Chieftains Suffer Two Close Losses

The Chelmsford Chieftains were keen to avenge the recent 5-4 away loss at local rivals Invicta Dynamos and so the home fixture was always going to be a lively event!

Both Liam Chong and Julian Smith returned for the Chieftains with the Mo’s fielding ex Chelmsford players Anthony Leone, Juraj Huska and Ben Clements minding the net.
The first period was a quiet affair by the standards of what was to come later. 11 minutes in saw some pushing and shoving between Kieran Raynor and Henry Aiken which amounted to nothing, but the Mo’s player was to prove lively throughout the encounter.

The Mo’s were awarded penalties against Brandon Webster for boarding and Harrison Lillis for hooking, but despite this, the period ended with no score for either side, with the Chieftains facing 17 shots and the Mo’s 6.
2 minutes into the start of the second period and Matt Turner for the Chiefs scored an unassisted goal sending the home crowd into a frenzy. Immediately after the re-start, and seemingly for no reason, Bailey Chittock and Mason Webster dropped the gloves and a short fight ensued, with the Chelmsford player landing some heavy punches before Webster was floored. Both were awarded a 5 minute penalty for fighting, with each having to leave the ice temporarily for treatment.
At 25:55 Chieftain’s Darren Brown scored the second goal of the game assisted by Liam Chong and Julian Smith. At this point the Chieftains appeared to be cruising and the fans were thinking the away defeat was surely to be avenged. However, just a minute later at 27:00, Mo’s Stanislav Lascek pulled one back assisted by Brandon Webster and Richard Harris. Lascek was to prove to be a constant thorn in the Chieftains side for the remainder of the evening.
A delay of game penalty against the Chief’s netminder at 27:43 was followed by the most bizarre of incidents which saw the Mo’s bench throwing a broken stick and a water bottle onto the ice with some pushing and shoving against the Chief’s netminder, resulting in Harrison Lillis for the Mo’s being ejected  and Tom Davis being awarded a 5 minute penalty for fighting. The Chief’s Cameron Bartlett and Grant Bartlett were each awarded a 5 minute penalty for fighting during the same incident.

The stalemate wasn’t to last for long, with Lascek scoring his second of the evening, a shorthanded effort assisted by Ashley Jackson at 31:28. The remainder of the second period was more subdued, finishing with Chiefs facing 14 shots against Mo’s 22 and the teams returning to the dressing room all square at 2-2.

It took 13 minutes of the final period for the next goal to be scored, again going to the Kent based team, with Ashley Jackson finding the net, assisted by Tom Ralph and  Henry Aiken and just 3 minutes later at 56:13, the Mo’s further extended their lead with Stanislav taking the hat-trick assisted by Brandon Webster.
The game looked to be over at 2-4 when Henry Aiken gave away an unnecessary penalty at 57:04 for roughing, leaving the Dynamos shorthanded for the final few minutes of the game and some sterling defending was required to keep the Chief’s attack at bay.

This survived and back to full strength, the Mo’s conceded a goal with just 24 seconds left on the clock, with Cameron Bartlett finding the net assisted by Liam Chong. The Chieftains fans were willing their team to find the net again in the final few seconds to take the game into overtime, but sadly it wasn’t to be and for the second time this season the Dynamos were to take all the points, with the game ending 3-4, with each team facing 14 shots in the last period.
On Sunday Chieftains had a tough away game at Streatham where they faced the league leading Redhawks. Another great game of hockey with Chieftains coming back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point with a 3-3 score at the buzzer. But in overtime Benjamin Ealey-Newman broke the deadlock just 22 seconds into the extra time to earn the Redhawks maximum points.

This weekend Chieftains have no home ice, but do have an re-arranged away fixture at Milton Keynes Thunder on Sunday. But if you don’t want to travel on Sunday the NIHL Division 2 encounter between Chelmsford Warriors and Guildford faces-off at Riverside at 6pm.
Tickets available online at https://chelmsfordwarriors.ticketco.events Chieftains next home game is Saturday November 6th when Oxford City Stars come to Riverside.

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