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Sep 4, 2016

Streatham beat North Stars in challenge

Streatham started their 2016/17 campaign with a smile thanks to an 8-2 win over the London North Stars in a pre-season game for charity.

The North Stars team featured an array of former Streatham stars and players from around the league Captained by recently retired blue liner David Carr.

A big crowd welcomed both teams to the ice and after a ceremonial puck drop by guest of honour Tori Coles, the game began at a pace not usually common in such occasions.

Streatham carved out early chances through Adam Wood and Sean Scarbrough but were denied by Stefan Nubert in the North Stars goal.

The North Stars found their feet and Barry Spours threaded through a lovely pass to Jakub Klima but he was denied by debutant goalie Euan King on the breakaway.

Streatham opened the scoring against the run of play as Joe Allen finished a rebound after good work from Adam Wood. The North Stars came back strongly with Michal Oravec denied by King and then the Slovak teed up Lee Mercer for a seemingly open goal before King recovered to make the save.

King then denied Mercer again from close range after good work from Alan Armour and Louis Lockwood, but it was Streatham who struck next with a lovely top shelf effort from Captain Joe Johnston.

Nubert then made a sprawling diving save that got the crowd cheering and when Armour attempted to do a diving header in the neutral zone, the period ended on a high.

The second period saw Streatham start much better with the speed of Allen and Scarbrough causing the North Stars defence lots of problems.

It was big enforcer Chris Wiggins who made it 3-0 after a loose puck landed in front of him in front of goal and he poked it past the sprawling Nubert.

It was 4-0 shortly afterwards as Sean Scarbrough buried a sweet pass from Steven Fisher and then both teams swapped their goalies with Will Sanderson replacing King in the Streatham net and Shane Kemp replacing Nubert in the North Stars goal.

One of Kemps first jobs was to pick the puck out of his own net after he made a stunning save from Rasmussen but couldn’t deny the Danish winger slotting home his own rebound to make it 5-0.

The North Stars eased their way back into the game but once again failed to make their pressure count as Phil Manny, Armour and Lockwood were all denied good chances.

The third period started strongly for the North Stars but they were undone again on the counter attack as Sean Scarbrough raced clear and beat Kemp with a low shot to make it 6-0.

Armour then had the crowd on their feet again as he flicked up the puck and then tried to perform a scissor kick before landing on his back to cheers and applause.

The North Stars finally got on the scoreboard as Oravec released Mercer down the left wing and the Scot slotted the puck under Sanderson to make it 6-1.

Streatham hit back immediately as Jack Tarczycki stepped up from the back to beat Kemp and make it 7-1. Kemp then had to deny Scarbrough again but down the other end the moment of the night had the crowd on their feet as Armour jinked his way through the Streatham defence and teed up Carr at close range and he slotted under Sanderson to score.

With both teams celebrating along with the fans in the stand it seemed to be a fitting end to the game however Streatham were to have the final reply as Wood combined with Rasmussen and he scored to finish the game at 8-2.

Both teams posed for pictures at the end of the game with Carr leading a lap of honour with his young son in his arms and Streatham now looking forward to their first game against Chelmsford on Saturday 17th September.