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Weekend Preview - Week 23

posted 22 Feb 2018, 05:52 by john slater

For the twenty-third weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees take on the Milton Keynes Thunder and Basingstoke Bison in NIHL Division 1 South league matches.   The action gets underway on Saturday 24th February as the Bees make the trip to Milton Keynes for a 7pm face-off before returning to The Hive on Sunday to face their local rivals and league leading Basingstoke Bison.

Saturday will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between the Thunder and the Bees with the Bracknell side looking to complete a four game series sweep of wins.   The last time the two sides met however was at The Hive in late January where the Thunder pushed the Bees all the way to a penalty shoot out.   The Thunder defeated the Invicta Dynamos last weekend to pick up their second win in their last twelve games.   They should not however be underestimated on their home ice.

On Sunday the Bees face their local M3 rivals the Basingstoke Bison at The Hive.   Again this will be the last regular season meeting of the two sides.    The Hampshire side have won all three league meetings between the teams so far this season, including last weekend in Basingstoke and are sitting up of the league table undefeated in nine games and with only one last in their last fourteen games (in all competitions).   The Bees did pick up a win and an overtime point against the Bison in the National Cup earlier in the season and for the most part games between the sides have been close and keenly contested.  Having lost both games last weekend the Bees will be looking to get some points on the board in their battle for fourth place in the league.

Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the Basingstoke Bison 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 in the club shop at the front of the rink.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights

A reminder to all that the Bracknell Bees will not tolerate any type of discrimination, verbal abuse or disruptive behaviour from people attending the Hive.   The NIHL ice hockey family is an inclusive one, adhering to EIHA Policy. Regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody is welcome at the Hive and entitled to feel safe and included.   If you see or experience any such behaviour, please immediately draw it to the attention of the nearest rink steward or security guard. Thank you!