U15 Haringey Hounds v U15 Invicta Mavericks – Sunday 8th October 2017
The Invicta Mavericks made the trip up to North London’s Alexandra Palace to face the Haringey Hounds in search of their first points of the season. Coach Dell gave a Mavericks debut to new-signing Clarice King and U13 Invicta Charger Brandon Chard. With Owen Rider getting the nod between the pipes, Harvey Bryden dressed as a skater for the first time in his junior hockey career.
1st Period - The lengthy pre-game warm-up helped ensure that everyone was raring to go for the puck drop, and Invicta scored at the end of the first shift of the game, as the pacey Joe Webb burst through Hounds’ defensive line to rifle a shot over the goalie’s shoulder and into the net for the go-ahead goal at 01:33. The Mavericks pushed to extend their lead and had a number of scoring opportunities that were either well saved or shot wide of the net. At the other end, Rider was looking assured in goal, comfortable dealing with any Hounds shots. On 10:45 it was Webb again who scored from close in, with Gregor McAllan officially credited with the assist to leave to the score 2-0 to Invicta at the end of the first period.
2nd Period - The Mavs further extended their lead on 19:43 when a McAllan rush from the back initially drew a fine save from the Hounds’ netminder, but Charlotte Davenport-Jeffery stayed with the play, went to the net and tucked away her first goal of the season. The whole Mavericks team put in a very disciplined performance for the remainder period, with every player listening to Coach Dell’s instructions and putting them into action on the ice. All 3 lines of forwards worked tirelessly in closing down the Haringey skaters and more importantly kept their shifts short. At the back, the physical play of Charlie Thwaites and the shot blocking of Matty Bell helped limit the number of quality scoring chances for the Hounds and after 30 minutes the score was 3-0 to Invicta.
3rd Period - Webb completed his hat-trick in the final period on 32:27 as he again broke the Haringey defensive line to fire into the Hounds’ net and put Invicta into an unassailable 4-0 lead. Haringey’s frustrations with the scoreline lead to an upsurge in body checks, with Bryden, McAllan and Brandon Chard all taking heavy hits. The Mavericks’ and goaltender Rider’s shut-out was broken on 39:48 when the Haringey Captain entered the Mavs' zone and out-skated the Invicta defence, who were gassed after a long shift, to slide the puck into the Mavericks' net. Invicta comfortably saw out the remained of the game to secure the two points.
FINAL: U15 Haringey Hounds 1-4 U15 Invicta Mavericks
A much-improved performance from the Mavericks after the previous weeks’ disappointment in Milton Keynes. Man of the Match went to hat-trick hero Joe Webb, with the Spirit of the Game award going to debutant Clarice King.
The official game sheet can be found HERE
The Mavs will be looking for revenge in their next game when they host the U15 Milton Keynes Storm on Sunday 15th October in their first home game of the season.