Slough Jets v Chelmsford Warriors
I believe that most (all?)of the team from Slough only skated on their new ice earlier on the same day in a practice ahead of this twice postponed League fixture.
given that, it took two periods of hockey for the Jets to get used to the smaller playing surface and the conditions that applied. Chelmsford, by contrast, appeared to adapt much quicker to the circumstances , perhaps because they were a more disciplined squad who have not suffered a mid-season disruption to their fixture list.
So, it was immensely satisfying to those loyal fans who have waited so long for a home match, that the first goal scored was for the home team! It came after ten minutes of tentative play and was scored by Luke Martin-Digby following a pass from the point by Kirk Evans. The lead lasted only eighty seconds before Warriors man of the match Thomas Wilson, beat Chris Douglas in the Jets net.
A largely un-eventful second period saw a dominance by the visitors as Slough continued to come to terms with the playing surface, for un-answered goals coming from Ross Brears, Sean Martin, Ethan Booklah and a second from Wilson just seconds before the second interval.
The game came to life in the final period as Slough seemed to find the correct passing length and a rhythm to their play. Warriors sixth was scored at 44.53 before a check to the head to Jets defenceman Charlie Dobbins saw Bailey Chittock receive a 2+10 minute penalty. Good play around Chelmsford's goal on the powerplay resulted in Jets second, Evans the scorer. It was Evans again with Charlie Dobbins in the sin-bin, whose smart pass up the ice to Nathan Darmanin gave him a superb one on one finish past Billy Cook, the Warriors goalie, to close the gap and record a short-handed strike. Goal of the game!
Slough's fourth was scored by Cameron Barker, the fastest to react to a loose puck on another Slough powerplay, but then the team conceded a seventh Chelmsford goal to complete the scoring.
MOM for Slough was Nathan Darmanin.