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Oct 7, 2018

Comeback kings

Streatham battled back from 4-0 down to post an incredible 5-4 win over local rivals the Raiders in front of a jubilant South London crowd. A shorthanded winner from Andreas Siagris sealed the points in one of the most exciting performances seen at the new rink. Report by Chris Hilson.

Following on from a dominant victory away to Milton Keynes, Streatham hosted the recently relocated Raiders as both teams looked to climb the table.

It was immediately clear that the officiating of the game would play a large part in the result as Streatham found themselves having to kill off two Raiders powerplays in the opening minutes after Warman and then Russell were sinbinned. Despite a brave defensive showing by the Redhawks, Romford pressed their advantage and were soon celebrating as Aaron Connolly scored. Streatham fashioned a number of chances but were unable to capitalise during a powerplay after Chong was sent to the box for hooking.

With the second period underway, Streatham were soon dealt a heavy blow as the Raiders doubled their lead less than thirty seconds after the puck dropped. The RedHawks again continued to carve out scoring opportunities, but it was Romford who had reason to celebrate as they soon added a third through Turner barely a minute later. A series of penalties for the Raiders gave Streatham the chance to get back in the game but Romford successfully killed off the resulting powerplays. The Raiders then stretched their lead even further with John Connolly adding his name to the list of scorers.

King made a number of good saves to give the Streatham fans hope of a comeback, but those hopes seemed short lived as Jamieson was given two plus ten for boarding. There was a palpable feeling that it was Streatham who had to score next and despite being shorthanded, it was Roberts that gave the crowd something to cheer about as he arrowed the puck into the back of the net.

If football is a game of two halves, then ice hockey is a game of three thirds and so it proved as Streatham continued to fight back with Carr making it 4-2. Tempers started to fray for Romford as they started to rack up the penalties with Scott and then Barry getting two minutes each. With the RedHawks now enjoying a 5 on 3 advantage, Roberts added his second of the night from the resulting powerplay.

A noble if frustratingly narrow loss still seemed a strong possibility until Soar fired into the back of Romford’s net to draw Streatham level. Nobody would’ve complained had the RedHawks taken the game to overtime and lost given how bleak things looked earlier, but with the Raiders on another powerplay Siagris skated his way past everyone like Mo Salah on ice before slotting one home. A late penalty against Ranson ensured the very definition of a nail-biting finish, but the whistle blew and a delirious home crowd went wild with celebration as Streatham clinched the win.

Man of the match: Siagris