Thunder in the goals once again

Claire Stanton
Claire Stanton

Jamie Line got Thunder off to the best possible start when he opened the scoring after just 42 seconds, latching on to a good pass from Nidal Phillips to beat Aaron Taylor in the Redskins goal.

Streatham were quick to respond though as Jakub Klima had them level in the second minute capitalising on a slip up in Thunder’s defence.

The visitors then took the lead with a powerplay goal from the impressive Callum Best.

Piotr Poziomkowski that got the puck past Taylor to level the score at 2-2, but back came Redskins and regained the lead through Adam Wood to end the period 2-3 up.

The second period belonged to Thunder as they tightened up defensively and their offence had a potency that Redskins found hard to deal with.

At the back, King saved all 18 shots he faced while the forwards notched up three goals. Connor Goode equalised midway through the period, Poziomkowski scored his second to give Thunder the lead and then Line made it 5 – 3.

Streatham pulled one back just after the restart but 5-4 was as close as they got as Thunder eased away with a further three goals.

Midway through the period Tom Castle found that opening and made it 6 - 4.

Mathias Rugholm added the seventh with a truly superb goal.

He received a pass from Jamie Line, spun round the defender leaving him flat on the ice, deaked the goalie and slotted it home.

Another powerplay opportunity in the dying minutes gave Jamie Line the chance of his hat trick, beating Hopkins just in front of Redskins goal he shot low past Taylor to make it 8–4.

Unfortunately in the process Hopkins checked Line from behind and despite attempting to jump over Taylor Line caught the goalie on the head with his knee and knocked him out.

Taylor had to leave the ice with Sanderson replacing him for the final few seconds.

Thunder now need to take this form into next weekend when they have a double header against Bracknell Hornets.

Hornets are four points ahead of Thunder but have played four games more, so two wins would see Thunder move above them and retain those games in hand.