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Match report: Invicta Dynamos 5 - 1 Bracknell Bees

posted 20 Nov 2017, 11:53 by john slater

Saturday, the Bees headed east to Gillingham to face the Invicta Dynamos in what would be a tough challenge without top goalscorers Frankie Bakrlik and Shaun Thompson. The Bees added Will Stead to the line-up, but with the Bracknell Hornets also playing that evening were unable to call upon the services of the other players on 2-way contracts.  

Refereeing the game was Matthew Thompson with Amy Lack and Flynn Sitch-Cunningham running the lines.

Starting goalies were Damien King for the home team, while Alex Mettam took up position between the pipes for the Bees.

The first period started badly for the Bees, as just 41 seconds in they found themselves down a goal after Callum Fowler was left all alone after a simple play along the boards and his shot was perfectly placed to beat Mettam. Invicta were clearly on a mission and in no mood to be pushed around and were far more the physical team. After exchanging a penalty each, the Bees found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-on-3 powerplay. With no chances for the home team, it was Bracknell who had the better of the play and Callum Best had a great opportunity while shorthanded, but it was easily dealt with. With no Bakrlik or Thompson it was up to the other forwards to take up the goal scoring. Josh Martin was clearly more than up for the challenge and was pushing hard all over the ice. Steve Osman and Jared Lane both had chances, but were easily cancelled out by King in the Invicta net. A slapshot from Luke Jackson also tested King, but with no movement in front it was easily seen and gloved.

Into the second period and the Bees gave up a quick penalty. Towards the back end of an Invicta powerplay, Best was slow in coming out of the penalty box. With just 4 skaters on the ice and Invicta on the attack, they doubled their lead through Ashley Jackson, shooting high on Mettam. The Bees were having far more possession and seriously out-shooting the Dynamos but were unable to get past King, who was having a great night in the 'Mos net. Just moments after the second, Invicta got their third goal directly from a face off in a shot that just seemed to go straight through Mettam. With five minutes remaining of the period and the home team got their fourth of the night and practically ended any chance of the Bees making a comeback. Another powerplay goal, this time through George Hoang after the 'Mos entered the Bracknell zone and a simple cross ice pass from Ashley Jackson left the former all alone to beat Mettam. This signalled the end of Mettams time in goal and was replaced with Danny Milton shortly after. Unfortunately this didn't stem the flow as Invicta got their fifth goal after Bracknell lost control of the puck just inside the blue line and Scott Bailey chipped the puck over Milton completely unchallenged.

The final period and the Bees gave it everything they had. Unfortunately though, most shots were straight at the Invicta goalie and despite eventually out shooting them 23-12 in the final period, really struggled to find that killer instinct. In an effort to spur the team on and after being targeted all game by niggly cheap shots from Brandon Webster, Jan Bendik took matters into his own hands and offered the young Brit to fight. After a few swings and misses, the two spun disappointingly to the ice. The Bees would however get a consolation goal through Best after a face off win and a strong low shot eventually beat the home goalie. Lots of effort and shots on goal, but no final end product meant the Bees left empty handed and in real need of finding a way to win without their top scorers.

Match stats
Period scores: 1-0; 4-0, 0-1
Dynamos Scorers: Jackson 1+3; Colvin 1+1; Bailey, Hoang & Fowler 1+0; Strawson 0+2; Ralph 0+1
Bees scorers: Best 1+0; Avery & H.Stead 0+1
Dynamos PIMS: 30 (B.Webster 18; Bailey 12)
Bees PIMS: 18 (Best & Bendik 4; Galazzi, Norcliffe, Barker, Martin & Osman 2)
Shots on Dynamos (King): 59 (18, 18, 23)
Shots on Bees (Mettam & Milton): 24 (11, 13, 0) & 15 (0, 3, 12)