The Division Two Raiders suffered late heartbreak against Bristol in their first home match of the season at Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre in Romford.
They looked set to bank a point, following their opening-day win at Invicta, as the match entered the final minute, but Pitbulls snatched a winner with just 11 seconds left on the clock.
Neither side could find a way to goal in the opening period, as Brad Windebank and Ross Miller held firm in their respective nets, making 10 and 13 saves.
Raiders lost Brandon Webster on a 2+10 penalty for boarding in the fifth minute, but could not capitalise on a four-minute power play when David Manning was called for slashing and cross-checking.
A late-hit penalty against Richard Hargreaves also went unpunished, as well as a bench minor for having too many men on the ice, but Raiders broke the deadlock in the 28th minute through Tommy Huggett.
Jordan Jefferies levelled, though, four minutes later and took a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal from Steve Osman early in the final period, after Manning was given a double minor for checking to the head.
Matt Brown got Raiders back on terms with just over 10 minutes left and Kamil Kinkor netted on a power play after Jack Hayes was called for holding to put the home side 3-2 up.
But Osman got his second and Bristol’s third, before Olly Shone struck their late, late winner.
Report courtesy of the Romford Recorder