U15 Invicta Mavericks vs U15 Basingstoke Junior Bison - Saturday 11 November 2017
The Invicta U15s faced the U15 Basingstoke Junior Bison for the first time this season when they welcomed the Bison to Planet Ice Gillingham on Saturday 11 November. With regular Captain Gregor McAllan failing a late fitness test, Coach Dell handed Joe Webb the ‘C’ and gave Harvey Bryden the start in goal.
As it was Remembrance Weekend, the Mavericks wore poppies on their helmets, and both teams, benches and supporters immaculately observed a minute’s silence prior to the start of the game.
The Mavericks jumped into an early lead on 4:22 of the first period when debutant Olly Wagg, leading scorer for the U13 Invicta Chargers, took a pass from Matthew Bell at centre ice and skated clear of the Basingstoke defence to fire home the go-ahead goal. The Bison responded with some nice intricate passing plays and, despite the best efforts of Bryden in the Mav’s goal, Basingstoke charged into a 3-1 at the end of the first.
The short-handed Mavericks fought hard to stay in the game in the second frame, but it was largely one-way traffic as the Bison extended their lead to 8-1.
Invicta improved their performance in the third period, but couldn’t prevent the continued steady flow of goals. At the final buzzer Bryden had faced a total of 41 shots on goal compared to Invicta’s 13 on Basingstoke, as the Bison left with the two points.
FINAL: Invicta Mavericks 1 – 12 Basingstoke Junior Bison
Man of the Match: #15 Olly Wagg
U15 Streatham vs U15 Invicta Mavericks - Saturday 18 November 2017
The Mavericks took the long, slow journey around the London South-Circular on Saturday 18 November for a late evening game against league leaders Streatham. Although boosted by the return of Captain McAllan, the short-benched Mavericks were missing several players. Owen Rider was given the start between the pipes.
Streatham quickly jumped into a two-goal lead early in the game as the Mavs appeared more intent in laying hits on their opponents, as opposed to keeping the puck out of the net. Invicta eventually found their discipline and settled into playing their own game, though couldn’t prevent the hosts extending their lead by a further goal to leave the score 3-0 after 15 minutes.
The Mavericks had a strong second period, frustrating their opponents with some disciplined play and with Rider continuing to have a strong game in the Invicta net. The Mavs pulled a goal back, and broke the Streatham shut-out, when Gregor McAllan powered his way up the ice and slapped the puck into the Streatham net to score the solitary goal of the period, leaving the score 3-1 to Streatham.
The Mavericks ran into penalty trouble in the third period as they chased a second goal the hosts to full advantage to extend their advantage to 5-1, before adding a late buzzer-beater.
FINAL: Streatham 6 – 1 Invicta Mavericks
Man of the Match: #30 Owen Rider
Spirit of the Game: #22 Ava Dell