Streatham Redskins forward Jakub Klima was delighted with a perfect performance after his four goals and two assists consigned Oxford City Stars to a 6-0 thrashing on Saturday.
One goal in the first and third period plus two in the second were joined by strikes from Dom Hopkins and Robbie Brown as Streatham proved the gulf in class between the teams and reversed their recent fortunes.
It was a first league win in three for Redskins, who remain in third place, while defeat for relegation-threatened Oxford ended their run of two successive wins.
“I wouldn’t score four goals and get two assists without my team-mates,” said Klima.
“My team-mates knows what I do, so they try to look for me on the blue line. The whole team played very well.
“I don’t have any goal targets, I just want to help the team as much as I can.”
Klima opened the scoring in the first period with a strike from range, before forming an expert diverging run to allow Hopkins to get the second on the counter.
A scrambled goal from Klima made it game over, and he completed his hat-trick with a composed finish after collecting a fine pass from captain Joe Johnston.
Brown’s long-distance strike made it five and the rout was completed when Klima finished off another counter-attack.
Klima was pleased with his team-mates’ vision for the counter-attacks and with the bonus of a first clean sheet of the season.
“I hope Adam Marashi is going to buy some beer because he got a shutout and played very well,” he said.
“We didn’t give them too many chances or spaces on the ice. We controlled all the ice in the whole 60 minutes.”
The win was the perfect antidote for the heartbreak of last week, when Streatham were knocked out the cup on penalties to the league’s top side Chelmsford Chieftains.
But with three games left of the season they are already assured a play-off place and Klima relished the challenge ahead, no matter who they have to play.
“We don’t care who we play against,” he said.
“If you want to win the play-offs you have to win against anyone so it doesn’t matter.
“I think we can beat Chelmsford if we play how our coach wants us to play.
“We beat them twice a few weeks ago, home and away so why not beat them again?”
Picture courtesy of Rick Webb, with thanks