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Match Report: Bracknell Bees 3 - 5 Streatham IHC

posted 29 Jan 2018, 22:20 by john slater

Match Report by Ashley Willitt

After having a rare Saturday off, the Bees were in action against Streatham at the Hive on Sunday evening. Having lost their previous two ties against the London club the Bees were hoping to get back winning ways after the previous weekends narrow victory against MK Thunder.

Starting netminders were Danny Milton for Bracknell and Matt Colclough for Streatham. Refereeing was Steven Mathews with Flynn Sitch-Cunningham and Justin Lalonde on linesman duties.

Early on in the game, the Bees spent a lot of time in the Streatham half of the ice keeping Coclough busy. With Alex Barker and James Galazzi bringing out some key saves from the Streatham netminder but they just couldn't find a way past him. Even a Scott Spearing semi break-away chance was thwarted by Colclough, who was looking very solid in the Streatham net. At the other end Milton wasn't as busy yet had to be sharp when Jordan Gregory stole the puck from Jared lane just inside the blue-line, passed to Ryan Watt and put the Bees goalie to the test. In something of a goalmouth scramble Streatham broke the deadlock on 8 and a half minutes. With Milton reaching for the puck it was poked beyond him and through his legs, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. It took the Bees just 5 minutes to come back and level the score through star forward Frankie Bakrlik. The big Czech pulled a nice move inside his covering defenceman, chipping the puck past him and shooting hard past the blocker of Colclough.

The second period took a while to warm up with neither side looking to take the game by the scruff of the neck. However it was Streatham who would get the break, as 4 minutes into the period and with the Bees defence all over the place, Brendan Baird was left all alone and given far too much time to pick his spot and beat Milton. In another strong game for Galazzi, he was joined by scrappy young forward Ben Ealey-Newman with the two of them combining well but with the latter unable to pull the trigger on a well worked move between them. A very even period with very few clear chances to either side but with a nasty looking high stick on Shaun Thompson by Baird marred a clean period of hockey.

Into the third and Bracknell looked eager to get back into the game, but were up against a solid, well organised and determined Streatham squad. Once again Colclough was brought into action, this time from a big Bakrlik shot following great work from both Thompson brothers. The Bees eventually got the equaliser on 45 minutes after a Jan Bendik shot was blockered away only to be picked up by Danny Ingoldsby who rifled the puck home past an out of position Colclough. Shortly after a Bees powerplay had come to an end Streatham looked to capitalise on Bracknell's missed opportunity. Following a poor line change, the visitors found themselves in the Bees zone on a 3-on-1 and a third goal was almost inevitable. Scored by Aiden Doughty from a simple pass by the man never seemingly off the ice, Michael Farn. It took just 29 seconds for the Bees to bring the score level to 3-3 with Ben Ealey-Newman carrying the puck in and shooting hard and low. With himself and Galazzi crashing the net, the puck eventually bounced in off Galazzi past the helpless Colclough. With great end-to-end play in the final five minutes, it was anyone's game. Unfortunately for the home crowd a lovely through pass by Baird to Ben Paynter led to a cracking finish from the former Bees player, who struck the puck high and hard past Milton. The Bees didn't give up though as Shaun Thompson saw a shot saved onto the crossbar. With the clock running down Bracknell pulled Milton to give themselves 6 skaters and saw a long range effort from Gregory bounce off the post of the empty net. The Bees just couldn't make the extra attacker count and eventually gave up a 5th goal with a sloppy turnover behind the Bees goal giving captain Adam Carr a tap in to seal the victory for Streatham.

A much better turn out from the Bees, but it just wasn't enough. Credit to Streatham who soaked up the Bees pressure and were far more clinical in front of goal.

Match stats
Period Scores: 1-1; 0-1; 2-3
Bees scorers: Galazzi 1+1; Ingoldsby & Bakrlik 1+0; S.Thompson, Bendik, Tetlow, Stead & B.Ealey-Newman 0+1
Streatham scorers: Carr 2+0; Paynter & Baird 1+1; Doughty 1+0; Ranson & Hayes 0+2; Watt & Farn 0+1
Bees PIMS: 6 (S.Thompson, Spearing & Bakrlik 2)
Streatham PIMS: 14 (Farn 4; Baird, Doughty, Watt. Ranson & Hayes 2)
Shots on Bees (Milton & Empty Net): 29 (6, 9, 14) & 1 (0, 0, 1)
Shots on Streatham (Colclough): 47 (16, 12, 19)