Unstoppable Stars Tame Swindon Wildcats

Considering the ancient history of the Oxford vs Swindon rivalry is fierce across pretty much all the sports in which the two sides have to face each other, the stand off between the Oxford City Stars and the Swindon Wildcats 2 this past weekend was rather tame.

The Stars dominated play from the get go, the puck spending the majority of the time in the offensive zone. There were many examples of good play, including a lovely set up between Kamil Kinkor and Dom Hopkins, where it was almost unbelievable that the puck hadn’t made it into the net. However, the Stars kept pushing until Theo Bundock opened up the scoring for the evening, tucking the puck into the back of the net with the help of a well-placed pass from Kinkor. Following the first Stars goal, Swindon pushed back to get some shots on goal. The Wildcats then got two penalties, one after another, giving the Stars almost 4 minutes of power play. The Stars were able to make the most of the one-man advantage by scoring on the power play, Jake Florey being the one to score with some assistance from Josh Florey and Mike Whillock. There was no further action in the opening period and so the Stars were up 2 goals to nothing at the end of 20 minutes.

Less than a minute into the middle period of the match, the Stars were able to score their 3rd goal, courtesy of Mike Whillock, Kinkor and Hopkins. In a quick turn around the Stars moved onto their first penalty kill of the evening as Stewart Tait was awarded a 2-minute minor penalty for hooking. Oxford were able to kill the penalty with ease. A while later, Swindon got themselves on the scoreboard as a result of Haydn Lee tucking the puck in behind Milan Ronai, assists coming from Adam Coakley and Nathan Chilcott. The Stars soon hit back with a goal coming from the efforts of Josh Oliver on a rebound shot from Stewart Tait. Tensions on the ice from earlier in the night boil over as a scuffle breaks out on the ice involving Oxford’s Martyn Gray (who was given a 2+2 minute penalty for crosschecking and roughing) and Swindon’s Adrian Dusznik (who sat 2 minutes for roughing) and Deakan Fielder (who received 5+5 minutes for 3rd man in). Wrapping up the scoring for the second period was Mike Whillock. The score at the end of the second period was Oxford having 5 goals to Swindon’s one goal, giving the Stars a 4-goal buffer going into the final period.

5 goals were scored in the third, one of them going towards Swindon’s tally and the others going towards Oxford’s. The 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th goals for Oxford were scored by Connor Redmond, Kamil Kinkor, Jake Florey and Joe Edwards. The players assisting on those goals include Dom Hopkins, Mike Whillock, Theo Bundock, Josh Oliver, Alex Staples and Matt Lawday. Swindon’s goal, scored between the Stars penultimate and last goals, was netted by Adam Coakley and assisted by Nathan Chilcott.

The Stars were able to comfortably win the game with a final score of Oxford City Stars 9 – 2 Swindon Wildcats, winning within the standard regulation time of 60 minutes.

Courtney Millard

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