Ice-hockey: In-form Roberts wants to fire Streatham up the standings

Canadian sniper Alex Roberts is hoping to continue his scoring form and help lift Streatham up the National League South table, writes David Carr.

The 24-year-old reached the 20-goal landmark last weekend despite his team losing at second-placed Swindon and league leaders Peterborough.

“I set myself goals at the start of the season and obviously I’m pleased to be contributing offensively,” explained the British Columbia native, who is in his first season in the UK.

“I’ve still got some way to go and hopefully I can continue this into the final half of the season.”

Streatham looked to have turned a corner a fortnight ago with back-to-back home wins in SW16 over Basingstoke Bison and Invicta Dynamos, however the last two fixtures were always going to be a difficult proposition.

The RedHawks were on course to pick up points going into the final third at Swindon and Peterborough, but poor final periods saw the team emerge with nothing as they lost 7-3 and 5-2 respectively.

To make matters worse, general manager Graham D’Anger was hit by a stray puck on the bench and ended up with a heavily bruised eye.

“We’re now in a bit of a losing rut that we thought we snapped around Christmas time,” admitted top-scorer Roberts.

“We’re still playing hard and that’s great, I think we start games phenomenally, but when we concede it starts to spiral downwards. We just need to bare down on our chances and put teams away early on in the game when we have the momentum.

“At the back end, it’s the same. If we work from the back out we can surprise some people before the end of the season and give the play-offs a big shot.”

The only positive of the weekend was the return of defenseman Jordan Gregory, who had been missing all season with a shoulder injury.

He slotted in on a blue line that has been threadbare in recent weeks with coach Jeremy Cornish forced to ice just two lines at times and use forwards as defencemen.

Streatham travel to in-form Basingstoke Bison tomorrow before hosting Bracknell Bees in Streatham on Sunday.

Forward Josh Condren will play no part in either fixture after being ruled out with concussion.

The team have 14 more regular season games before the play-offs begin in March.


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