Streatham captain Adam Carr believes his side can go all the way in the National Cup after the RedHawks soared into the quarter-finals with a convincing win over old rivals Invicta Dynamos.
The South Londoners followed up their 5-1 victory on home ice against the Dynamos with a hard-fought 5-3 triumph in South Wales against Cardiff Fire.
“We’ve done well in the cup so far and shown we can compete with – and beat – anyone in the league now,” said Carr, who joined the club in the summer from Milton Keynes Lightning. “There is no reason we can’t go all the way.
“A big part of the game is having belief and confidence in yourself, that has been building in the last few weeks. We should be excited about the challenges ahead, both in the cup and league.”
Streatham raced into an early 4-0 lead against the Dynamos at Streatham Arena. The visitors pulled their netminder and upped the physicality, but to no avail as Alex Sampford scored his second of the night to finish off any hopes of a comeback. Carr, Joe Allen and Ryan Watt were all on target for the RedHawks, who also ended up in a mass brawl with their opponents after Dynamos captain Arran Strawson dived in as the third man after Ben Paynter had locked horns with one of his team-mates.
Streatham avoided any injuries but made hard work of their game in Cardiff against winless basement side Cardiff Fire. The RedHawks trailed 3-2 with less than seven minutes remaining before mounting an incredible comeback thanks to Carr’s second of the night and further goals from Sampford and Watt.
“We just went into the game with the wrong mindset,” admitted Carr. “When you see the results Cardiff have been getting this season, it’s easy to think we are going to have an easy night. The truth is that if we don’t work hard and smart then there won’t be any easy nights.
“Even though we heavily outshot them, we didn’t look dangerous until we were playing desperate. I’m sure Cardiff will take points off teams at some point – but we didn’t want it to be us. One positive from the game is that we showed good character getting out of the hole we were in.”
Carr arrived at Streatham with former MK team-mate Michael Farn and both have been regular scorers – the former netting eight times. The duo won the EPL play-offs last season and are getting their first experience of the new-look National Ice Hockey League.
Streatham have two games on the road this weekend as they face London Raiders and Invicta Dynamos again.