Dynamos trump Jets in Gillingham
Twin brothers Cameron and Grant Bartlett each tallied hat-tricks on Sunday night as their efforts, alongside goals from Edmund Piacka (2), Martins Susters (2), Ondrej Zosiak and Louis Colvin, secured a comfortable 12-4 preseason victory for the Mos over the Slough Jets.
Having already thumped their NIHL South Division 2 opponents the night before, the Mos were quick off the mark on Sunday as Slovak Ondrej Zosiak lashed over the glove of netminder Brett Shepherd from back on the blue line as early as 01.01. Slough almost replied as a bouncing puck travelled to towards the target off the skate of Nathan Darmanin but a wrong-footed Adam Long did well to recover and claw the disc back from the goal line. Down the other end the hosts soon added another – Edmund Piacka demonstrating his shooting prowess by firing over Shepherd’s shoulder at his near post from close left at 06.57.
At 10.40 the Dynamos had a third – Matt Foord winning an offensive faceoff and Martins Susters rifling low into the bottom left corner from the right circle for 3-0. To their credit the Jets answered instantly at 10.52 – Bradley Hildreth’s shot from the back of the left circle was blocked by Adam Long but Nathan Darmanin was fastest to the rebound right in front. Slough netminder Brett Shepherd then faced a fair amount of rubber but he stood firm until 18.41 – Cameron Bartlett’s pass putting brother Grant Bartlett on the breakaway and he flashed the puck into the bottom right corner for a powerplay strike as Tom Fisher sat for tripping.
In the second frame the Dynamos increased their dominance and moved 5-1 ahead at 22.27 – from behind the net Cameron Bartlett played the puck to the crease where the on-rushing Grant Bartlett forced in at point blank range at the second attempt. Just moments later, at 24.30, it was 6-1 – Harrison Lillis’ diagonal finding Louis Colvin on the right wing and he skipped beyond his man before lashing into the top far corner from close right with a pinpoint finish.
Andrew Munroe was sent to the box with a tripping minor almost midway through but even this could not blunt the Mos attack as they claimed a seventh at 28.51 – Martins Susters and Edmund Piacka breaking clear shorthanded and, though Brett Shepherd denied the Latvian, the goalie could do nothing to prevent the Slovak poaching and poking in the loose rebound. Grant Bartlett struck the post and Piacka swatted a breakaway wide of the target soon after but the hosts would not be waiting long for goal number eight – Ondrej Zosiak driving the puck across the crease from the left wing and Grant Bartlett in place to tap in back post for 8-1 at 37.01. Once again the Jets mustered a reply before the break – from the left boards Daniel Rose found Lukas Smital in the middle and he flicked to the back stick where the on-rushing Samuel Talbot poked over Adam Long to cut the deficit at 39.21.
In the final frame the Mos were off again at 45.48 – Cameron Bartlett tearing up the ice following a defensive faceoff win and using brother Grant as a decoy before shifting onto his backhand and roofing over Brett Shepherd from close left for 9-1. He had his second of the night at 46.40 – Louis Colvin’s drop pass finding him in the left circle and Bartlett drove beyond the netminder at his near post with a shot the goalie looked to have covered. If Shepherd had made an error he then atoned by stopping Colvin on a breakaway and denying Jake Stedman’s one-timer from point blank right. Down the other end his side then claimed their third – Daniel Rose found Simon Griffiths all alone on the inside edge of the right circle and he sent a shot over the line off of the pads of Adam Long at 51.36.
Brett Shepherd made a fine double save from Grant Bartlett and Louis Colvin just over midway through but his resistance was undone again at 55.53 – Colvin’s pass from the right corner found Cameron Bartlett on his lonesome between the circles and he fired in off of the underside of the bar for 11-3. Martins Susters then scored arguably the goal of the night at 55.53 – the Latvian taking the puck in the neutral zone, turning Tom Fisher inside out with some quick stick work and committing the netminder with more hand speed before flicking in at point blank range. A testament to their fighting spirit, the visiting Jets notched the last of the night – Luke Dreelan had two bites of the cherry close left, with Adam Long denying both, but the goalie could do nothing about Samuel Talbot’s follow up right in front.
So it was an emphatic 12-4 home win for the Dynamos in the second preseason challenge game before the competitive action gets underway just two weeks later. A league separates the Mos from the Jets and it was evident on the ice with the hosts dominating throughout and leading the shot count by 63 to 28. More importantly the side showed plenty of promise with goals aplenty, added depth that was perhaps missing the previous year and some applause drawing flair. Meanwhile the Jets should be commended for battling hard from puck drop to buzzer over both of the weekend’s games. Man of the match awards went to Samuel Talbot of Slough and 6 point hero Grant Bartlett of the Mos.
Written by Paul Bennett.