Slough Jets demolish the Mustangs before taming the Lions

Slough Jets demolish the Mustangs before taming the Lions

Dick Bellamy

Slough Jets demolish the Mustangs before taming the Lions

Zoran Kozic

Slough Jets 8, Invicta Mustangs 2

 Slough scoring: Josh Ealey-Newman 6+0, Kozic 1+5, Darmanin 1+1, Cox 0+4, Redmond & Lindgren both 0+1. 

Penalty minutes: Slough 26; Invicta 20. 

Netminders: Slough, Danny Milton (40.00) 10/2 and Toby Curtis (20.00) 7/0. Invicta, Matt Passmore (40.00) 36/8 and Jussi Lynch-Grut (20.00) 11/0. 

Man of the match: Slough - Josh Ealey-Newman. Invicta - Lucy Gruber.

Officials: Biggs and Edwards. 

There were few doubts about who was man of the match in the Slough Jets' 8-2 demolition of Invicta Mustangs at The Hangar on Saturday. 

Josh Ealey-Newman, the younger brother of Ben, netted six of his side's goals in another comfortable display for the home side. 

Slough,  who went into the game with a short bench due to injuries and absentees, fell behind in the first minutes but Jake Luton's goal gave Invicta the lead for all of 47 seconds. 

Ealey-Newman finished past the excellent Matt Passmore at 4.51 to start his goal glut. 

Zoran Kozic seized upon a stray pass from defence to thump home the Jets' second and Nathan Darmanin fed Ealey-Newman for his second of the game as the hosts asserted their dominance. 

This game was won in the middle period, with the Jets scoring five goals. Two of which came during power plays and both were netted by the younger of the Ealey-Newman brothers.

Aaron Ferris reacted quickly to slip the ball beyond Slough netminder Danny Milton - whose figures of two goals conceded from 10 shots weren't the best of his season - and provide the Medway side with another consolation in the 37th minute. 

Invicta's man of the match went to Lucy Gruber, one of the very few ladies playing in the league, but only one name was in the frame for Slough's award. 

 

Lee Valley Lions 3, Slough Jets 7. 

Slough scoring: Green 3+2; Underdown 2+0; Ben Ealey-Newman 1+3; Cox 1+1; Darmanin 0+2; Lindgren, Redmond and Milton 0+1. 

Penalty minutes: Lee Valley 39; Slough 18

Netminders: Lee Valley - Grout (33.17) 24/4 and Tipple (26.43) 16/3. Slough - Danny Milton 15/3. 

Man of the match: Lee Valley - Drake; Slough - Underdown.

Officials - Biggs and Hayden. 

The Jets kept their unbeaten record in tact, in arguably their toughest match of the season at Lee Valley Lions on Sunday. 

Sunday's match could have been the occasion when Jets dropped their first points of the campaign. 

Bad weather and traffic hold ups meant they had little warm up time for the game, and again had a short bench due to absentees. 

They faced a full strength Lions side that included their new signing, and import player, Romanas Fedotovas.

Player of the match Liam Underdown got the Jets off to a great start, scoring on a powerplay as Nick Alley sat out a slashing minor. 

Ben Ealey-Newman doubled their advantage seconds later, but the Lions roared back with a goal at 17.41 with Andy Cox in the sin-bin. 

Cox came back on to score his first league goal of the season, another powerplay goal with an assist from Alan Green, and Underdown bagged his second before the home side swapped their netminder. 

At 37.19 Lions' captain James Hepburn was dismissed for a clumsy clipping, which left Conor Redmond injured on the ice. Green punished the Lions with a third powerplay goal. 

In the final period Danny Milton faced more shots than he had in the other two, but produced an assist for Green's second goal at 46.28. He was beaten by Joseph Berry's fine finish, but the league leaders had the final word through Green's hat-trick goal from the now recovered Redmond's assist. 

The Jets can secure the league title if they beat second placed Peterborough Islanders at The Hangar tomorrow night (Saturday). They'll also go into the game looking to score their 100th league goal. They currently have 98, and have conceded just 21. Face off is from 6.45pm. 

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