Raiders stung by late Hornets winner
PUBLISHED: 08:49 14 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:49 14 September 2014
National League: London Raiders 5 Bracknell 6
Raiders were left empty-handed as Danny Hughes struck a late winner for Bracknell at Lee Valley last night.
The home side – having been 4-2 ahead in the middle period – looked to have secured a point when drawing level through import defenceman Vaclav Drabek with just over two minutes remaining.
But Hughes had other ideas and completed his hat-trick just 22 seconds later to condemn Danny Marshall’s men to defeat in their second outing of the new season.
The visitors had made a flying start, opening the scoring after just 33 seconds through Daniel Rose.
But Raiders, who welcomed Marshall back from a one-game suspension and handed debuts to Perry Richardson and Ross Wilkinson, rallied to level with a Jakub Klima strike in the 14th minute.
Marshall put his side ahead just 29 seconds into the second period with a powerplay goal, after Danny Ingoldsby was binned for roughing late in the opening session.
And Raiders went 3-1 up little over a minute later as Drabek netted his first of the night on an assist from Dan Peters.
Hughes hit back with a shorthanded second for Bracknell in the 33rd minute, but Raiders captain AJ Smith restored his side’s two-goal cushion before Wilkinson was called for slashing.
JJ Pitchley made his former club pay with a powerplay goal to cut the gap to one at the 40-minute mark.
And Bracknell were back on terms with just over nine minutes left, after Phil Manny and Ingoldsby had collected double minors for roughing, when Cameron Barker capitalised on another man advantage with David Oliver serving a penalty for high sticks.
Hughes gave Bracknell their second lead of the night in the 53rd minute, before Drabek squared matters in a tense climax.
But Raiders, who were outshot 44-27 on the night, could not hold onto their point as Hughes struck a final telling blow.
Scorers, Raiders: Drabek* 2 Marshall 1+1 Klima* 1+1 Smith 1 Davis 0+2 Oliver 0+2 Peters 0+1.
Bracknell: Hughes 3+1 Pitchley 1+2 Barker 1 Rose 1 Pelikovsky* 0+2 Plenty 0+1 Jasik* 0+1 Thompson 0+1 Smith 0+1.
Shots faced: Brabon (Raiders) 44 Duffy (Bracknell) 27.