Streatham shut out Milton Keynes Thunder 5-0 in Brixton with a solid display that keeps them top of the form table in National Ice Hockey League South.
Aside from the long term injured Shaun Smith, Streatham were at full strength for the visit of a Milton Keynes side also icing a much larger squad in comparison to their last visit to South London.
The game got off to a great start for Streatham after only 27 seconds as Jakub Klima teed up Dom Hopkins and the big defenseman’s shot rebounded of MK goalie Jordan Hedley to Joe Johnston who had the simplest of tasks of tapping the puck into the empty net.
Seven minutes later and Streatham were 2-0 up as a long pass from Johnston found Klima all alone on the far blue line and he skated in on Hedley before firing the puck into the top corner of the net.
Streatham took complete control of the remainder of the period with only a tangling of Streatham’s Adam Mahoney and MK’s Jamie Randall on the boards breaking the momentum, for which both were sent to the penalty box.
The second period started in a similar vein to the first with Streatham getting an early goal, this time after just over a minute. Defenseman Dave Carr firing a loose puck from his own goal line after Sanderson had dropped the puck, off the boards to Michal Oravec who skated across the neutral zone and over the blue line before picking his spot with a sweet wrist shot into the far right hand corner of the net.
Streatham made it 4-0 just minutes later as Joe Allen finished a superb passing move by Johnston and Klima to the delight of the home support.
An ugly incident occurred shortly afterwards as Russell Stevens took exception to Thunder defenseman Jake Florey and received 2 minutes in the box for cross checking where he was joined by team mate Jamie McIlroy who had grabbed Thunder forward Martyn Snape in the resulting melee.
Streatham killed off the 5 on 3 power play with Sanderson in top form to deny Maksims Petruks and Greg Randall in quick succession.
The third period started with the Thunder upping the tempo and Streatham made life easier for the visitors with a string of minor penalties.
Sanderson was not to be beaten though and when he pulled off a fantastic save from Harrison Goode when the odds were stacked against him, the crowd could sense that he was on his way to his first shut out of the season and indeed the first Streatham shut out in three years.
Against the run of play, Klima scored his second of the night finishing at the far post after good work from Allen with only six minutes remaining.
With the game effectively won at 5-0 Streatham turned their attentions to preserving Sandersons shut out and Milton Keynes carved out a number of opportunities towards the end of the game but were denied time and time again by the Streatham goalie.
At the final buzzer Sanderson was mobbed by his team mates and Coach Warren Rost will have been delighted with the discipline Streatham showed to win 5-0.
Photos Rick Webb