On Sunday 7 December Kent Knights, the University of Kent ice hockey team, lost to the Imperial Devils 4-2. InQuire’s Newspaper Sport Editor, Fraser Whieldon, reports.

The game quickly gathered momentum as the players skated from end to end, tackling and swerving wildly as they went.

Imperial Devils’ Trent Allen scored first, making the game 1-0, leaving the Knights scrambling to equalise before the end of the first period.

However, this left them exposed at the back and Andrei Pissarenko took full advantage with a successful long shot, making the score 2 – 0 to the Imperial Devils.

Kent and Imperial fight for the puck

With two players being sent to the sin bin, one for a scuffle on the floor of the rink, the Knights were put under intense pressure. Things got worse for them when one of their players was knocked to the ground a few minutes into the second period and was forced to retire from the match.

It went from bad to worse as Imperial struck again through Guillaume Audenaert. But, Kent replied swiftly, with Niclas Eriksson scoring in the dying seconds of the second period. This made the score 3-1 to Imperial.

The final period got under way with both teams struggling with fatigue. The Imperial Devils soon scored again, before Kent Knights scored their second goal through Richard Smith, making the final score 4-2 to the visitors.

The Kent Knights go on the offensive but it was too little too late


Photographs courtesy of Adam J. Webb Photography