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Match report: Basingstoke Bison 6 - 1 Bracknell Bees

posted 29 Nov 2017, 10:29 by john slater   [ updated 29 Nov 2017, 10:34 ]

Match report by Ashley Willitt
Photo credit to 5 Hole Photography

Saturday night and the Bees took the short trip down the road to the cold rink of Basingstoke to take on the Bison in what would be a tough night for Bracknell in their latest cup game.

Starting goalies were Alex Mettam for the Bees and Dean Skinns for the Bison. The man with the armbands was Dan Boardman, while his two linesmen were Justin Lalonde and Oliver Finch.

The first period started fairly strongly for the Bees, coming out aggressively and keen to assert some physical presence on the ice. Unfortunately for one James Galazzi, he was a little too aggressive as he came steaming in on goal and was a little late in putting on the breaks in front of Skinns and got called for goalie interference. With the Bison increasing their pressure on the Bees net, it was clear it would be up to Mettam to save the defensive blushes yet again. Just over a minute after the Galazzi penalty and a missed hip check from Harvey Stead led to the Bison first goal as Dan Scott fed Roman Malinik who needed just the one chance to shoot the puck past Mettam. With Basingstoke getting the puck to the net at an unnerving regularity, Bracknell were trying to play an aggressive checking game but just couldn't stay out of the penalty box. With both George Norcliffe and Ben Ealey-Newman serving penalties, the Bison passed the puck around with consummate ease in front of the Bees defence while on a 5 on 3 powerplay. As the puck went back and forth between Dan Scott and Tomas Karpov at least four times, it was experienced British defenceman Scott whose slapshot beat Mettam to make it 2-0. A couple of late chances for the Bees drew the period to a close but nothing to trouble Skinns too much.

The Bees barely turned up in the second period as the Bison looked to end the game early with a barrage of shots against Mettam. Just two and a half minutes in and Mettam made a huge save after a shot from the hash marks was tipped in front by Paul Petts. Part way through the period and Aaron Connelly got tripped on a play, while down on the ice the Bison captain managed to get to the puck and pass to Grant Rounding who then found Karpov whose shot went in off the post bringing up the home teams third of the night. Less than a minute later and Basingstoke added more misery on the Bees defence as a shot through a screen of players from Scott made its way through Mettams legs to make it four and brought Bracknell to call a time-out. The time-out had little effect on the Bees as the Bison got their fifth less than a minute later with a very soft goal scored by Hallam Wilson after a bit of a scramble around the net. The shot count of period two really showing the gulf in the two teams on the night with 24 on Bracknell and only 5 on the Bison.

With the game all but sewn up the home team made a change in goal with Dan Weller-Evans coming on to start the third period. Five minutes into the final period and Basingstoke made it 6-0 and Wilson got his second of the night and put the final nail in the Bees coffin. The Bison clearly took their foot off the gas and didn't really need to get out of second gear to see out the game, but that didn't stop the Bees from doing all they could to make the game look a little less one-sided. Josh Martin was, as ever, being a thorn in the side and with a great move down the right of the ice, stick handled skillfully and shot passed Weller-Evans to bring a little pride back to the team and a reward for his dogged determination.

6-1 it ended in a miserable night for the Bees in the near arctic conditions inside the Basingstoke rink, but with the prospect of Bakrlik and Thompson returning soon they will aim to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

Match stats
Period scores: 2-0; 3-0; 1-1
Bison Scorers: Scott 2+1; Wilson 2+0; Karpov 1+1; Malinik 1+0; Rounding, Dewey, Connolly & Moog 0+1
Bees scorers: Martin 1+0; Ingoldsby & Best 0+1
Bison PIMS: 8 (Smith 4; Baird & Rounding 2)
Bees PIMS: 16 (Martin 4; Jackson, Galazzi, Norcliffe, Lane, Stead & B.Ealey-Newman 2)
Shots on Bison (Skinns & Weller-Evans): 9 (5, 4, 0) & 5 (0, 0, 5)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 43 (10, 24, 9)