“A four-point weekend is a massive boost for us. I felt we dominated both games for large periods and got what we deserved in the end.”
Head coach Dan Sampson is pleased with the results this weekend, as back-to-back wins bounced Haringey Huskies into the top four of a tight, competitive NIHL2 South table.
Saturday’s home game against Chelmsford Warriors was a very close call, with Huskies staging an exciting third period comeback to take the game 3-2.
Having dominated possession for much of the early play, Haringey found themselves a goal down at the end of the first period. Warriors’ impressive 16-year-old forward Chris Beckett capitalised on a defensive lapse to give the visitors the lead, with the equally impressive 16-year-old netminder Luca Tessadri turning away everything Haringey could throw at him.
An even second period saw the Huskies equalise with a bullet from Gyuri Dragomir, before Beckett added a second to regain the lead for the Warriors. The Huskies’ dominance finally told in the third period, with goals from Sam Roberts and Stephen Woodford giving the hosts the lead. Having finally got their noses in front, the team showed good game-management to see the game through without any scary moments.
On Sunday at Streatham, a very strong first period saw your Huskies establish a 3-0 lead with goals from Stuart Appleby, Ryan Gadeke and Woodford. A bit of penalty trouble in the second session saw the Black Hawks get on the board with a goal from Gus Zimmerman and, after Gadeke added another for Haringey, a well taken Ryan Burgess power-play goal kept Streatham in touch.
Huskies added a fifth goal late in the period, scored by Dragomir after some slick interplay with Roberts on the power-play. Huskies calmly saw out a scoreless third period to secure the victory, with netminder Luke Clark named player of the game.
Coach Sampson added: “Saturday’s result showed the character we have; how we need to keep going and putting in the effort. Even if the bounces are not going your way, you still need to keep doing the right things. We played good smart hockey and eventually the guys got their reward.
“Sunday’s result was another good team performance. We showed what we are capable of if we stay focused and play the way we know we can play.
“We now focus on the next game, when we will be drilled and ready to go and take the two points.”
Huskies next game is on Sunday 7th November away against Lee Valley Lions. This game will be played at Cambridge Ice Arena, which is the Lions temporary home while the new dual-pad ice centre is being built on the site of their old rink on Lea Bridge Road. Face-off is at 4.15pm.