Simon Hobbis was a star on Saturday with two goals.
WIGHTLINK Raiders pulled off one of their biggest wins of the season on Saturday, to stay in touch with the main league challengers.
The Islanders pulled out all the stops, and silenced one of the league’s top players, on their way to beating Invicta Dynamos 6-3 at Ryde Arena.
It was an outstanding performance from the Raiders, who had young defenceman Simon Hobbis to thank for two of the goals.
Raiders took the lead in the eighth minute, Kieran Annis once again proving his potential with a goal, assisted by player-coach Jeremy Cornish and Dan Pye.
Dynamos equalised with less than a minute to go in the first period, but man of the match Hobbis stepped up to reply almost immediately after the restart, Steven Osman setting him up this time.
However, the visitors were not going to capitulate that easily and two goals in the space of 26 seconds from Anthony Leone put the Kent outfit ahead for the first time.
Once again though, Hobbis was there to level affairs, and his second goal at 37.32, while on the powerplay, signalled the end of Dynamos’ hopes.
Three goals in the final period, from Alex Barker on the powerplay at 44.56, from Richard Nembhard just 19 seconds later, and Osman at 52.28, sealed the win.
Invicta’s top import, Juraj Huska, often the thorn in many sides’ fortunes, gained just one assist on the night.
On Sunday night, Raiders looked to continue their excellent form at the home of league leaders Chelmsford Chieftains.
Chieftains, however, were not prepared to let their unbeaten form go, and went on to win 5-2.
Raiders took the lead in only the seventh minute, when Barker netted from Craig Tribe and Osman, but with just eight seconds left on the period, the hosts equalised.
Three second-period goals put Chieftains in front, Matthew Turner and Gary Clarke the scorers, and although Raiders pulled one back with just under eight minutes left on the game, through Annis, they ran out of time.
In a last-ditch attempt to narrow the gap, Raiders pulled netminder Matt Colclough with 40 seconds left but Chieftains scored from it to take the points.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Raiders host Bracknell Hornets, face off at Ryde Arena 6pm, before travelling to Invicta on Sunday. Both are league matches.