Chelmsford Chieftains are Champions!

Chelmsford Chieftains Ice Hockey team lifted the trophy in the National Ice Hockey League Division 1 after back to back dominant displays in the knockouts.

 

Chieftains finished the regular season in second place behind Streatham IHC, with 20 wins from 28 games and finishing on 40 points, which secured themselves a 2-legged quarter final against Oxford City Stars.

Chieftains had too much firepower for Oxford in both legs of the quarter-finals, beating them 10-2 and 1-8 for a huge 18-3 win on aggregate, which set up a semi-final with Slough Jets at the iconic Alexandra Palace.

CommunityAd Exclusive - Chelmsford Chieftains are Champions! Slough Jets had also finished the regular season on 40 points, so a tough match was expected. Slough took an early lead in the semi-final, but Chelmsford drew level to finish the first period 1-1, before a flurry of goals from Grant Bartlett, T.J. Fillery, and Alan Lack brought the score to 4-1 in less than 60 seconds, sending the travelling Chieftains supporters wild. Sustained pressure from Chelmsford saw them continue to add to their tally, with Grant Bartlett scoring four goals, whilst netminder Jordan Lawday was “like a brick wall” to preventing the Slough Jets attack from closing the gap. 9-2 to Chelmsford was the final result, and they had booked their place in the final!

They returned to Alexandra Palace the next day to face Solent Devils in the final, who had overcome table-toppers Streatham in the semi-finals, and Chieftains picked up right where they left off, going 1-0 up after just 58 seconds through Grant Bartlett! The first period was a dominant display, as Solent faced 15 shots to Chelmsford’s 7, and being 2-0 up at the break.

The second period was a much closer affair as Solent Devils applied the pressure, but netminder Jordan Lawday was in outstanding form as he kept Devils to just 1 goal from 13 shots before Cameron Bartlett struck to restore Chieftains 2 goal lead and go into the break 3-1 up.

The final period couldn’t have started better, as Cameron Bartlett fired in his second goal of the game after just 16 seconds. Devils had a breakaway chance but 1 on 1 with Jordan Lawday, but the Chieftain netminder once again thwarted the attack. As the Chieftains fans chanted “Lawday, Lawday, Lawday” and Devils players were looking subdued. Grant Bartlett went on to complete his hat-trick, and put Chelmsford Chieftain’s 6-1 up as the final buzzer went and they were crowned Champions!

Head coach Lewis Clifford praised the team saying “I am so incredibly proud of each and every player on the team, the way they battled, sacrificed and put the teams goals ahead of their own all through the playoffs, and now they can all have a nice rest and spend the summer as play off champions.” He also thanked everyone who came to support the team: “the noise coming from that block for 2 games was absolutely phenomenal… Anytime there was a lull in energy or we needed a little boost over the weekend we just had to look over our shoulders and see the wall of black and gold and it pushed the boys up the hill. Thank you all so much for your support, we can’t do what we do without you doing what you do.”

 

Chelmsford Chieftains play their home games at Riverside Leisure Centre, and the 2024/25 season will begin in September.

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