London Raiders v Chelmsford Chieftains: The story so far
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 February 2017
Rivals ready for cup semi-final battles
London Raiders meet Chelmsford Chieftains in a two-legged semi-final in the National League Cup this weekend.
The first leg takes place at Lee Valley on Saturday (5.30pm), with the return at the Riverside Ice Arena on Sunday (6.30pm).
The two teams have already met six times this season, with Raiders winning both early matches in the cup group phase, before Chieftains came out on top in all four league contests on their way to clinching the title.
We take a quick look back over those meetings here, before the next two instalments.
October 15 (Cup)
Raiders 6 Chieftains 5 (Shots 30-38)
Slavomir Buda puts Raiders ahead inside two minutes, with Julian Smith adding a powerplay goal soon after.
Mark Robinson and Matt France also find the target to put Raiders 4-0 up at the first break, with JJ Pitchley adding a powerplay goal in the second period.
Chieftains finally beat guest goalie Dan Lane in the 50th minute, then quickly add a second before Bailey Chittock makes it 6-2.
Three more Chelmsford goals in the space of 2mins 25secs leave Raiders nerves jangling in the last two minutes, but they hold on to end a 19-game losing streak against their fierce rivals.
November 20 (Cup)
Chieftains 2 Raiders 4 (Shots 39-34)
Euan King makes 37 saves against his former club to help Raiders complete a cup double over their rivals at the Riverside.
Jacob Ranson cancels out Juraj Huska’s early opener, just 21 seconds later, and Pitchley’s powerplay goal gives the visitors the lead at the first break.
Tom Davis makes it 3-1 early in the second peroid, with Marek Nahlik netting a fourth, before Grant Bartlett’s late consolation.
December 11 (league)
Chieftains 8 Raiders 2 (Shots 47-53)
Chelmsford score four shorthanded goals to claim the points in the first league meeting between the sides.
Ranson puts shortbenched Raiders ahead, but Huska scores twice in 62 seconds while Sean Barry is serving a hooking penalty and Darren Brown adds a third shorthanded goal just six seconds later.
Nahlik closes the gap to one at the midway mark, but Huska completes his hat-trick and Liam Chong makes it 5-2 at the second break.
Huska adds his fourth on a powerplay, before Matt Turner beats King while Chieftains are a man short once again and Jake Sylvester completes the scoring, before Cameron Bartlett and Pitchley drop the gloves late on.
January 14 (league)
Raiders 0 Chieftains 6 (Shots 29-46)
Jake Sylvester hits a hat-trick and Sonny Phillips records a shutout as Chieftains show their strength early in 2017.
Pitchley and Grant Bartlett clash inside two minutes, before Sylvester, Huska and Oliver Baldock score in a 7:33 span to put the visitors firmly on top.
Sylvester nets the only goal of the middle period and completes his treble in the 49th minute, before Pitchley and Dan Hammond drop the gloves in mid-ice.
Huska has the final word with his seventh goal in three matches between the sides.
February 12 (league)
Chieftains 5 Raiders 3 (Shots 47-31)
Newly-crowned champions Chelmsford are made to work hard for the points by a battling Raiders outfit.
Huska scores twice inside the first 10 minutes, but Buda and Pitchley reply before the end of the first period.
Cameron Bartlett and Brown restore the home side’s two-goal cushion in the middle session, but Lukas Zatopek and Barry pick up 10-minute misconduct penalties and Pitchley’s second powerplay goal of the night gives Raiders late hope of salvaging something.
Cameron Bartlett nets a fifth Chelmsford goal with 81 seconds left, though, to send Alan Blyth’s men away empty-handed once again.
February 18 (league)
Raiders 3 Chieftains 11 (Shots 25-51)
Huska helps himself to five more goals, including a pair of shorthanded strikes, as Chelmsford put Raiders to the sword.
Grant Bartlett opens the scoring after just 19 seconds, with Huska then scoring a straight hat-trick to make it 4-1 at the first break, as Tom Davis replies for the hosts.
Chieftains add six unanswered goals in the middle session, as Grant Bartlett and Hammond score twice each and Huska and Anthony Leone also beat shellshocked King.
Huska makes it 11-1 in the 56th minute, before Davis and Thomas Beesley claim late, but scant, consolation goals for Raiders.