Invicta Mustangs v Slough Jets
A game that broke a long losing streak by the Jets was also a well deserved victory for a team that were,
for long periods of the game, up against some poor refereeing which seemed to favour the home side.
In addition, slough lost the services of Cameron Barker in the tenth minute to a nasty ankle injury which may keep him out of the game for several weeks. But the visitors got off to a great start with the first line of Luke Martin-Digby, Jamie Joyce and Kirk Evans combining to beat Matt Passmore, Invicta's goalie, with the first shot on his net. Ninety seconds later and Nathan Darmanin had it 0-2 and the game only 2.33 old!
With no lost between these teams, the first major incident came at 16:26 with the dismissal of Jermey Woolfe, called for slashing but unable to resist a 'wind-up' gesture to Invicta's bench adding a five +match to end his participation.
The Jets extended their lead through Timo Lindgren early in the second period before a series of penalties against them allowed the home side right back into contest. James Laming and Jake Luton (on a power-play) got the scores back 2-3 by the second interval.
It was in the final ten minutes of the match that everything came alive again. At 51:05, Arron Ferris beat the outstanding Chris Douglas in the Jets net to tie the scores and further penalties to both sides made for an exciting finish. It was Slough who went ahead on a power-play with Darmanin's second well set-up by Martin-Digby's shot from the point and that prompted Invicta to call a 'time-out' and pull Passmore off in favour of the extra skater.
Just eight seconds later, captain and defenceman Charlie Dobbins hot the puck the full length of the ice into the empty net and the team could celebrate a memorable and hard-fought victory.
Man of Match for Slough: Chris Douglas