindon Wildcats broke the resistance of Long to go 1-0 up through Aaron Nell, assisted by Bullas and Birbraer. Not long the opening goal Martins Susters done well to pickpocket the puck from Ben Nethersell but once again Marr was on hand to keep the Mos at bay. The Mos then conceded two goals within a minute –  2-0 (Bullas) on 36:51 and 3-0 (Taylor) on 37:35 with the game now looking beyond the 12 hardworking skaters from Kent. The Dynamos were however given a window of opportunity on 38:16 with Chris Jones ejected from the game for a high stick challenge into the face of Louis Colvin which gifted the Mos a powerplay for 5 minutes.

The Mos started the final period with 3 minutes of the powerplay remaining but despite a save from Marr when Piacka fired an attempt at goal the Wildcats stood-up well. Harrison Lillis was the first Dynamo of the game in the penalty box in the 50th minute for slash after receiving a heavy hit but it was soon 4 on 4 with Sam Jones penalised for cross checking on 51:59. Tempers flared on 57:50 – Taylor with an ugly challenge to the face of Piacka which was missed by the officials but not Brandon Miles who literally lifted Taylor off the ground and threw his across the ice. Once order was restored Miles was given a 2+10 which ended his night and giving the home side a powerplay which they scored the 4th and final goal of the night from on 59:32 through Jan Kostal.

Points

Wildcats: A.Harding 0+1, F.Taylor 1+0, S.Bullas 1+2, L.Taylor 0+1, Nell 1+0, M.Birbraer 0+2, J.Kostal 1+0, R.Marr 0+1, E.Bebris 0+1

Dynamos: None

Netminders

Renny Marr save percentage – 100% (21 shots/0 goals)

Adam Long save percentage – 92.86% (56 shots/4 goals)

PIMS

Wildcats – 33 minutes (inc. C.Jones 25 mins for high sticks)

Dynamos – 14 minutes (inc. Miles 10+2 mins for roughing and misconduct)

Man of the match

Wildcats – Sam Bullas

Dynamos – Adam Long

Referee: Paul Brooks; Linesmen: Adam Billins, Chris Edwards

Picture supplied by Nicola Allen.

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