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Sep 8, 2019

RedHawks complete double challenge win

Streatham followed up their 4-1 warm up win on the road against Bracknell Hornets 24 hours earlier, with a 5-1 win on home ice in the return game. There was confusion pre-game as to whether the suspended Ryan Watt would be able to ice in the challenge game, but in the end he didn’t dress.

The game started with Streatham quick out of the blocks, without troubling Hornet’s goalie Tom Annetts. Down at the other end Damien King had to be on form to deny Adam Bicknell with a glove save, before a Tamas Elias penalty gave the RedHawks a powerplay.

Thirty seconds into it the home fans were on their feet after a smart passing combination between Adam Wood and Rupe Quiney eventually found Scott Bailey out in the slot, his quick shot nestling into the top corner of the net for 1-0.

Bracknell replied straight away as the dangerous Ealey-Newman poked home the puck after an initial save by King to make it 1-1.

It was 2-1 ten minutes later as Vanya Antonov slipped the puck back to Captain Michael Farn on the point, who then fired an unstoppable slapshot past Annetts into the far top corner of the net.

The second period was littered with minor penalties as the game descended into a really scrappy affair. With neither side managing to put together any flowing hockey, the only notable incident was the injury to young Hornets player Callum Burr. The teenager was hit awkwardly in the corner by Streatham’s new Finnish forward Jonathan Wallius and needing to be stretchered off the ice. Wallius was ejected as a result by referee Stephen Matthews, while RedHawks blueliner Jordan Gregory also picked up a roughing penalty to give the Hornets a big 5 on 3 powerplay chance.

The second period was blown early to allow treatment to Burr (who later went to hospital for precautionary scans), and both sides returned for a 25 minute final session.

The Hornets' 5 on 3 advantage from the start saw King again called into some big saves before a stray puck was tipped past the Hornets’ defence and Vanya Antonov accelerated down the right wing alone. The RedHawks star signing of the summer wheeled through on Annetts before burying the puck in the corner of the net before celebrating with an elaborate breast stroke movement through the large pool of water he fell into.

It was a hammer blow to the visitors, and Streatham killed off the remainder of the penalty with ease.

Adam Wood made it 4-1 with 14 minutes to go, as he latched on to a Quiney pass in the neutral zone, beat his man then roofed a superb backhand effort in front of the delighted home support.

With five minutes left, the win was sealed as Ingoldsby found Ben Paynter in front of goal, and the RedHawks #14 did very well to dig out the puck in front of net and fire it high past Annetts.

The final buzzer marked a 5-1 win that gives new Player Coach Adam Carr plenty to ponder ahead of the first home league game this coming Sunday against Slough Jets.

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an of the match:Vanya Antonov