07:30PM, Friday 03 October 2014
The Jets opened their league campaign in style at Gillingham where they launched another goal blitz, this time on the hapless Mustangs, writes Dick Bellamy.
On the back of two substantial cup wins, the Jets made it three out of three and took their strike tally to 31 goals.
But this time they were without last season’s top shot and last week’s hatchet man Zoran Kozic, the scoring honours this week falling to Conor Redmond with a four-goal blast.
The Jets were also missing Stas Prokoviev on ice and coach Tony Milton on the bench.
Instead Slough were under the guidance of Scottish hockey legend Kenny Redmond.
Unlike the cautious starts of the two cup games, the Jets were quickly into their stride and dealt out punishment in equal measure through all three sessions.
That said, the first goal did not come until 14 minutes into the match and, despite the final scoreline, the Mustangs looked well-drilled and organised.
But all three Jets’ lines stepped up to the task and all contributed in what turned into a rout.
Along the way there were some outstanding finishes. Conor Redmond’s solo effort on their first powerplay was perhaps the pick of these, coolly slipping the puck past Matt Daubney to record Jets’ third at 16.20.
But Green’s superb five-on-three shorthanded strike just before the half way point is another strong contender.
The Mustangs stuck to their task well and brought out several class saves from Danny Milton .
But the Slough netminder deservedly kept a clean sheet on his first full 60 minutes between the pipes.
Coach Redmond, standing in for Tony Milton who was attending a wedding, set up three balanced lines, with the second particularly impressive for this game.
One of these, defenceman Timo Lindgren, picked up the man of the match award, showing that this Jets team can defend as well as attack.
It is still early days and the Jets, who are without a match this weekend, next face Peterborough Islanders away in the league on Saturday, October 11, before their next action at The Hangar on Saturday, October 18, against Chelmsford Warriors, again in the league.
An unbeaten start, but the Jets are unlikely to have things all their own way. The Warriors also hammered the Mustangs 13-0 when the two met on Sunday.
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