NIHL South Round-up week 14

LONDON, UK – Solent & Gosport get their second win of the season, Romford finally drop points and tempers flare in the NIHL South.
Romford received bad news as it was confirmed that regular defenseman Jason Buckman would be out for 4-6 weeks after picking up an injury against Chelmsford Chieftains. The worst part of the news was that Buckmans ever present record with the club disappeared.

Devils win again (Paul Shergold)

Devils win again (Paul Shergold)

“The good news is there’s no sign of a collarbone or shoulder blade fracture” admitted Raiders manager Mick Cahill.
“The bad news is that there appears to be cartilage damage and that’s often worse than a break. He’s having an MRI scan to determine the extent of the injury and we’ll know more then but it looks like Jason is done for 2012”
These are the first Raiders’ games Buckman has missed through injury (he sat out one game through suspension) and he has appeared in 174 out of the 175 games Raiders have played since he joined.
In Chelmsford the excitement was palpable as the Chieftains announced a poker night to be held in the Two Brewers pub on the 11th January. A lot of players enjoy a game or two of poker on the team coach to games although I have to say that it has died off a bit at Streatham.
For anyone who can’t play poker but wants to support the Chieftains fundraiser it is likely that forward Michael Ranby will be playing snap in the back room against any comers.
Invicta Dynamos Coach Kevin Parrish reflected on a weekend in which his side lost on the island and then followed that up with a win over Solent on home ice.
“There are a couple of issues that need to be sorted out and hopefully that will get sorted this week” explained the Mo’s supremo in an interview with Kent Online.
“I knew Andy Smith wasn’t going to be with us and it is understandable as it was his Dad’s 60th birthday. He told me at the start of the year, so that’s fair enough. I didn’t know one guy wasn’t going to be with us for the weekend until Saturday afternoon when we got to the rink and that’s not good enough”
“We need to train as a team, we need to play as a team and if we’re going to do that we need to be a unit and if you can’t commit, then sorry you have got to go”
Wightlink zamboni elects a new driver vatican style

Wightlink zamboni elects a new driver vatican style

“I’m looking at making a couple of changes and I need to strengthen in certain areas. I’ve got a couple of guys up north who are looking for me as there are not too many guys down this way at the moment that are making moves”
“There are a couple of guys in Elite League teams that are sitting on the bench that aren’t getting much ice time and want to improve themselves, so they will get looked at by more EPL clubs if they have a good year down here with me”
Much like a number of clubs in the league including Streatham, Invicta will have issues trying to attract new blood at this stage in the season, especially with the limited talent pool available in the south of England.
“I had one guy turn me down last week who promised me he was coming after the Chelmsford game” continued Parrish in the same interview.
“He said he had sorted things out with his club at the time, but he text me to say he wasn’t coming. That’s twice he has done that to me this year, so there won’t be a third offer”
We had an entertaining training session on Tuesday in Brixton as another camera crew turned up to film the Redskins.
Since our move to Brixton we have already appeared on a Swedish Ladbrokes advert and now we will be on Prime Time Saturday night TV by the looks of things. Hopefully they cut the scene where Phil Manny sticks me square in the jaw in the corner of the rink though.
I can’t reveal too much but let’s just say ‘no likey no lighty’ and I will leave you to all guess who the hockey player is who may be featuring. One thing I will say is that he doesn’t currently play but has been a team mate of mine in one of the last five seasons.
One final note is a reminder about this year’s Ice Hockey Annual which came out last week.   I have had a read through it and it features the NIHL (or the ENL as it was) in a number of pages. It really is a bargain for around £8 so get a copy today.
After a couple of weeks of favourable results for last year’s league champions, Romford began the weekend with an unexpected defeat.
Bracknell Hornets were the team to finally end the Raiders unbeaten run with a 4-3 win at the Hive.
The most impressive thing about the victory was the fact that Bracknell came from behind on three occasions before sealing the win.
Nick Minhinnick, Peter Jasik, Danny Hughes and Carl Thompson were on target for Bracknell with Juraj Huska, AJ Smith and Danny Marshall getting the goals for Romford.
On the island the day got worse for Romford as Chelmsford grabbed two important points from the Wightlink Raiders with a closely fought 3-2 win.
Jiri Hanzal got a brace for the Raiders but it was Gary Clarke, James Ayling and Danny Hammond that sealed the win for Chelmsford with a goal each.
Chelmo win on island (Nicky Craft_

Chelmo win on island (Nicky Craft_

Streatham travelled to Cardiff hoping to avenge the humping we took in Wales at the start of the season.
For two periods we played reasonably well and then had a spectacular collapse in the third where we let in eight goals with no reply to leave the score at 12-3 in the Devils favour.
Alan Armour and Ross Wilkinson both hit a brace for the Devils with Ricky Deacon, Chris Hart, Sean Scarbrough, Steven Fisher, Rupe Quiney, Rob Sedlak and Steve Osman all getting a goal each. There was also a special moment for youngster Joe Morris who scored his first senior goal.
Streatham scorers were Jakub Klima, Dom Hopkins and Russ Stevens.
Invicta Dynamos thumped MK Thunder 12-0 in a one sided encounter in Kent. Justin Noble and Callum Fowler both hit a hat trick for the Mo’s with Peter Vaisanen getting two. There were lone goals for Andy Smith, Nathaniel Rose, Callum Best and Anthony Leone.
Colclough on fire (Nicky Craft)

Colclough on fire (Nicky Craft)

A second day on the road for Streatham took us to the South Coast to play bottom of the league Solent & Gosport Devils. The Devils have run a few teams close on their own reduced size ice pad and they certainly know how to play the rink well.
A 5-4 win for the home side was largely down to an impressive display by goalie Chico Cole who has certainly mastered the angles and peculiarities of the Gosport Arena.
Mitchell Murray and Kent Johnson both scored two goals each with Greg Wyatt getting the other. For Streatham the goals came from Joe Allen and Liam Rasmussen with a goal each and Jakub Klima with a brace.
The end of game handshakes ended up with fists flying mainly down to a disagreement between Murray and Tait who ended up squaring off only for Devils Adam Rich to appear from nowhere and start feeding Tait with blows to the head whilst the Redskins defenseman was tied up with Murray.
A few other scuffles broke out unfortunately but with two young linesmen (no referee) left to control it on their own it was lucky that things didn’t get completely out of hand.
For the record Solent fully deserved their victory and worked their socks off throughout the game and I think most of us of a Streatham persuasion can concede that it wasn’t our finest display and probably continued on from the evening before.
An inability to score goals being a prime problem and individual errors at the back costing us badly every week, and I include myself in that.
Regular readers will know that I very rarely criticise officials and hate doing so even more when we lose as it appears to be sour grapes but when I read the game sheet to see that Devils Rich was only given a 2+2 penalty for roughing (with Murray given nothing) I was genuinely speechless.
At the Riverside tempers were flaring as well as Invicta crashed 7-1 to Chelmsford Chieftains.
Julius Sinkovic again proved to be the thorn in the Mo’s side as he got a brace along with James Ayling and there were goals from Michael Ranby, Cameron Bartlett and Darren Brown.
Callum Fowler got the lone goal for the Dynamos.
Milton Keynes Thunder got a morale boosting win on home ice as they thrashed Slough NIHL Jets 14-2 at the Thunderdome.
Bracknell stun Romford (Kevin Slyfield)

Bracknell stun Romford (Kevin Slyfield)

Ryan Gadeke, Nidal Phillips, Mark Turner, Harrison Goode and Connor Goode all got two goals each, with Martyn Snape, Greg Randall, Matt Roberts and Jake Florey all getting a goal each for Milton Keynes.
Jamie Milton and Nathan Darmamin got the goals for Slough with the latter’s effort a penalty shot.
It is not often you see a 1-1 tie in hockey but with Wightlink’s goalie Matt Colclough in such good form of late the games his side have been involved in have been low scoring in the main this year.
Romford were the team to share the points with Wightlink this weekend as a game that was scoreless at the end of the second was then interrupted by a Wightlink goal from Corey Watkins and then a Romford reply from Julian Smith.
The results mean that Wightlink stay at the top of the league and now Solent & Gosport are just one point behind Milton Keynes Thunder at the bottom now.

Saturday 1st December 2012
Cardiff Devils 12-3 Streatham Redskins
Bracknell Hornets 4-3 Romford Raiders
Invicta Dynamos 12-0 Milton Keynes Thunder
Sunday 2nd December 2012
Chelmsford Chieftains 7-1 Invicta Dynamos
Romford Raiders 1-1 Wightlink Raiders
Solent & Gosport Devils 5-4 Streatham Redskins
Milton Keynes Thunder 14-2 Slough NIHL Jets (Cup)  
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