Ice-hockey: Brittle makes deadline day switch to Streatham

BY DAVID CARR

Former GB junior international Luke Brittle arrived as a surprise transfer deadline signing in Streatham last week – and admits it had been daunting joining up with the league leaders.

The highly rated 26-year-old trained with the team just once before making his debut and he scored in the 11-0 win over Milton Keynes Thunder on Sunday.

“The guys all gave me a warm welcome, which was appreciated,” admitted Brittle, who last iced with the Solihull Barons in the 2018-19 season.

“It will take some practice to get rid of the rust I’m sure, but as the more important games come thick and fast towards the end of the season I’ll hopefully be back up to speed and help the team a bit more.”

Brittle’s goal added to doubles on the night from Michael Farn, Adam Wood and Rhys McCormick, plus lone goals from Rupe Quiney, Ben Paynter, Adam Carr and Conner Smith.

The result against MK was made all the more impressive due to the fact a number of key players were missing – including forwards Ryan Watt and Danny Ingoldbsy plus defenseman James Warman.

Back-up netminder Nate Gregory sealed a 21-shot shutout to add to the good news.

It also put the team six points clear at the top of the league ahead of Solent Devils and third-placed Chelmsford Chieftains.

“I’m really pleased we have managed to sign Luke, it’s not often a player of his ability is available at this time of year” said coach Adam Carr on acquiring Brittle.

“When I found out he was in London I was straight in touch with him.

“I’ve known Luke for a while and played with him at MK Lightning when I was there. He is a quality player and a great lad who will fit right in with the team.”

This weekend the South London side face a two-legged NIHL South Cup final against old enemies Invicta Dynamos with doubts over a number of players, including Brittle.

The final line-up is unlikely to be known until prior to face off in the first leg in Gillingham on Saturday evening, which is followed by the second leg in Streatham on Sunday.

Streatham have beaten the Dynamos twice already in the league prior to the match up.

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