BBC Sport icehockey


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 10:02 GMT, Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:02 UK

Invicta Dynamos boss Parrish wants to intimidate Romford

Kevin Parrish
Parrish guided the Dynamos to seven league titles between 2002 and 2010

Invicta Dynamos coach Kevin Parrish wants to turn the Gillingham Ice Bowl into a 'fortress' for Sunday's English National Ice Hockey League cup match.

The Medway side, who face Romford Raiders, finished fourth in the ENIHL Division One South last season, ending a run of seven consecutive titles.

Parrish told BBC Radio Kent: "We want to turn our place back into a fortress.

"We want people to worry about coming to Invicta because of the noise. Last year, people weren't worried."

He added: "If we can get the fans singing from the start, it gives us a jump and we can give the fans the entertainment they deserve."

Romford are current ENIHL Division One South league leaders, and Parrish insisted that whilst he wants the fans to create a hostile atmosphere, he did not want his players to get carried away.

"We don't need to throw our gloves off left, right and centre and turn it into a fight-fest.

"Romford are high flying at the moment... they're scoring plenty of goals and not letting many in, it's going to be a test

Kevin Parrish

"We want to make the other team intimidated by putting the puck in the net. We want to intimidate them by looking sharp, looking fast and playing as a unit."

Romford have conceded just nine goals all season in the league, whilst the Invicta Dynamos are third, just two points behind.

And Parrish is aware that his side must be at their very best to get anything out of the game.

"Romford are high flying at the moment. They haven't dropped a point anywhere yet, and are scoring plenty of goals and not letting many in. It's going to be a test for us.

"If we play to our full potential, we've got a good squad there, it's just getting to that potential and getting to that consistency.

"We need to play for 60 minutes. Not 20, not 40, we need to play for 60 minutes. If we can get that, it should be a good game."

Print Sponsor