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Weekend Preview - Week 10

posted 16 Nov 2017, 09:39 by john slater

The tenth weekend of regular season action for the Bracknell Bees sees them once again with a two game weekend, both this time NIHL Div1 South league matches.   The weekend starts on the road on Saturday as the Bees head to Gillingham to face the Invicta Dynamos (6pm face-off) before returning home to The Hive on Sunday for a 6pm face-off against the Peterborough Phantoms.

Two narrow National Cup Group D losses both home and away to the Telford Tigers last weekend have given the Bees a hill to climb to progress in the Cup but this weekend they are back in league action.  

The Bees and Dynamos have already met twice this season, once at The Hive and once in Kent, with the Bees victorious in both games but pushed all the way by the Dynamos.  An overtime winner and penalty shoot out win have given the Bees the two narrow victories over the Gillingham side.   The Bees will be well aware of how hard the Invite team work and will need to maintain their discipline in what is sure to be a hostile and physical encounter on the road on Saturday.

On Sunday the Bees welcome the Peterborough Phantoms to The Hive on Sunday for the first time this season.   The teams met back in early September in Peterborough where the home side ran out 4-2 winners.   Despite the long history between the two sides the Bees will be looking to overcome their visitors on Sunday and get back to winning ways at The Hive where they have been solid all season.   With the Phantoms sitting top of the league table (at the time of writing this) the Bees know they will have a tough battle on their hands this Sunday as the teams battle it out at the top of the NIHL Div1 South table.   They will be hoping last weekend was a blip in form but with both losses having been narrow and the team playing well they should still be confident in their own play whilst not underestimating either of this weekends opponents.

At Sundays home game we are also pleased to welcome the Bracknell Fusion Prelim Synchronised Ice Skating team to The Hive, they will be providing period break entertainment at tonight’s game and we thank them for their support.

We are pleased to announce that this Saturday evenings home game versus the Peterborough Phantoms will also be streamed Live from The Hive with the help of several of our media partners.   See HERE for full details.   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   You can purchase your stream ticket at the following direct link 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 upstairs at the back of Block 5 (opposite the bar) there is also the Supporters Club shop.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights