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ICE HOCKEY: Oxford dismiss Chelmsford in five-star show
10:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
ENGLISH NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION 2
OXFORD City Stars made it two wins from two league clashes after a 5-1 victory at Chelmsford Warriors.
Stars top the table having scored 17 goals in their dominant start to the season.
Alan Green, Jacob Smith, Sam Broughton, Josh Florey and Mike Whillock were on target on a successful trip to Essex.
Early on, Green hit the upright from the blue line and Ricky Young was also tested when Chelmsford went close.
Despite only facing five shots in the first period, Stars’ defencemen put in some great shot blocks and poke checks to kill off the attack.
Oxford’s pressure paid off with two goals in 27 seconds to give themselves a 2-0 lead at the first interval.
Firstly, Green found the target at the back post off a Sam Broughton pass.
Smith then scored with a great shot from the top of the right circle after being set up by Josh Oliver.
The visitors, however, struggled with their discipline, especially in the second period, where they conceded three minor penalties, including a brief spell of five on three.
Despite this, Stars again scored in a burst with two goals in two and a half minutes.
Broughton netted with a wonderful individual effort, before Florey put a goal away at the back post.
Chelmsford had the better of the end of the second period, after Stars lost some of their intensity.
The third period was tied one each after a Whillock goal for Stars and Ellis Swainsbury scoring for Chelmsford.
A physical period saw several roughing penalties for both teams, but overall the Stars had already done enough to seal the two points.
There was a moment of controversy where Warriors Daniel Staples appeared to head-butt Alan Green, but no penalty was given.
Stars will be delighted with the performance ahead of three big games against Peterborough, Wightlink and London Haringey.
The forward movement and passing was great for long periods, while Young made some fine saves.
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