Dynamos in charge against Thunder

Mark Lee in Dynamos' goal, diving to stop Mathias Rugholm. Pic by Claire Stanton
Mark Lee in Dynamos' goal, diving to stop Mathias Rugholm. Pic by Claire Stanton

Invicta Dynamos have arguably the best attacking squad in the league, and it showed as they beat MK Thunder 4-1 on Sunday.

Thunder were unbeaten at home this season but that was soon history as Dynamos raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening period.

The Thunder side had no answer to the speed and control of the visitors forward lines and when they did gain possession and mount their own attacks, they found Mark Lee in acrobatic form in the Invicta goal.

Juraj Huska opened the scoring for the Dynamos in the seventh minute and recently arrived Estonian defenceman, Ilya Urushev, made it 2-0 mid period.

When Adam McNicoll added a third it began to look like it could end up embarrassing for Thunder.

It wasn’t all one way traffic though, Thunder were unlucky not to score in the period as they had a lot of good possession in the Dyanmos zone, they just couldn’t work a way past Lee in goal.

A 0-0 second period steadied the ship for Thunder, Jamie Line, Piotr Poziomkowski and Tom Mboya all came close as Thunder worked their way back into the game. At the back, the defence was tighter than in the first period with Damien King solid in goal.

Into the final period and eventually Thunder found their goal, Connor Goode getting the final touch in a goalmouth melee, the assist going to Jamie Randall.

However persistent offence in search of a second goal was met by Mark Lee’s flamboyant netminding, at times he seemed to be literally standing on his head to stop Thunder shots.

Thunder pulled King for the extra skater with less than a minute to go and were instantly punished when Urushev shot the puck from deep in his own zone and watched it slide all the way down into the Thunder goal to seal the 4–1 win for Dynamos.

Thunder will need to regroup this week as they face another tough home game on Sunday when Wightlink Raiders come to Milton Keynes.

They need to get traffic in front of the opposition goalie to block sight lines and get onto rebounds while defensively they have got to get their checking game going, all too often in this game the Dynamos players found it too easy to skate around Thunder’s defensive zone.