Below par Raiders hit for 6

London Raiders were left empty-handed after defeat against second-placed Dynamos last night.

They arrived in Gillingham in confident mood after a blank weekend and took an early lead when Jakub Kostlansky rifled a bullet of a shot past Mark McGill in the Invicta net.

But Dynamos were back on terms soon after as Michal Oravec converted on a powerplay, with Stevie Dunnage serving a hooking minor.

Chris Douglas denied the home side for the rest of the opening period, as Dynamos dominated the shot count 16-10.

But Raiders, who were without Alan Lack due to work commitments, fell behind just before the midway mark as Nicky Lewis found the back of the net.

And it was 3-1 when another ex-Raider Juraj Huska netted a highly controversial goal.

The Slovakian’s close-range shot flew over the right shoulder of Douglas and bounced back out, but play continued for over a minute before referee Phil O’Neill called it back and awarded a goal after consulting with his fellow official.

Raiders were incensed by the decision, but were given a powerplay chance when Elliott Dewey was called for hooking.

It proved a false dawn, though, as Callum Fowler and Lewis netted shorthanded goals just 43 seconds apart to put Dynamos 5-1 up.

The gloves came off early in the final period as Grant Baxter took umbrage to Ross Wilkinson’s hit on Jack Lee, which earned the Raider an extra two minutes.

Invicta could not convert on the powerplay and then lost Huska on an interference call, before he was joined in the box soon after by Grant Taylor for holding.

Jacob Ranson scored during the spell of 4-on-4, pouncing on a loose puck and lifting a neat backhand shot into the roof of the net.

But Dynamos had the final say with just one second left on the clock as O’Neill awarded a penalty shot, which Huska converted.

Scorers, Invicta: Huska* 2+1 Lewis 2 Fowler 1+2 Oravec* 1+1 Beerling 0+2 McNicoll 0+1 Smith 0+1 Strawson 0+1.

Raiders: Kostelansky* 1+1 Ranson 1 Cooper 0+1 France 0+1.

Penalty minutes: Invicta 12 Raiders 16.

Shots on goal: McGill (Dynamos) 32 Douglas (Raiders) 42.

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