National League Cup: London Raiders 2 Swindon Wildcats 6 (2-14 agg)

PUBLISHED: 20:18 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 20:18 14 January 2018

Juraj Huska tries to find a way through the Swindon defence (pic John Scott)

Juraj Huska tries to find a way through the Swindon defence (pic John Scott)


Raiders were sent to a second successive defeat by Swindon as their hopes of cup success came to an end with a heavy aggregate loss.

Young Raiders goalie Zach Grandy-Smith looks on against Swindon (pic John Scott)Young Raiders goalie Zach Grandy-Smith looks on against Swindon (pic John Scott)

They were again missing only the injured Alan Lack, while Julian Smith took to the ice for his 200th appearance in a gold and blue jersey.

Michael Gray again lined up in goal, while Swindon gave Matthew Smital a start after Remy 22-shot shut out in his side’s 8-0 win the night before.

The hosts were unable to take advantage on an early power play chance and then lost Tom Davis to a roughing penalty, with Swindon seeing a goal ruled out during their subsequent man advantage.

But Raiders then opened the scoring in the 15th minute through captain Davis, who netted his 87th career goal for the club with assists from Marek Nahlik and Olegs Lascenko.

Olegs Lascenko attacks against Swindon (pic John Scott)Olegs Lascenko attacks against Swindon (pic John Scott)

The home side’s joy was shortlived, though, as Swindon were back on terms before the end of the opening period with a goal from Sam Bullas, making it 9-1 on aggregate.

Aaron Nell put Swindon ahead early in the middle period and they struck twice more through imports Max Birbraer and Jan Kostal before the midway point to widen the gap further, before Gray limped off to be replaced by Zach Grandy-Smith.

Kostal scored again to make it 5-1, but Grandy-Smith produced some good saves to deny Swindon any more goals in the remaining eight and a half minutes of the period.

Raiders had little but pride to play for by this point and JJ Pitchley grabbed their second goal of the tie in the 45th minute, assisted by Jake Sylvester and Sean Barry.

Tom Davis celebrates a goal for London Raiders (pic John Scott)Tom Davis celebrates a goal for London Raiders (pic John Scott)

Swindon replied less than 90 seconds later through Nell, though, to restore their four-goal lead on the night and make it 14-2 on aggregate.

And that was how it stayed for the remainder of the match, as Swindon eased into the semi-finals.

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