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Chieftains hit Cardiff for seven
1:24pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
ICE HOCKEY: Another high scoring weekend for Chelmsford Chieftains saw them demolish a disappointing Cardiff team on Saturday as they ran in seven unanswered goals.
Ryan Bainborough had one of his easier nights to get the shutout in goal as he only faced 16 shots all game, while Luke Takel at the other end saw the puck fly towards his net on 53 occasions, allowing seven to pass him.
A brace from Daniel Volrab, who is beginning to find some form after a slow start, coupled with single markers from Alex Green, Luke Brittle, Ross Brears, captain Danny Wright and deserved man of the match James Ayling were enough to see off the Devils and put the Chieftains up to second place in the league standings.
Grant Bartlett and Phil Manny had a coming together in the third period and exchanged pleasantries, but referee Will Hewitt sent both to the penalty box before things could escalate too far.
On Sunday it was league action in Kent as the Chelmsford team headed to Gillingham to take on an in-form Dynamos team.
The early going was all Chieftains as they ran into a 2-0 lead before the end of the first session.
Player coach Gary Clarke netted just after seven minutes in and then Brittle scored his second of the weekend about ten minutes later.
Less than five minutes of the second period was all it took for the Dynamos to level through Juraj Huska and Andy Smith before Volrab restored a lead for the Chieftains just over half way through the game.
Late on, Callum Fowler put the home side back level and it was a tense finish with Ayling hitting the post with ten seconds on the clock to deny an arguably deserved win for the visitors.
Bartlett again was involved in a scuffle with an opponent – this time Arron Strawson was the potential dance partner, but again things were kept to a minimum by the officials and nothing of real note came of it.
Back at the Riverside it was division 2 cup action as the Warriors took on the Peterborough Islanders and a 1-1 draw was the outcome with a fairly back and forth game throughout ending in a fair result.
The Warriors had the better of the game in places, outshooting the visitors 43-25, but were unable to net more than once.
Tom Wilson was the scorer for the Essex side and a late reply from Josh Turley took the win away from the Warriors.
Next weekend it’s league action all the way with a trip to the Isle of Wight for a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday with the Wightlink Raiders, before Sunday’s big game at the Riverside against the re-branded London Raiders.
Face off on Sunday is 6.30pm and with it being the first game against the former Romford Raiders, a large crowd is expected.
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