Ice-hockey: Streatham looking for response against Milton Keynes Thunder

BY DAVID CARR

Streatham are looking for an instant bounce-back in their home fixture against Milton Keynes Thunder on Saturday evening, after they endured a frustrating evening in their last game against the same team a week ago.

“I’m looking for a reaction,” admitted head coach Jeremy Cornish after the 4-1 loss to the Thunder in Buckinghamshire.

“We’ve been playing well of late and not picking up results, but we struggled to put the puck in the net last week and it’s something we need to focus on at the weekend.”

The RedHawks had started the game at the Thunderdome as favourites and welcomed back Adam Wood to the squad after he had missed the two previous fixtures through illness. Streatham enjoyed the better of the first period before going behind three minutes from the buzzer thanks to a goal from Thunder Captain Jamie Line.

Despite being shorthanded almost from the restart, the RedHawks equalised before the buzzer as Ben Russell released Andreas Siagris on a breakaway and the Canadian made no mistake with the finish.

The second period saw Jordan Lawday in the MK net continue to frustrate the RedHawks forwards, and seven minutes from the restart it was 2-1 as Tomas Rubes fired past Damien King. Seven minutes later Rio Grinell-Parke extended the lead to 3-1 leaving the RedHawks a big challenge in the third period.

Sadly for the visitors and the band of fans who had made the trip north, it proved to be more of the same. An incredible 25 shots in one period, taking the total for the game up to a whopping 62 yielded no goals on Lawday, and down at the other end, Tom Mboya rubbed salt in the wounds with a fourth for the hosts.

The end of the game was marred by penalty trouble as both teams came together by the benches, with Thunder’s Trevor LeBlanc kicked out on a match penalty. LeBlanc will miss the return fixture in South London due to suspension.

The home game against the Thunder this Saturday is followed by a short trip north of the river on Sunday to face the Raiders in Romford. The Essex based side sit one place above the RedHawks in 5thposition in the National Ice Hockey League South.

“We’re aiming for a four-point weekend,” said Cornish.

“We’ve beaten both teams this season so we know it can be done. We just need to bare down in training and start showing some cutting edge in front of goal.”

Streatham will be missing forward Andreas Siagris for two weeks at the end of the month, after the centreman was called up by the GB Universities team for the Universiade tournament in Siberia.

The transfer deadline passed without any additional signings arriving so Cornish will have to make the most of the current playing squad available to him for the remainder of the campaign.

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