Streatham chasing Bees and Raiders

By David Carr 

Streatham travel to Invicta Dynamos on Sunday looking to catch either Bracknell Bees or London Raiders in National Ice Hockey League South.

A healthy South London crowd enjoyed the RedHawks biggest win of the season so far as they produced a 10-2 thumping of Cardiff Fire last weekend.

A brace each from Joe Allen and Ryan Watt – added to lone goals from Adam Carr, Jacob Ranson, Brendan Baird, Ryan Webb, Andreas Siagris and Michael Farn – sealed two points for the hosts.

The star of the show was Fire’s young GB under-20 netminder Jordan Lawday who face 71 shots on the night.

“All four lines were going on Sunday which was great,” said alternate captain Ryan Watt. “Sometimes games like that against the bottom-placed team, who are desperate for a win, are hard to motivate yourself for. But it’s vital we play the right way in the remaining games. We need to be strong all over the ice to take us into the most fun part of the season – the play-offs

“They brought 10 skaters, and I have to say they are a credit to their club. To travel over four hours in a game they knew they would face an uphill battle to win shows great character and like in the other games we have played them this season, they never gave up for the full 60 minutes.

“I’ve known Jordan Lawday since he was four years old and I have coached him at junior level so it’s great to see him making his mark this season. The kid has a bright future ahead of him and is an outstanding talent.”

The RedHawks go to old rivals Invicta Dynamos next, who lost 5-1 the last time they travelled to South London. The Mo’s are a different proposition on home ice however,despite their overtime loss to MK Thunder last weekend

“The game at Invicta could easily be a nothing game with both clubs out of the title race and being this late in the season,” admitted defenceman Brendan Baird.

“We need to make sure we get the points to give us the best chance going into play-offs. We’ve had our way with Invicta this year but they’ve got a good goalie who’s capable of winning them any game so we’ve gotta show up and get the job done.”

Streatham are sixth and have to win all their games and rely on slip-ups from either London Raiders or Bracknell Bees to gain a more favourable seed in the season finale.

Tickets also went on sale to Streatham fans for the Final Four weekend in Coventry in April. The hockey showpiece event will pitch the finalists of the play-offs from the south against their northern counterparts.

A solid 5-2 home victory over traditional rivals Invicta on Sunday stretched Streatham Storm’s unbeaten run in Division One of the English Women’s Ice Hockey League to six games.

Aneta Syposz celebrated her return to action after maternity leave with two goals and an assist. Other scorers were Parris Moore, Shauna Mann and Laura Hunnisett.

Storm’s Elite League team lost 5-1 to reigning national champions Bracknell Queen Bees. Jamie Endrizzi produced an outstanding solo goal to give the South Londoners the lead.

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