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CHIEFTAINS SECURE PLAY-OFF SPOT

February 25, 2019

Chieftains travelled to Basingstoke on Saturday and came away with 12-2 victory over the Buffalo.

On Sunday, a solid team performance, a 7-1 victory over the Hornets and a maximum 4 points tally over the weekend secured the Chelmsford Chieftains play-off place.
The Chieftains demonstrated their intentions from the off and were unlucky not to open the scoring early doors when a shot from Grant Bartlett hit the post, an early warning for the travelling Hornets. But just 1:46 into the game a pass from Ross Brears found Swedish forward David Miller. His fierce slapshot from the tightest of angles beat Mark Duffy in the Hornets net to open the scoring. Three minutes later and Duffy was picking the puck from the back of the net as Chieftains doubled their lead, Cameron Bartlett the goalscorer.
9:04 on the clock and this time it was Millner’s turn to act as provider as his pass to Brears was finished in style by the Chelmsford Captain. Brear’s stick-handling a delight to watch as he danced past the Hornets defence to strike the puck sweetly low into the net.
Just six seconds from the end of the first period the goal lamp was lit again, the Bartlett twins breaking free from the chasing defence. Cameron’s perfectly weighted pass to Grant left him with just Duffy to beat. He faked one way and slid the puck through the legs of the goalminder to give Chieftains a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period Chieftains continued to press but at the half-hour mark some sloppy defensive allowed Ben Ealey-Newman a clear shot on goal and his shot at close range gave Sonny Phillips little chance of preserving his shut-out, making it 4-1.
Less than a minute later a shot from the blue line by Chieftains defenceman Gary Brown found it’s way through the crowded Hornets defence and Duffy to restore the four-goal lead at 32:24.
33:33 and Chieftains had one hand on victory as Brears was again on target, the Millner Brear’s partnership causing the Hornets big problems all evening.
With five minutes remaining Brown received the Chieftains first penalty of the evening, two minutes for tripping. The Hornets tried to take advantage of the extra man only for the puck to be intercepted by Briers who sealed a well earned 7-1 win with a short-handed goal to complete his hat-trick.
Second place Chieftains have a couple of weeks rest now before facing third places Solent Devils in a back-to-back weekend. Away at Solent on March 16th and at home at Lee Valley on March 17th.
 

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