Mustangs 4 Slough Jets 3


The Invicta Mustangs played their first home game of the season against Slough Jets on Saturday. In front of a massive crowd, the Mustangs whose average age is just 19 years took to the ice for the first time at home, supported by Katie Bell and Brandon Boswell from the under 9’s Invicta Buckaroo’s who were today’s mascots. Proudly wearing their new shirts sponsored by The Lettings Centre the team were ready for action.

The first period started and the action was end to end from the start but it was Slough who found the net first to take the lead. Slough then scored a shorthanded goal to take a 2-0 lead into the first break. The second period got underway and unfortunately it was Slough who scored again to make it 3-0. The Mustangs dug deep and had been unlucky not to get on the scoreboard already, when speedy winger Jake Luton raced down the ice with the puck, over the blue line and unleashed a rocket shot straight past the Slough netminder to take the game to 3-1 and give the crowd reason to cheer. 10 minutes later after a face off in Slough’s end, the puck went to D man Danny Terry who shot hard and low. The puck took a deflection from Aaron Ferris’ stick and straight into the goal. 3-2 and the never say die attitude of the Mustangs was beginning to show.

The 3rd period started with fans wondering if the Mustangs young legs could go the distance. End to end play with chances to both teams but no one able to get the next goal. With 6 minutes 40 left on the clock, the Mustangs youngest forward line battled hard in front of the Slough goal and Jake Stedman slotted the lose puck home to tie the game at 3. With the clock ticking down the atmosphere was building amongst the Mustangs home crowd and with 5 minutes to go Slough took a penalty and the Mustangs had a man advantage. Captain Michael Stokes calmly took the puck behind the Slough net and passed to James Laming who was standing straight in front of goal and took a perfect one timer shot straight between the netminders legs to send the home crowd wild and give the Mustangs a 4-3 lead!

The remaining 4 minutes were tense as the clock wound down. Slough pulled their netminder for the extra skater but to no avail as Jussi Lynch-Grut in the Mustangs goal saved all the shots that came in and the defence were clearing up any loose pucks in the Invicta zone.

The game eventually finished and the Mustangs picked up their first win of the season to cheers and applause from the crowd, who were already looking forward to the next home game against Haringey on the 10th October.