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Chieftains unbeaten in cup
12:16pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
ICE HOCKEY: Chelmsford Chieftains were made to work hard this weekend for their two results, which leaves them top of their cup group.
After going behind early on at Wightlink Raiders to a Craig Tribe goal, new signing Luke Brittle got his first goal in competitive action for the Essex side before Trbie netted again to make it 2-1 to the home side.
Steve Osman then made it 3-1 in the second period and it looked like Gary Clarke’s men were out of it, but Ross Brears and Tibor Schneider had other ideas and two quick goals tied the game up.
However, Alex Barker scored ten seconds after Schneider had equalised.
Brittle and Daniel Volrab both hit goals in the final session to put the visitors ahead and that’s how the game stayed, despite some frantic attempts on Ryan Bainborough’s goal by the south coast side late on.
The Warriors meanwhile made their first visit to Alexandra Palace as the Racers took to the ice for the first time in a few seasons under new owner David Richards.
It was a forgettable night for all the wrong reasons for the Warriors as Dean Birrell’s men went down 6-1 with only Tom Wilson netting for the visitors in a long night at the Palace.
Things didn’t get any better on the Sunday night as Oxford came to Essex and won 5-1 in a commanding performace against the young side.
The Warriors have very much gone back to basics this year and the bulk of the team is under 18 and getting their first tastes of senior hockey.
Former Chieftain Alan Green was among the scorers for the visitors, with Ellis Swainsbury getting the only goal for the Chelmsford side.
At Invicta Dynamos, the Chieftains went into a 4-0 lead in just over ten minutes with goals from Matt Turner, James Ayling, Clarke and Darren Brown.
Alan Lack and Callum Fowler scored before the end of the first period for the home side to leave it nicely poised at 2-4 with the Dynamos in the ascendancy.
Clarke netted again to settle nerves early in the second session before two former Chieftains favourites in the forms of Danny Hammond and Jakub Klima struck back for the Dynamos before the break as well as a single marker from Fowler.
Things turned ugly in the final session with Grant and Cameron Bartlett clashing with Hammond and Ryan Giles and all four picked up double-minor penalties and were sent to the penalty boxes.
This came moments after Elliott Knell had put the home side ahead in a remarkable comeback that set things up for a very tense finish.
The Chieftains though found a hero just over four minutes from the final buzzer in the form of Luke Brittle who netted on Chris Douglas who otherwise had a strong game saving 42 of 48 shots.
Ben Clements in the Chieftains net made 33 saves from 39 shots, including an outstanding save from Klima which brought praise from all corners of the rink.
Next weekend the Chieftains make the long trip to Cardiff Devils on Saturday in what promises to be an intense encounter against the current league leaders, while on Sunday Chelmsford entertain Milton Keynes Thunder in the first league action at the Riverside this season.
Face-off for Sunday’s game is 6.30pm and tickets start at £5.50. The Warriors make the short trip to Lee Valley in a 5.15pm face-off on Saturday evening.
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