The Wightlink Raiders recorded a fine victory over the Invicta Dynamos in a close game in which the result remained in doubt until well into the final period. The home team always had the edge in this game but credit must go to the Dynamos who held on gamely for a large part of the game.
The Raiders iced new signing Sam Waller and he impressed the home fans with a big hit in the first few seconds of the match. Sam made an impressive debut in this game and looks like an excellent mid season pick up. The Raiders had the better of the opening exchanges and it was no surprise when they took the lead with exactly five minutes played. Robbie Brown breaking his barren run of scoring with a fine wrist shot. What was a surprise was that the Dynamos equalised with 2 minutes as Tim Smith brought them level on the score sheet. The rest of the period was fairly even with both teams creating chances but both net minders were showing good form and the score remained tied until the period break.
The Raiders started the middle period brightly and it was no surprise when they retook the lead just over 5 minutes in. Craig Tribe continuing his good scoring run with a close range strike. There followed a moment on controversy when ref Rene Ross disallowed a Richard Facey score as deemed the played to be in the crease. This seemed to unsettle the Raiders and the Dynamos had there best period of the game which resulted in a second equalizing goal from Tim Smith at 33:07. Shortly after this Tim Smith was levelled by a huge check from the Raiders Jiri Hanzal which left the Dynamos D man looking groggy and he took no further part in the match. The Raiders them moved back into the ascendency and deservedly retook the lead just 8 seconds before the period break when Jeremy Cornish fired a fine shot in to establish a lead which the raiders would not relinquish.
Tempers started to fray in the Third period but although the play at times was bad tempered the game never boiled over in any way. The Raiders strengthened their grip on the game as the Dynamos appeared to tire. As the pressure mounted the Raiders had another goal chalked off as the ref decreed that the net had left its mooring before the puck entered the net. Shortly after this Jiri Hanzal extended the Raiders lead with a near post shot which the Dynamos argued did not enter the net. However the ref gave the goal and the Raiders started to look comfortable in the lead. The game was put beyond the Dynamos when Richard Facey scored the home teams fifth just after the halfway point of the period. The Raiders were content at this point to play the game out but the Dynamos kepy going and pulled a goal back shortly before the end through their import Peter Vaisenen.
This was a well deserved and hard working victory and sets the Raiders up for a tough weekend to come against the two Essex clubs. Things are not going to get any easier but this was a good win against a good team.