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Match report: Cardiff Fire 1 - 5 Bracknell Bees

posted 9 Oct 2017, 09:23 by john slater   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 22:13 ]

Match report by Ashley Willitt

The Bees travelled 2 hours down the M4 on Sunday to face bottom of the table Cardiff Fire with aspirations to repeat the score when the two sides met earlier on in September with the Bees winning 11-1.

Starting in net for the Bees was Danny Milton, and for the Fire, new signing Jordan Lawday. In the stripes were Dan Boardman, Jason Lambly and Elliot Marshall.
In an unusual circumstance, the Bees played in the Cardiff away jerseys - with someone forgetting to pack their own onto the coach!
Milton was called into action early on, producing a fine save from Cardiff forward, Jordan Powel. The period got a little scrappy with neither side able to take control of the game. Cardiff unable to break past the Bees back line and Bracknell seemingly unable to pick each other out in their unfamiliar jerseys. Lawday in the Cardiff net was called into action on many occasion and held his own against some huge slap shots by Frankie Bakrlik as well as efforts by Josh Martin and George Norcliffe. The Bees did get their just desserts on 18 minutes with Steve Osman speeding through the offensive zone following a great pass by Callum Best. Ozzy beat the keeper top shelf much to the delight and relief of the strong travelling support.
As is becoming quite a regular occurrence, the Bees came out strong at the start of the second period and it took Shaun Thompson just 59 seconds to double the Bees lead. After being left to skate unchallenged from behind the goal to right in front of Lawday, it took a save and a rebound for Thommo to get on the score sheet. The rest of the period was something of a goal tending clinic by young Lawday as he made save after save from numerous Bees players.
The final period started much as the second with Bracknell straight away on the front foot. Driving though the defence the Bees made Lawday once again pull off yet another save, with Bakrlik whacking away at the puck at close quarters before it fell gratefully at the stick of Thompson, who made no mistake in getting his second of the night and the Bees third. Just minutes later some slick puck work between Osman and Spearing, the later teeing up Bakrlik who smashed home the puck, bar down, on the helpless Fire goalie. At 4-0 the Bees finally looked comfortable, yet Cardiff were determined to ruffle their feathers. Several niggly penalties eventually led to a big scrap down by the Cardiff goal. After Jan Bendik went in after a loose puck he got cross-checked while down on the ice, Spearing stood up for his defenceman and almost every player on the ice got involved. As the players were skating to the box, both Josh Martin and Elis Sheppard decided they hadn't had enough so went at it again getting them both tossed from the game. Once the penalties had been decided the game eventually continued and it was Bracknell who were once again on the score board, this time Bakrlik with a tap in after some great speed and moves by Thompson pulling the goalie out of position. The home team were not to finish empty handed and almost as if someone had whispered 'shut-out' to their friend next to them, Harvey Stead was left all alone with 2 Cardiff forwards on him. Michael Stratford got the goal for the Fire from a pass by Powel, much to the delight of the home crowd.
5-1 it finished, possibly could have been more had the Bees not been a little lost in unfamiliar colours and also due to the heroics of Fire goalie and man of the match Jordan Lawday.  Shaun Thompson collected the Man of the Match award for the travelling Bees.

Match stats
Period scores: 0-1; 0-1; 1-3
Fire Scorers: Stafford 1+0; Powell & Chinn 0+1
Bees scorers:
Bakrlik 2+2; Thompson 2+1; Osman 1+1; Avery, Tetlow, Best & Spearing 0+1
Fire PIMS: 103 (Manning 27; Bryant 26; Sheppard 24; Price 10; Hart 6; Morris 4; Tamas, Smith & Allner 2)
Bees PIMS: 50 (Martin 24; Spearing 18; Bendik 4; Foord & Best 2)
Shots on Fire ( Lawday): 54 (17, 20, 17)
Shots on Bees (Milton): 23 (8, 7, 8)