U15 Invicta Mavericks v U15 Milton Keynes Storm – Sunday 15th October 2017
The Invicta Mavericks welcomed the Milton Keynes Storm to Silverblades Gillingham for their first home game of the 2017/2018 campaign. With the Mavs having narrowly lost 2-1 to the Storm a couple of week previously, a close game was expected by the large, vocal crowd.
1st Period – Invicta started the game well with centreman Joe Webb testing the Storm netminder early on. After the Mavs killed off a Taylor Chard tripping penalty, it was the turn of an MK defenceman to sit in the box, as a battling Brandon Chard drew a roughing call in the Mav’s defensive zone. The Invicta powerplay unit didn’t take long to benefit from the advantage as D-Men Charlie Thwaites and Matt Bell combined to set up Brandon Chard, with the young forward making no mistake and scoring ‘five-hole’ on the MK goalie at 07:41. With Owen Rider looking assured in the Invicta net, the Mavs’ dominance continued for the remainder of the period but they were unable to extend their lead to leave the score 1-0 after 15 minutes.
2nd Period – The Storm pushed back hard in the 2nd frame, pressurising and pressing the Mavericks with increased intensity. The momentum shift saw MK level the game on 17:04 when a Strom forward rounded Thwaites and tucked away a nice back-handed finish past Rider to even things up. Thwaites was ejected from the game on 24:23 as a heavy hit on a Milton Keynes forward was interpreted as boarding by the referee, resulting in a 5-minute MK powerplay. Despite the loss of a senior defenceman, the Mavericks ‘weathered the Storm’ with relative ease and restricted MK to shots from distance, all which Rider handled comfortably. With MK ‘winning’ the second period, the score after 30 mins in a tight game was 1-1.
3rd Period – The Mavericks’ powerplay unit was given a chance to go to work again early in the final period after a boarding call on an MK player. Invicta didn’t pass up the opportunity as Bell picked up the puck on the Storm blue line and fed McAllan on the right point and the Captain fired a rocket into the Storm net for the go-ahead goal 35:21. Milton Keynes pushed for an equaliser in an evenly matched period, but could not find a way past Rider. The Mavericks made the game safe on 43:24 when Ed Stedman fired a low shot home after a nice pass from Brandon Chard. Invicta closed the game out comfortably to secure back to back victories.
FINAL: Invicta Mavericks 3-1 Milton Keynes Storm
A deserved victory for the Mavericks in a closely fought contest. The Man of the Match award went to Brandon Chard, who registered a goal and an assist.
The official EIHA gamesheet can be found HERE
The Mavericks are back in action on Saturday 11th November, when they entertain the U15 Basingstoke Junior Bison.