Lee Valley travelled to League Champions Oxford looking to repeat the success of their 3-2 win earlier in the season. Missing from the line up was Graham Lewis.
First Period: The Lions couldn’t have asked for a better start. After a quick build up, Romanas Fedotovas (0:17, assist Hodge) was in the perfect position in front of the Stars net to put the Lions in front and silence the large crowd in attendance. The game continued to go back and forth but Oxford scored a short handed equaliser when Alan Green (4:39, assist Oliver) caught the Lions’ defence napping on a long clearance and blasted the puck past Aaron Mallet. With some inconsistent calls being made, the Lions found themselves in the box from the 16th minute. Eventually the pressure of being short handed told and Oxford took the lead through Joe Oliver (19:10, assists Green and Nick Oliver). An altercation between James Hatfull and Oxford defenceman Andy Cox saw the Lions’ Captain ejected with a match penalty for cross checking. The Period ended with the Lions facing seven minutes of penalty kill.
Second Period: As expected, the Lions were under immense pressure from the off and it wasn’t long before Oxford broke through the Lions penalty kill. First, Darren Elliot (21:59, assist Oliver) doubled the hosts’ lead, then ex Peterborough player James Pentecost (23:43, assist Elliot and Oliver) made it four. The short-handed nightmare was topped off by Sam Broughton (24:31, assists Cox and Oliver), putting the Stars out of sight before Lee Valley had even had a chance to play the period even handed. Jacob Smith (30:34, unassisted) then went in alone to make it six, and Nick Oliver (33:19, assists Green and Elliot) capped off a destructive period that ended 7-1 to Oxford. To top it off, Theo Abban was made to sit a dubious ten minute misconduct penalty and Kevin Lake’s night was ended early with a broken toe.
Third Period: It didn’t get any better for the Lions, who by this point were playing damage limitation against a side who were firing on all cylinders. First Josh Oliver (41:58, unassisted) scored Oxford’s eighth, then Pentecost (55:50, assist Smith) added his second of the evening and the final nail in the coffin was hammered in by My Oxford himself as Darren Elliot (56:57, assists Green and Oliver) scored his second of his evening. Leaving the Lions to lick their wounds ahead of next week’s trip to Invicta.
Final Score: Oxford 10-1 Lee Valley
Period Scores: 2-1/5-0/3-0
Shots on Goal: 22 on Skaife (Oxford), 59 on Mallet (Lee Valley)
Penalties in Minutes: Oxford 49-51 Lee Valley
Man of the Match: Ashlee Cave
Scorers: Lee Valley – Romanas Fedotovas (1+0), Richard Hodge (0+1).
Oxford – Joe Oliver (1+4) Darren Elliot (2+2), Alan Green (1+3), Nick Oliver (1+2), James Pentecost (2+0), Jacob Smith (1+1), Josh Oliver & Sam Broughton (1+0), Andy Cox (0+1).
There are photos from the game available on fozzyimages’ Flickr page here.