Thunder open the season
with a win in Streatham
Thunder made the
trip to the high road last night to take on the Redskins in their first game of
the season. With a strong squad this season, Thunder were not affected by
missing four key players and took to the ice with three strong lines.
Redskins started strongly and had good possession in Thunder's zone for a lot of
the opening period. Callum Best gave the home side the lead mid period
eventually finding a way pass the impressive Damien King making his debut in the
Thunder goal. Thunder's first powerplay was the opportunity needed to level the
score, the powerplay was impressive through out the game with Thunder working
the puck well in the Redskins zone to open up the scoring chance. It was Josh
Nicklin that scored the equaliser at 16:03 assisted by Jamie Line and Piotr
Sam Cheema went toe to toe with Redskins Callum Best a minute later in a
statement that Thunder weren't there to be pushed around. Redskins tried to up
the physical side and went in after Damien King when he had saved and covered
the puck, the result, 3 roughing penalties on Redskins and 2 on Thunder as
Thunder again stood up for each other.
The second period was much better from Thunder, now they were into game mode for
proper and their transitional play through the neutral zone was slick and
assured which started to rattle the home side. Two minutes into the period and
Thunder were ahead, another powerplay goal this time scored by Poziomkowski and
assisted by Line. Redskins got level shortly afterwards through Brandon Miles
but Thunder's third powerplay goal of the night saw them ahead again before the
break. This time it was man of the match Jamie Line that scored with Alex Whyte
providing the assist.
Redskins came out strong in the final period but couldn't find a way through
Thunder's resolute defence with King making some fine saves. Their lack of
success turned to frustration and the home side started to take needless
penalties. This was great for Thunder, they were able to keep possession for
much of the remaining ten minutes, and protect that valuable one goal advantage
and take the two points in their opening game.
There is still work to do with Thunder needing to improve their defensive zone
coverage and clearing the zone, but going forward they look potent. The passing
and movement is good and at the back Damien King showed what a class keeper he
is stopping 40 of the 42 shots faced.
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