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Match report: Bracknell Bees 7 - 6 Invicta Dynamos

posted 23 Oct 2017, 01:25 by john slater

Match report by Ashley Willitt

After Saturdays close fought win against the London Raiders, the Bees were hoping for a more comfortable performance in front of a strong crowd at the Hive.

Alex Mettam was given the night off in the Bees net, with Danny Milton being given then nod. His opposite number in the Invicta net was Damien King. Bees were still missing Osman and Barker with Shaun Thompson also not icing due to family commitments. The Dynamos were missing Captain Arran Strawson but added the skill of new signing and 'Mos fan favourite, Ashley Jackson.

The first period started very brightly for the Bees, with Frankie Bakrlik getting on the scoresheet almost immediately. After a pass from Harvey Stead, Bakrlik shot a hard wrist shot from just above the face off circle which went just over the shoulder of King. Just seconds later and off the puck, James Galazzi and Mason Webster dropped the gloves. Some big punches thrown by each combatant as Webster wrestled Galazzi to the ice. The Bees were having the better of the early play with Bakrlik taking charge of the attack at every given moment. That being said, the Dymamos were looking dangerous on the break and, after eight minutes were on the scoreboard themselves through Tom Ralph. Invicta weren't about to do themselves any favours as just a minute later following a close offside call, Callum Fowler was given a 10 minute misconduct penalty for remonstrating too heavily with the officials. The Bees were being thwarted at every occasion by the superb efforts of King in the Invicta net with Josh Martin denied a great goal scoring opportunity late on in the period. The 'Mos would end the period the happier as a shot over the bar from Jackson rebounded straight to Webster who made no mistake in shooting the puck past the stretching Milton.

The second period saw the Bees come out strongly on the offensive. Just four minutes in and Callum Best and George Norcliffe combined well to score a delayed penalty goal with the latter receiving a great pass and burying his chance top shelf to bring the scores level at 2 a piece. Towards the back end of an Invicta powerplay, Adam Rehak gave the Mos back the lead, following some nifty puck handling, he danced inside the face-off circle and shot cleanly over the glove of Milton. Just 33 seconds later and the combination of Best and Norcliffe produced another goal after Best stormed into the 'Mos zone, rounded the net and passed back out in front for Norcliffe to shoot low into the goal. Bracknell would regain the lead moments later while being shorthanded with Bakrlik picking up the puck on the Bees blue line. The Czech forward's heavy shot rebounded from behind the goal and was given straight back to him by an Invicta defender and he made no mistake in dispatching the puck low and to the left of the goalie. Less than a minute later and following a bad line change, the Bees were caught out in defence and Invicta forward Justin Robinson made the Bees pay bringing the score back level to 4-4. The Dynamos made it 5-4 on yet another powerplay through Tom Ralph just a minute after their 4th. The Bees were clearly doing all they could to bring the game level yet kept getting caught offside time and time again.

Entering the final period down a goal Bracknell were keen to get back level while Invicta were by no means done, as Milton took a huge shot to the body keeping him down for several minutes. Milton was not to give up his position and continued in net, much to the cheers from the crowd. At the other end of the ice, Jan Bendik came down the right, his firm centring pass found the stick of Galazzi, who redirected the puck high above the glove of King. The hard hitting Dynamos continued to look dangerous, with Fowler, Rehak and Jackson leading their attack. But it was Louis Colvin with the 'Mos 6th goal following good work by Fowler, passing beautifully for Colvin to finish passed Milton. Bracknell were determined not to let themselves and the fans down and with just over 7 minutes left on the clock, Frankie Bakrlik levelled the scores yet again with a wonderful solo goal, drilling the puck 5-hole on King. The final five minutes saw the Bees camped out in the Dynamos end, peppering the goal and hitting the post twice on one attack.

6-6 it finished in regulation and off to overtime it went. It took just over a minute of constant Bees possession and pressure to end the game with none other than Frankie Bakrlik who's shot on the turn beat King, taking him by surprise, much to the delight of the home fans.

Match stats

Period scores: 1-2; 3-3; 3-1
Bees Scorers: Bakrlik 4+0; Norcliffe 2+0; Galazzi 1+0; Best 0+3; Bendik, Spearing, Ingoldsby, J.Ealey-Newman & H.Stead 0+1
Dynamos scorers: Raplh 2+1; Rehak & Colvin 1+1; Robinson & M.Webster 1+0; Jackson 0+4; Bailey & Fowler 0+2; Morgan 0+1
Bees PIMS: 20 (Spearing 8; Galazzi 4; Avery, Ingoldsby, Martin & Bench 2)
Dynamos PIMS: 36 (Ralph 12; Fowler 10; Rehak 6; Morgan & M.Webster 4)
Shots on Bees (Milton): 26 (10, 9, 7)
Shots on Dynamos (King): 46 (20, 11, 14)