Ice-hockey: Streatham confidence boosted by penalty shootout win over Bison

BY DAVID CARR

Streatham head into the weekend on the back of a dramatic penalty shoot out win over the Basingstoke Bison last Sunday.

The RedHawks face Invicta Dynamos tomorrow evening, fresh from a much-needed victory described as “our best win of the year” by captain Adam Carr.
Streatham skated out for the first home game of 2019 missing half of their defence, due to injuries to Rupe Quiney, Michael Farn and Jordan Gregory. Leigh Jamieson was suspended.

Carr dropped back on defence from his usual forward position, slotting in beside Ben Russell.

An entertaining encounter was tied at 3-3 in regulation thanks to a brace from Alex Roberts and a strike from Jacob Ranson, cancelling out Bison goals from Liam Morris, Ashley Tait and Richard Bordowski.

Carr showed considerable composure to slot home all three of his penalty shots to win the game in the shoot-out. Streatham goalie Damien King topped off a man-of-the-match display by denying Michal Klejna on his second effort.

“We only had 12 skaters against their 19, so we knew we were up against it,” said Carr, who joined the club in 2017. “We played smart and focused all night. When they came back into the game we kept our heads and deserved the win.”

Carr has form in penalty shots, earning his former club Milton Keynes Lightning 2017 EPL Cup silverware with a winning shot in his final season in Buckinghamshire. League rule changes now mean that teams can select the same shooter to take multiple shots rather than on a rotation, as previously.

This was made all the more intriguing by the fact the 34-year-old was up against former team-mate Alex Mettam in the Bison net.

“The shoot-out is always a bit of a lottery,” admitted Carr. “I was feeling confident and felt like I was going to score, so I wanted to keep going again, then Damo stood strong in our net so we definitely deserved the win.”

Streatham host an Invicta side who recently added Latvian forward Oskars Ancitis to their roster in a bid to turn round their season.

The club will appeal Jamieson’s ban, while Farn will take a late fitness test. Both Gregory brothers – Nate and Jordan – are out long-term.

Rupe Quiney is expected to see a consultant during the week.

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