CHELMSFORD, UK – This weekend saw the semi-finals of the NIHL South 1 Cup between the Chelmsford Chieftains and old rivals the Wightlink Raiders.
The Chieftains managed a great come back, with only 3 minutes left on the clock and big import defenseman Tibor Schenieder on the bench injured, Gary Clarke gave the Raiders netminder no chance and shot one into the net.
Now only one goal down and less than a minute to go, import Daniel Vorab won the face-off and forced his way past the Wighlink defense and managed to equal things up with seconds to go.
This left the final score 4-4, with all to play for on home ground on Sunday night.
It was the Chieftains who got the best start on Sunday night with a goal in the first period.
Tempers frayed in the second with Facey starting on one of the Bartlett brothers; while this was going on Cornish player coach of the Raiders took a cheap short and tried to punch the other Bartlett brother whilst he was being held by another Raiders’ player. After giving a good look round the ice to check no refs were looking, 2+2 were given to all involved.
When the game re-started the Chieftains made the match 2-0, with a goal by Matt Turner. In the 3rd nothing changed until 4 minutes before the end, when the Raiders made it 2-1 by managing to get past Euan King in net for the Chieftains.
Was this going to be a rerun of the pervious night with an equalizer being scored in the last few minutes of the game?
With this in mind, with only minutes to go the Raiders pulled their netminder, this was make or break, for the Raiders.
However for the Raiders this decision put the game out of reach, as Matt Turner again made a break away and scored an empty net goal.
This meant Chieftains won the tie 7-1 on aggregate and move into the final against the Streatham Redskins.