Ice-hockey: Streatham ready for double header test this weekend

Streatham are looking to extend their 100 per cent winning record with games against Slough Jets and Oxford City Stars this weekend.

The South London side secured two more wins last time out, defeating Invicta Dynamos and the Raiders in Romford in convincing fashion.

The home game against the Mo’s brought a headline of its own as teenager Conner Smith scored his first senior goal for the club, after coming through the junior system.

Smith scored the third goal in a 7-4 win to add to a hat-trick from Adam Carr and lone efforts from James Warman, Danny Ingoldsby and Brandon Miles.

Smith, 17, began playing hockey in the Streatham U12 team and has been prolific through the age groups.

Ziggy Beesley, Rhys McCormick and Brandon Miles

“The feeling was overwhelming to be honest,” said Smith, who began the season as a spare forward in the squad. “I got goose-bumps when the crowd started cheering and it was especially good to do it on home ice in front of a big crowd.

“I’ve really been enjoying the extra ice time in the last two weeks.”

Another pivotal moment in the Invicta game came following a large brawl in the second period that saw Streatham alternate captain Rupe Quiney ejected.

Quiney has been an imposing figure on the blue line and missed out on the 5-1 win in Romford the following day due to suspension.

Adam Carr celebrating

Top of the table Slough are the next opponents and have only lost once this season – in Streatham on the opening weekend. The RedHawks host Oxford City Stars On Sunday.

“After having a slow start to the season with only one game the first two weekends a four-point weekend gives us a ton of momentum” said Quiney, who also came up through the Streatham ranks.

“Slough away will probably be our toughest test yet, the 7-2 scoreline didn’t show it, but they gave us the biggest problems of anyone so far.

“Getting a win there would be a real statement of who we are and what we’re capable of this year.”

Coach Carr will be left sweating on the fitness of star forward Vanya Antonov, who missed the final period in Romford due to injury and will be assessed by the club midweek.

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