The Riverside Raiders had a frustrating time in their last home game of the Summer Classic Cup group stage as they lost 4-6 to the Kingston City Knights at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
The visitors were by far the quickest off the blocks and opened the scoring after just 90 seconds of the game. The Raiders found themselves 0-3 down by the end of the first period and, as it turned out, were unable to make up the deficit, despite playing much better for the remainder of the game.
James Kelly scored the Raiders’ first goal just 66 seconds from the restart but the Knights restored their 3-goal advantage with another strike 3 minutes later.
Two more goals for the Raiders – from Eemeli Vuorihovi after 28 minutes and Laurence Le Vay on 36 narrowed the deficit to just 1 goal but, once again, the Knights found the net at the right moment with a goal in the 38th minute to lead 3-5 heading into the final period.
The Raiders came out really fired up for the final 20 minutes of play and they actually had two goals disallowed which might otherwise have drawn them level. Instead the Knights scored their 6th and final goal on 50 minutes, leaving the Raiders too much to do in the closing stages.
A powerplay goal in the 52nd minute for Stephen Harvey finished off the scoring for the evening but the Knights were able to go back to Hull celebrating a 4-6 victory.
The Raiders play their final group game away to the Kingston City Knights this Sunday 5th August at Hull Arena, face off 12.30pm.
The Mayhem sledge hockey team are in action this Sunday 5th August when they take on the Sheffield Steelkings in the British Para Ice Hockey League at Planet Ice Widnes.
Both teams are chasing points to qualify for the end of season play offs and it should be an entertaining encounter. The game faces off at 4.30pm and admission is free.