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Wins for Warriors and Chieftains
12:18pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
THE Chelmsford senior ice hockey sides are on good form at the moment with four wins out of four including two games where the Chieftains netted ten goals.
On Saturday was a long road trip to Cardiff to take on an always difficult Devils outfit, but this was arguably the easiest game in South Wales for a number of years as the Essex side were 6-2 up after the first session, having been 3-0 up inside 7m 20 seconds of play.
Goals came from Matt Turner, Tom Castle and Tibor Schneider before the home side hit back with two goals of their own.
A brace from player-coach Gary Clarke and a Luke Brittle goal nestled in between put the Chieftains four goals ahead at the first break in the game.
A much quieter second period saw just two goals go past James Whiting in the Devils net, who had a busy night facing 50 shots on his net. The goals came from Brittle and Ayling.
As is tradition in Cardiff, pretty much all games have to have a punch-up and this game didn’t break with it as Grant Bartlett and David Sadler dropped the gloves in the third session and both picked up 2+2+10 minute penalties.
This came shortly after Brittle completed a hat-trick and Ross Brears made it ten. A soft call from the referee allowed a penalty shot on Ryan Bainborough which was scored by Adam Wood.
Bainborough made his feelings known to the goal posts and took a ten-minute misconduct penalty for hitting his stick on the pipework. The game closed without much further incident, apart from another roughing penalty dished out to Cardiff hard-man Phil Manny.
In East London the Warriors were entering the Lions Den in what ended up being a closely fought battle which the Chelmsford side scraped through victors by 5-4. The goals came from Steve Dunnage, Courtney Grant, Connor Swainsbury (2) and Stevie Woodford.
On Sunday it was a routine win for the Chieftains, who were missing Michael Ranby for the game, against a Milton Keynes side made up primarily of U18s players, with a few familiar names like Jamie Randall providing the experience.
Daniel Volrab notched a hat-trick as did Matt Turner who scored three and assisted on two. The remaining goals came from Luke Brittle, John Connolly, Ayling and Darren Brown.
It was a tale of two times in a fight at either end of the table as the Chieftains managed 61 shots on young Dennis Bell, while Ben Clements at the other end faced just 13 shots in the 60 minutes of the game.
This result leaves the Chieftains top of their Cup group with only one point dropped in the draw in Invicta.
On the south coast the Warriors sneaked a 3-2 win over the Wightlink Tigers in the NIHL2S Cup competition with Woodford getting a brace and Gary Brown scoring the other.
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