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Jan 6, 2018

Never say die Streatham break through Thunder

After a three week break over the festive period, Streatham took to the ice against Milton Keynes Thunder in front of the biggest crowd of the season so far at Streatham Arena.

RedHawks Coach Jeremy Cornish welcomed back Joe Allen and Jordan Gregory to the line-up but was without Ryan Webb and Ben Paynter as the big Canadian was forced to shuffle his forward lines. (Photo by Kieran Halliday)

The bumper South London crowd were silenced with just 22 seconds on the clock as the speedy Jamie Line raced through on his own after a defensive mix-up and fired past Matt Colclough. It was a far from an ideal start for Streatham, but they slowly worked their way back into the game before a major flashpoint by the Thunder bench on the five minute mark. As a result, Streatham’s Brandon Miles and MK’s Grant McPherson were ejected with Miles handed a match penalty for abuse of official.

The resulting five minute powerplay for the Thunder presented the visitors with an ideal opportunity to double their advantage, however the Streatham defence held firm and got their reward when back to even strength as Jacob Ranson found Joe Allen in front of goal and he roofed the puck past Tom Annetts to give the crowd something to celebrate.

The RedHawks looked like they might push on but they were hit on the counter attack by Rio Grinell-Parke who skated hard through the slot and finished well to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. The Thunder youngster had previously escaped punishment for his role in the incident that saw McPherson and Miles ejected, and his wild celebration did little to endear him to the home crowd.

MK’s Alex Whyte boarded a Streatham forward from behind with around two minutes to go, and on the delayed call, the RedHawks made their extra man advantage count as Aidan Doughty tipped home a point shot from Michael Farn to tie things up. Whyte was fortunate to receive no further sanction however the Thunder bench earned a minor penalty after remonstrations with referee Belfitt.

After an incident packed first period the crowd relaxed by watching the Streatham Ice Dance Club put on a show with something a little different to puck whacking and hitting.

The second period understandably began with a little less intensity and very few stoppages. The Thunder enjoyed their best spell of the game with veteran Ross Bowers linking up well with Jamie Line and Tom Carlon, causing the Streatham defence a number of problems.

It was Grinell-Parke however who would play pantomime villain again as he popped up in the slot to smash home a rebound from a Harrison Goode shot and give MK the lead again.

Streatham had an immediate chance to reply on a 5 on 3 as Bowers and Lewis Christie both sat minors but the RedHawks misfiring powerplay unit showed all the signs of a team lacking in match practice. The second period ended with Streatham trailing 3-2.

The third period was all set for a classic and the two teams did not disappoint with both sets of players skating on fumes, but going all out for the win.

It looked like Streatham may not get anything from the game, but with eight minutes remaining Jacob Ranson popped up in front of net to tip home a Jordan Gregory point shot.

With the score tied at 3-3 the game looked set for overtime but there was more drama to come as Streatham goalie Matt Colclough took a slapshot to the helmet and cut his head open, requiring stitches. A stoppage to clear blood from the ice just added to the drama as replacement goalie Nate Gregory skated out cold to play between the pipes for the game finale.

Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation with the RedHawks arguably having the better of the opportunities but unable to find the finish.

Sudden death overtime was a fitting finale to such an entertaining game and it was the RedHawks who took the two points as Aidan Doughty sniped past Annetts with a great effort from the slot to send the home crowd wild.

The RedHawks now travel to Kent on Sunday to take on the Invicta Dynamos followed by a return to home ice next Sunday where they will take on the Telford Tigers in the National Ice Hockey League Cup Quarter Final.

Man of the match – Aidan Doughty