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Weekend Preview - Week 23

posted 22 Feb 2018, 05:52 by john slater

For the twenty-third weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees take on the Milton Keynes Thunder and Basingstoke Bison in NIHL Division 1 South league matches.   The action gets underway on Saturday 24th February as the Bees make the trip to Milton Keynes for a 7pm face-off before returning to The Hive on Sunday to face their local rivals and league leading Basingstoke Bison.

Saturday will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between the Thunder and the Bees with the Bracknell side looking to complete a four game series sweep of wins.   The last time the two sides met however was at The Hive in late January where the Thunder pushed the Bees all the way to a penalty shoot out.   The Thunder defeated the Invicta Dynamos last weekend to pick up their second win in their last twelve games.   They should not however be underestimated on their home ice.


On Sunday the Bees face their local M3 rivals the Basingstoke Bison at The Hive.   Again this will be the last regular season meeting of the two sides.    The Hampshire side have won all three league meetings between the teams so far this season, including last weekend in Basingstoke and are sitting up of the league table undefeated in nine games and with only one last in their last fourteen games (in all competitions).   The Bees did pick up a win and an overtime point against the Bison in the National Cup earlier in the season and for the most part games between the sides have been close and keenly contested.  Having lost both games last weekend the Bees will be looking to get some points on the board in their battle for fourth place in the league.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the Basingstoke Bison fans to The Hive and with that in mind we have some key points for new visiting fans to please note for Bees games:

  • There is an “away” section in Block 2 downstairs where away fans tend to congregate and sit together however you are welcome to purchase tickets through the rink reception on the match night or by calling 01344 789000 for seats in the upper balcony area.   You will need to specify at the time of purchase. 
  • Most of the balcony blocks have a large amount of season ticket seats within them that are already reserved so please be aware of this when taking your seat, if you are sitting in a season ticket holder seat without the ticket for that seat you will be asked to move to the correct seat. 
  •  It should be noted too, that due to the license held by the rink, that although alcohol is sold in The Bees Knees bar it can only be taken out to the seated balcony area and is not permitted downstairs within the rink at all. 
  • The rink is also a no smoking building so you will need to leave by the front door during period breaks if you wish to smoke and you will need your ticket to regain entry.   
  • The other general rink rules such as no flash photography, waiting for a break in play before moving around the rink, no foul or abusive language etc.… are, as with all rinks, also in place. 
  • Our Supporters Club run a merchandise stall in the main foyer and in the club shop at the front of the rink.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights

A reminder to all that the Bracknell Bees will not tolerate any type of discrimination, verbal abuse or disruptive behaviour from people attending the Hive.   The NIHL ice hockey family is an inclusive one, adhering to EIHA Policy. Regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody is welcome at the Hive and entitled to feel safe and included.   If you see or experience any such behaviour, please immediately draw it to the attention of the nearest rink steward or security guard. Thank you!

Wildcats away fixture change announcement

posted 21 Feb 2018, 21:57 by john slater   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 22:59 by John Slater ]


The Bracknell Bees today are announcing a necessary away game fixture change that they have been requested by the league and the Swindon Wildcats to assist in making.

The Bees were originally scheduled to travel to Swindon to face the Wildcats in NIHL South Divison 1 league action on Saturday 10th March (6.15pm faceoff) but will now, instead, make the trip for the game a week earlier on Saturday 3rd March (6.15pm faceoff).

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to Bracknell Bees fans that had planned to travel but the changes were unfortunately necessary.  

Match report: Bracknell Bees 2 - 6 Peterborough Phantoms

posted 20 Feb 2018, 08:58 by john slater

Match report by Ashley Willitt

It was an incredibly cold evening at the Hive on Sunday as Bracknell took on league-lead-tying Peterborough Phantoms.

Alex Mettam once again took the start in the net, with Euan King in the opposing goal. Refereeing the tie was Blaine Evans, with Flynn Sitch-Cunningham and Andrew Strain on the lines.

Within the first few minutes, the Bees were the livelier of the two sides. Carl Thompson coming close on several occasions as the plucky forward made King work early on. A slash on Frankie Bakrlik by Nathan Pollard saw the big Czech forward grab the Peterborough man by the helmet and the two sat for 2 minutes. While 4-on-4 the Phantoms got the first goal of the night through Will Weldon. The Bees just couldn't string two passes together to get any momentum and with 6 minutes remaining of the period, the Phantoms doubled their lead with a scruffy play in front of goal that went through Mettam too easily. Just a minute later and Leigh Jamieson got the visitors a third goal with a very well worked play moving the Bees defence all over the place and finished off with style.

The second period was not much better for the home side. Mettam doing his damnedest to keep out the Phantoms, saving well from Ales Padelek and Pollard. The latter also having a good breakaway chance that was well broken up by Danny Ingoldsby, back checking well to prevent a chance on goal. Peterborough got their fourth goal on a 5-on-3 power-play just before the 35th minute with an absolute rocket of a shot giving Mettam absolutely no chance. The fifth goal was almost inevitable and Nathan Salem picked it up just minutes later with a shot across goal that deflected in off of Harvey Stead who could do little about it.

The third period play from the Bees was just as cold as the temperature in the rink. Not helped by a dubious call from the referee against Bakrlik, where it looked like the Peterborough player threw himself to the ice. Kindly re-enacted by Mettam jumping and sliding on his front. Billing struck the final nail in the Bees coffin on 44 minutes bringing the score to 6-0. Luke Jackson has had very little ice time of late, but his late addition to the game seemed to spark a little life back into the Bees, his slap shot from the blue-line causing issues in front of net for the defence and King. With the clock ticking down and murmurs of 'shut-out' amongst the traveling fans, Bracknell finally got on the board with James Galazzi crashing the net and finding Jan Bendik to tuck home an aggressive goal. Miraculously a second goal for the Bees was just moments behind, Captain Matt Foord firing a bullet of a shot from way out and beating King through a screen of players.

6-2 the final score in a cold, cold night in Bracknell that most of those in attendance will not want to remember for a long time. A very disappointing display from a Bracknell team that in recent weeks had seemed to turned around their performances, fortunes and results. Let’s hope they find a spark of life to see out the remaining regular season games on a high.

Match stats
Period Scores: 0-3; 0-2; 2-1
Bees scorers: Foord & Bendik 1+0; Galazzi, Ingoldsby, Bakrlik & Martin 0+1
Phantoms scorers: Weldon 1+2; Norton, Jamieson & Salem 1+1; Billing & Griffiths 1+0; Pliskauskas, J.Ferrara, Romeo & Padelek 0+1
Bees PIMS: 35 (Spearing 27; Bakrlik 8)
Phantoms PIMS: 6 (Jamieson, J.Ferrara & Pollard 2)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 36 (11, 15, 10)
Shots on Phantoms (King): 25 (9, 4, 12)

Match report: Basingstoke Bison 5 - 2 Bracknell Bees

posted 20 Feb 2018, 08:58 by john slater

Match report by Ashley Willitt

On Saturday night the Bees faced off against local rivals and league topping Basingstoke Bison. Missing Josh Tetlow, who was in action with the Nottingham Panthers, the Bees added Josh Ealey-Newman to the ranks.  

In goal for the Bees was Alex Mettam, while Dean Skinns took position between the pipes for the Bison.

The Bees were the better of the two sides from the off, with Ben Ealey-Newman and Danny Ingoldsby causing trouble around the net and bringing the first saves from Skinns. With just over 3 minutes on the clock the Bees got the first goal of the night through a pass from behind the goal line from Frankie Bakrlik to Carl Thompson, whose shot/pass was tipped in front by Josh Martin and past Skinns. For the next few minutes the Bees soaked up Basingstoke pressure. With a hard pass from Shaun Thompson, it was tipped and flew just over the bar by Bakrlik. The Bison had a few good chances of their own with Grant Rounding striking the bar with a great effort. The visitors doubled their lead with 8 minutes remaining after Bakrlik received a stretch pass and, while being fouled, managed to out-manoeuvre Skinns and slip the puck home from a narrow angle. Just 2 minutes later and the Bison pulled back a goal through Ryan Sutton against the run of play. Before the period was out the Bison got their first power-play after Vanya Antonov went down very easily from a challenge from Matt Foord.

With nothing coming from the power-play the Bees once again attacked the Bison net freely into the second period. With another power-play against them killed, Bracknells defence covered former Bee Antonov not allowing him any freedom. Harvey Stead showing a cool head clearing up after Antonov looked odds on to get to a loose puck first and with the Bison forward spilling unceremoniously into the boards.

It was the third period that proved to be the undoing of the Bees. Within the first minute of the game and in less than 30 seconds, the Bison had turned a 1 goal deficit into a 1 goal lead. With goals from Sutton and Tomas Karpov the Bison stepped up a gear, where-as the Bees went into self-destruct. A fourth goal for the Bison on 42 minutes by Roman Malinik lead to a succession of Bees penalties as the visitors lost their heads and failed to rally back into the game. With Mettam doing his best to keep his team in it, Skinns in the Bison net had very little to do, facing just 3 shots in the final period. With just under 2 minutes to play Bracknell pulled Mettam but were unable to gain any advantage with the extra man. Despite a last ditch save by Stead on the empty net, the Bison eventually got their fifth through Rounding.

5-2 it ended with a very poor final period for the Bees, whose discipline let them down against a very well drilled and determined Basingstoke team.

Match stats
Period Scores: 1-2; 0-0; 4-0
Bison scorers: Sutton 2+1; Rounding 1+2; Malinik 1+1; Karpov 1+0; Antonov 0+2; Reynolds 0+1
Bees scorers: Bakrlik 1+1; Martin 1+0; C.Thompson & S.Thompson 0+1
Bison PIMS: 12 (Baird 12)
Bees PIMS: 32 (Spearing 12; Ingoldsby 10; Galazzi, Foord, Mettam, Stead & Martin 2)
Shots on Bison (Skinns): 18 (9, 6, 3)
Shots on Bees (Mettam & Empty Net): 40 (11, 12, 17) & 2 (0, 0, 2)

Bees v Peterborough Phantoms (Sun 18th Feb) Match night info

posted 18 Feb 2018, 01:06 by john slater

We look forward to welcoming you all to The Hive this coming Sunday for the Bracknell Bees 2017-18 nineteenth regular season home game - a NIHL South Division 1 league clash, this time versus the Peterborough Phantoms.

To keep you all up to date and help you enjoy the evening below is all of the information & highlights:

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

Wrap up warm!
As an advisory to all fans attending the game on Sunday evening at The Hive v Peterborough Phantoms - please be aware that there is an issue with the rink heating and unfortunately therefore the rink will be a lot colder than usual.   Please ensure that you wrap up warm for the game.   There may also be issues with the serving of food in the hospitality area of the rink.

Chow down on some top BBQ food pre-match
Remember that our sponsors Blues Smokehouse is only two miles from the The Hive so why not visit them before the game!  Check out their extensive menu of cracking food with a great atmosphere – a real favourite with Bees fans and player alike!  Visit their website www.bluessmokehouse.co.uk for more on their menu.   If you visit Blues pre-game remember to wear your Bees or Phantoms jersey with pride as it will entitle you to a Free Match Day Starter Platter (featuring Gator Eggs, Cheesy Poppers, Kickin’ Wings & Jalapeno Torpedos)!

Tonight’s Match Sponsor - New sponsor welcomed aboard
At this Sundays home game vs the Peterborough Phantoms we welcome Elsburys Ltd as match night sponsor.   As a long time partner and sponsor we thank them for their continued support and sponsorship!

Face Off Time
We are all set for a 6pm face off with doors opening at 5pm.   Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time and are in your seat for the pre-game build-up!

Bracknell Ice Hockey Club (BIHC) Junior game
Before the Bees home regular season game vs Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday the U13's Buzz will be in action at The Hive taking on Haringey at 3.25pm.   Why not pop along early and cheer them on before the Bees match!

Tickets prices
Adult ticket (over 21yrs old) – £12.50
Concession ticket (over 60’s) – £9
Disabled Supporters ticket (including a FREE helper ticket) – £9
Young Adults (aged 17-21) and Students (with a valid NUS card) – £9
Junior (5yrs – 17yrs) – £5
Junior (under 5yrs) – FREE
Family ticket also available – visit www.bracknellbeesihc.com/tickets for full details.

Merchandise
We are pleased to announce that the Supporters Club, as well as manning their merchandise desk in the foyer on match nights, will now be present in the old rink shop before Bracknell Bees home games (usually opening from apporx 4pm).   As well as replica jerseys, inlcuding the new Gold alternate Bees jerseys, the Supporters Club also stocks plenty of Bracknell Bees memorabilia and clothing including some 30th Anniversary items.   Make sure you pop along and check them out!  There are also a large number of new and unique items so grab them whilst they last! 

50/50 Cash Prize Draw
Make sure that you see one of our ticket sellers around the rink and bar to purchase your ticket, priced at £1 each – YOU NEED TO BEE IN IT TO WIN IT!   For each ticket purchased 50% goes to the prize fund and 50% goes straight into the club for further investment and support of the team so the more tickets you buy the bigger the prize!

50/50 Raffle ticket sellers can be found in the foyer, in the Bees Knees Bar and walking around the rink.   You can also purchase tickets at the Bracknell Bees Supporters Club merchandise desk.

Shirt Off A Players Back
The ever popular Shirt Off A Players Back raffle returns this week and this week you have the chance to win Bees forward Frantisek Bakrlik's shirt, straight from his back and the end of the game.   The lucky winner will be presented the shirt on-ice post-game and have their photo taken as the shirt is handed over.  Shirt Off A Back can be found in the foyer, in the Bees Knees Bar and walking around the rink.   You can also purchase tickets at the Bracknell Bees Supporters Club merchandise desk.

Blues Smokehouse Sponsored Chuck-a-Puck and Chuck-a-Duck
The Bracknell Bees Chuck-a-Puck and Chuck-a-Duck weekly events will now be sponsored by Blues Smokehouse and they will include prizes from Blues in the prize package for the winners of each event at Bees home games so don’t forget to purchase yours, priced at £1 each, to take part in the second period interval fun with a chance to win!

The Bracknell Bees Official Match Night programme – The Buzz!
The Bees official match night programme, compiled and edited for us by our media partners Usual Suspects Media, will be available still priced at £2.50 and packed with match reports, interesting articles, team information etc…– pick up your copy from the Bracknell Bees Supporters Club merchandise desk.   This weeks programme also includes a special Blues Smokehouse Voucher, so make sure to grab your copy!

Post-game signing table
The post-game player signing table returns this week so why not bring those jerseys, programmes etc.. along and get them signed.   This is a weekly event so please check our social media and programme each week to see who will be manning the signing table after each game.   On the signing table, downstairs under block 4, Sunday post-game will be Frantisek Bakrlik, Callum Best & James Galazzi!

Live Game Stream
If you cannot make the game then fear not -
this Sunday evenings home National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) Division 1 South league game versus Peterborough Phantoms (face-off 6pm) will be streamed Live from The Hive with the help of several of our media partners.    You can purchase your stream ticket at the following direct link HERE

Weekend Preview - Week 22

posted 15 Feb 2018, 13:29 by john slater

For the twenty-second weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees take on the Basingstoke Bison and Peterborough Phantoms, in NIHL Division 1 South league matches.   The action gets underway on Saturday 17th February as the Bees make the short trip along the M3 to Basingstoke to face the their local rivals the Bison (6.30pm face-off) before heading back to The Hive on Sunday to face the Peterborough Phantoms (6pm face-off.

Saturday sees the Bees head to Basingstoke to face the league leading Bison for the last time this regular season.   In the six previous league and cup meetings so far this season the Bison have won five of the matches but the Bees did pick up a road win in Basingstoke in late September.   The sides last met in early January at The Hive where the Bison rna out winners by the odd goal in five.   Sitting top of the league table and having lost only one game in their last twelve the Bison will certainly prove a tough test for the Bees and with so many players having played for both teams over time there will be more than just local bragging rights up for grabs!

The Peterborough Phantoms are the visitors to The Hive on Sunday when they visit for the fourth and final regular season game between the two sides.   The Cambridgeshire side have won the three previous encounters between the sides but were pushed all the way by the Bees when the sides met last weekend - the Phantoms needing overtime and penalty shots to overcome the Berkshire side.   The Phantoms sit second in the league, tied on points with league leaders Basingstoke Bison.   Having lost only one of their last eight league games, ironically against the Bees opponents this Saturday the Basingstoke Bison.   Tthe Phantoms are also sure to prove a tough opposition for the Bees as Bees and Phantoms fans will also be aware that the Peterborough side have been somewhat of a bogey team for the Bees over the last few seasons with the Bracknell side only managing a couple of wins over the Phantoms in that time.   The Bees will however be buoyed by last weekends performace in Peterborough and will be looking for more of the same this Sunday at The Hive!


IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the Peterborough Phantoms fans to The Hive and with that in mind we have some key points for new visiting fans to please note for Bees games:

  • There is an “away” section in Block 2 downstairs where away fans tend to congregate and sit together however you are welcome to purchase tickets through the rink reception on the match night or by calling 01344 789000 for seats in the upper balcony area.   You will need to specify at the time of purchase. 
  • Most of the balcony blocks have a large amount of season ticket seats within them that are already reserved so please be aware of this when taking your seat, if you are sitting in a season ticket holder seat without the ticket for that seat you will be asked to move to the correct seat. 
  •  It should be noted too, that due to the license held by the rink, that although alcohol is sold in The Bees Knees bar it can only be taken out to the seated balcony area and is not permitted downstairs within the rink at all. 
  • The rink is also a no smoking building so you will need to leave by the front door during period breaks if you wish to smoke and you will need your ticket to regain entry.   
  • The other general rink rules such as no flash photography, waiting for a break in play before moving around the rink, no foul or abusive language etc.… are, as with all rinks, also in place. 
  • Our Supporters Club run a merchandise stall in the main foyer and in the club shop at the front of the rink.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights

A reminder to all that the Bracknell Bees will not tolerate any type of discrimination, verbal abuse or disruptive behaviour from people attending the Hive.   The NIHL ice hockey family is an inclusive one, adhering to EIHA Policy. Regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody is welcome at the Hive and entitled to feel safe and included.   If you see or experience any such behaviour, please immediately draw it to the attention of the nearest rink steward or security guard. Thank you!

National League proud to unveil details for 'Final Four' weekend in Coventry

posted 15 Feb 2018, 06:12 by john slater

The National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) are pleased to confirm details for the 2017/18 season finale, the NIHL Final Four.

This event takes place at Coventry’s Skydome Arena on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 7/8 April and will decide the league’s first National champion.

Following a three-week playoff campaign in the NIHL North and South featuring the top eight sides in each division, the respective playoff finalists will head to Coventry to contest the Final Four weekend.

Saturday’s schedule will see the NIHL North 1 playoff champions take on the South 1 playoff runners up in the first semi final  at 1300 before the reverse fixture, NIHL South 1 playoff champion versus North 1 runners up completes the lineup at 1700.

On Sunday the first game at 1230 is an NIHL 2 Championship game between the League winners of Laidler (North 2) and Wilkinson (South 2) divisions.  This is followed by the NIHL Final Four ‘Grand Final’ at 1630 with the winners being crowned National champion.

Tickets for the Final Four weekend will be on sale exclusively from the Skydome box office from 10am on Monday February 26th and are priced at £38 for adults and £20 for concessions.

The Skydome box office is 02476 630693 (Option 0).  A link for online purchases will be available in advance of tickets going on sale.
Enquiries for hospitality boxes should be sent to media@eiha.co.uk in the first instance.

Ticket sales will initially be staggered using the following schedule:

Monday February 26th - 10am

Cardiff Fire - Block 15
MK Thunder - Block 15
Swindon Wildcats - Block 13

Monday February 26th - 2pm
Invicta Dynamos - Block 10
London Raiders - Block 11
Streatham IHC - Block 11

Tuesday February 27th - 10am
Bracknell Bees - Block 12
Peterborough Phantoms - Block 14
Nottingham Lions - Block 6

Tuesday February 27th - 2pm
Basingstoke Bison - Block 9
Billingham Stars - Block 1
The Dragons - Block 6
Solihull Barons - Block 1

Wednesday February 28th - 10am
Blackburn Hawks - Block 2
Sheffield Steeldogs - Block 4
Telford Tigers - Block 5

Wednesday February 28th - 2pm
Hull Pirates - Block 3
Solway Sharks - Block 2
Whitley Warriors - Block 7

League manager Richard Carpenter said: “The NIHL Final Four is set to be a fitting conclusion to the season, with the best four NIHL 1 playoff sides battling out for our first true National title.  The NIHL 2 championship game is a great addition to the programme and another intriguing North v South battle.

“We’re grateful to Planet Ice for their help in making the arrangements and I’m sure supporters will agree the tickets are priced very well for four competitive fixtures with the very best NIHL sides on show.

“The NIHL Four is the first of three showpiece events taking place, as we will be confirming NIHL 2 playoff details tomorrow.”

#oneNIHL #NIHLFinalFour #NIHLChampionshipSeries

Sundays home game v Peterborough Phantoms to be streamed Live from The Hive!

posted 14 Feb 2018, 06:55 by john slater

The Bracknell Bees are pleased to announce that this Sunday evenings home National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) Division 1 South league game versus Peterborough Phantoms (face-off 6pm) will be streamed Live from The Hive with the help of several of our media partners.   Given that the two sides faced each other only last weekend in Peterborough with the Phantoms taking a 3-2 penalty shoot out win we are hoping for another great game between the sides this Sunday!

Club partner Daniel Elkington Photography will be provided the filming services and John Slater, the clubs Media Manager, will be providing the live match commentary.  We are hoping to have guest commentator(s) join John where possible also.  

Last season the Bees streamed a large number of home games Live from The Hive to great success and have also streamed five other 2017-18 NIHL Div1 South games already this season.  The club has received a lot of positive feedback from fans and are delighted to be able to now provide this great service and experience to the fans once again. 

The addition of the live streaming service allows the Bees to gain an additional revenue stream, as over half the price of each stream ticket goes directly back to the club to reinvest. Every game pass purchased means money raised for the Bracknell Bees so if people fancy catching a live game if they are unable to make their teams visit to the Bees or cannot make it along to The Hive for any reason their support will still help the Bees!  

We of course still ask everyone to attend the game in person where possible and cheer on the team as their support is needed by both the players and the club! 

The live stream will be hosted by our partners at Ice Hockey Live UK and you can read more about them and find more information on the stream for this Saturdays game at the Ice Hockey Live UK website www.icehockeylive.co.uk

You can purchase your stream ticket at the following direct link HERE

Match report: Bracknell Bees 5 - 3 Swindon Wildcats

posted 12 Feb 2018, 22:26 by john slater

Match report by Ashley Willitt

In a busy Hive, a decent crowd got to see another good match up between these local rivals. Buoyed by their performance the previous night against the Peterborough Phantoms, the Bees looked to continue their form and stabilize their position in the league.


Alex Mettam took position in goal for the Bees, while Renny Marr was the number one choice for Swindon. The Bees went into the game without Callum Best and the Wildcats were Missing Captain Jan Kostal


Swindon had the better of the early possession and pressure and called Mettam into action on several occasions. But Bracknell, through the returning Frankie Bakrlik, brought a big save out of Marr. It was one of just 3 saves Marr had to make in a period that saw little goalmouth action for either side. Despite that, it was Bracknell who struck first through Shaun Thompson after he, Alex Barker and Jan Bendik combined for a beautifully worked, one touch pass, tic-tac-toe goal. With more shots on, goal Swindon looked dangerous on the attack, but rarely troubled Mettam with not a lot going anywhere other than into his body.


The Bees ramped up the pressure in the second period and it wasn't long before Josh Martin was bursting through the Cats defence, stick handling well and bringing out a save from Marr. There were several hairy moments for Bracknell with pucks squirming around the net and through the crease. Edgars Bebris missing a couple of golden opportunities but Mettam was on hand to deny him with wonderful agility. Bebris did manage to help tie game on the half hour mark, setting up Phil Hill with a beauty of a deflection from a pass in front of goal. Bebris missed another chance moments later with a wrap around attempt, but couldn't squeeze it to anywhere other than Mettam's pad. Swindon were clearly motivated by their goal and sent wave after wave to Mettam's goal, but the Bees goalie stood firm and made save after save. After soaking up all this pressure, Carl Thompson sent a long puck forward to Bakrlik who beat his covering defenceman and shot hard and low beating Marr to make it 2-1. Danny Ingoldsby and Ben Ealy-Newman worked well together moments later and brought a good save out of Marr.


Into the final period and the Bees turned up the heat on the Wildcats. Bakrlik having a good wrap around effort of his own stuffed by Marr. Swindon got the equaliser just minutes into the period on a delayed penalty after a burst of pace by Luc Johnson left him clear to take on Bendik and he beat Mettam, making it 2-2 against the early run of play. Swindon thought they had a third moments later, but the goal was disallowed due to being redirected in from a high stick. Shaun Thompson had a chance to restore the Bees lead with a breakaway chance, but was forced wide by Marr. The Bees did get the lead back through Alex Barker with an absolute rocket of a shot, all alone in between the face off circles beating Marr to his left. The lead was doubled just 3 minutes later through captain Matt Foord, entering the Cats zone unchallenged. With Bakrlik to his left and covered by the defencemen, Foord took the shot himself and beat Marr low down. With the clock running down Swindon pulled Marr to give themselves an extra skater. Into the last minute and the gamble paid off with a deflected shot from Max Birbraer bringing the game back to within one goal. A Jan Bendik effort on the empty goal went close, but with just seconds left on the clock, James Galazzi got to a loose puck first and was able to stride down the ice unchallenged to tap the puck home, restoring the Bees 2 goal lead and ensuring a Bracknell victory.


5-3 it finished in a great weekend for the Bees. Its what the team needed after a long period of poor performances and bad results. Hopefully this helps propel them on for the run in before the playoffs start and before another trick weekend against the Phantoms and Bison next week.

Match stats
Period Scores: 1-0; 1-1; 3-2
Bees scorers: S.Thompson & Barker 1+1; Galazzi, Foord & Bakrlik 1+0; Bendik 0+3; C.Thompson 0+1
Wildcats scorers: Hill 1+1; Johnson & Birbraer 1+0; Taylor 0+3; Nell & Bebris 0+1
Bees PIMS: 8 (Galazzi 4, Spearing & Bakrlik 2)
Wildcats PIMS: 6 (Johnson, Godfrey & Hazeldine 2)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 32 (11, 14, 7)
Shots on Wildcats (Marr & Empty Net): 19 (3, 9, 7) & 1 (0, 0, 1)

Match report: Peterborough Phantoms 3 - 2 Bracknell Bees (After OT & Pens)

posted 12 Feb 2018, 22:24 by john slater

Match report by Ashley Willitt

Saturday night saw the Bees head up to the Fens to take on high flying Peterborough Phantoms. With Frankie Bakrlik suspended the Bees welcomed back Callum Best to the line-up. In goal for the Bees was Alex Mettam, where-as Euan King took up position between the pipes for Peterborough.


Refereeing the game was William Hewitt, ably assisted by Jason Earl and Mariusz Kowal.


Shaun Thompson had a chance early on in the first period after good work by Alex Barker and Josh Martin taking on the defence, but while taking his shot his stick shattered from a defensive check. The Bees pressed high up the ice and kept pressure on the Phantoms defence at every opportunity. Thompson and Barker combined well again with the former setting up the latter with a lovely dropped pass but was denied by King. The game progressed fairly evenly for both teams but with the visitors with more zone time, mostly due to their aggressive forecheck.

The second period saw both teams pick up their games yet further, with each goalie being called into action early on. Following a scramble in front of the Peterborough net, Josh Martin got checked to the ice, yet picked up a penalty in one of several unusual calls by the officials. The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes through Alex Barker while on the powerplay with a soft shot that snuck its way under King, but it was nothing other than the Bees deserved. Half way through the period and Mettam was called into action with several big saves to maintain the Bees lead. While Mettam was stopping everything coming his way, King and the Phantoms defence were preventing the Bracknell forwards getting through. With 3 and a half minutes left on the clock the home team drew level through Nathan Pollard after Mettam had made an initial save from Darius Pliskauskas and the rebound was tapped in.


Into the third and the Phantoms attacked from the off. But following a big pad save from Mettam, the Bees went up the other end of the ice with Shaun Thompson who slotted home a beauty of a shot in the top corner, giving King no chance. Both Danny Ingoldsby and Callum Best had great chances but King was equal to them. As ever, Carl Thompson worked ridiculously hard all night, back-checking, skating hard and challenging for every puck. His work ethic was clearly rubbing off as Harvey Stead too was producing one of his best performances of the season. Peterborough got yet another strange powerplay, as Hewitt called Danny Ingoldsby for holding, yet it was the Bees forward who was hauled to the ice. After coming back on Ingoldsby struck the post, beating King to his right. The Phantoms drew the game level late in the period on the powerplay with a slapshot from the point that went in hard and low and through a screen of players. The Bees were the stronger of the two teams going in to the final 3 minutes but just couldn't find the killer touch to win the game in regulation.


So into overtime and the Phantoms had a lot of the early possession. But with end to end chances for both teams the Bees had the better of them. James Galazzi coming close with a beautiful move and Josh Tetlow almost putting away a lovely passing move up the ice. Shaun Thompson had the final word of the overtime period, taking a shot with less than a second on the clock, but it was padded away by King.


The game was down to penalty shots and unfortunately for the travelling Bees, it was the Phantoms who came out winners despite a wonderful penalty by Thompson, Peterborough scorers were Padalek and Pliskauskas.

It may have just been 1 point for the Bees, but they can leave that game knowing they left everything they had on that ice. A true team effort, 100% commitment, energy, passion and desire. No fan could ask for more from their team following that performance.

Match stats
Period Scores: 0-0; 1-1; 1-1; 0-0
Phantoms scorers: J.Ferrara & Pollard 1+0; Pliskauskas, Griffiths, Salem & Long 0+1
Bees scorers: S.Thompson 1+1; Barker 1+0; Bendik & Ingoldsby 0+1
Phantoms PIMS: 6 (Weldon, King & Padelek 2)
Bees PIMS: 20 (Spearing 4; Foord, Norcliffe, Tetlow, Ingoldsby, Stead, Martin & Bench 2)
Shots on Phantoms (King): 30 (8, 10, 6, 6)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 33 (7, 13, 9, 4)

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