Poor Stars put to the sword in double defeat

Oxford City Stars had a nightmare weekend in NIHL1 South where they crashed to two defeats, shipping 17 goals in the process, losing 11-3 at home to Chelmsford Chieftains and 6-0 away to the Streatham with the Stars shutout for the first time since 2011.

Stars got off to an ideal start against Chelmsford when Joe Oliver scored on the powerplay after just 35 seconds as Chelmsford’s Lucas Zatopek’s was assessed for interference just twelve seconds into the game, but Chelmsford took just five seconds to redress the balance with Danny Hammond levelling up the game on the 40 seconds mark.

Chelmsford took the lead from Martin Piecha just 31 seconds later after a great pass from Ross Brears to give Chelmsford the lead. Just a few minutes later Chelmsford again scored two goals in a minute from Julian Smith and Darren Brown and when Brown scored his second of the game in the 9th minute, the result of the match looked certain.

The Chieftains went on to score twice again in the period, from Michael Ranby and Cameron Bartlett to finish it at 7-1. Into the second period, and Zatopek scored in the 29th minute to make it eight. Stars had a glimmer of hope when Mike Whillock shot from the slot to beat Ben Clements and score his first goal since returning from injury, but Chelmsford took just 42 seconds to restore the eight goal differential from Matthew Turner.

Piecha got his second of the game in the 42nd minute, and Chelmsford scored their 11th and final of the night in the 52nd minute from Cameron Bartlett. Stars did get one back with a few minutes to spare from Darren Elliott to end the scoreline 11-3.

Stars then hit the road for their following day trip to Streatham to face the Redskins who had won all three previous encounters against the Stars this season. It was, in all truth, a strange game for the Stars, a chippy one were Streatham scored six unanswered goals to take the game, however you felt that the horrifically short-benched Stars had put out a performance, even if it hadn’t worked.

Down to just 12 outskaters, it was a case of plenty of ice time all-round for the Stars and it took 11 minutes for the hosts to get on the board from Jakub Klima. Klima would go on to get another two goals in the second period (as one as one from Dominic Hopkins) to see it finish 4-0 after 40 minutes.

Robbie Brown scored Streatham’s 5th, and Klima completed a superb night for the Redskins scoring his 4th of the night in a 6-0 victory for the hosts.

Stars will look to bounce back against a team they’ve had more success against this season, the Bracknell Hornets who they have beaten in both of the games at Oxpens Road, but now need to prove that they can do it on the road as well as the travel to the John Nike on Saturday night.

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