22nd of January 2017
Bison overcome Bees for a perfect single game weekendThe Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison had just one game in the weekend and that saw the Bracknell Bees arrive in Hampshire for the M3 derby.
Basingstoke Bison 5 Bracknell Bees 0
The Bison were without Joe Miller, Declan Balmer, Dan Davies, Aaron Connolly and Joe Rand but gave debuts to Kyle Goddard and Paul Petts. Tim Pickett was in charge of the game with Andy Cook and Justin Lalonde lining.
Josh Smith gave away the game’s first powerplay at 8.29 when he took a slashing minor and at 9.00 Vanya Antonov converted the man advantage with a powerplay goal assisted by Rene Jarolin. With Grant Rounding in the sin bin for slashing from 9.26 Antonov was away shorthanded when drama increased with Bison awarded a penalty shot. Antonov calmly doubled his tally against his former team at 11.25 when he made no mistake converting the penalty shot into a goal. The first period scoring wasn’t complete yet as Matt Towalski stepped forward with 34 seconds left in period one to net the Bison third.
With a comfortable first period lead the scoreless middle frame didn’t worry the home team and an early third period strike from Rene Jarolin had the scoring back on track. Jarolin finished from Antonov and Derek Roehl at 41.56 and just under 2 minutes later Grant Rounding completed the night’s scoring as finished a Tomas Karpov pass.
As Tomas Hiadlovsky continued to deal with the Bees attempts the final buzzer sounded and he had backstopped a severely under strength Bison to a comfortable 5-0 shut-out win.
Basingstoke: Antonov 2+1; Jarolin 1+2; Rounding, Towalski 1+0; Roehl, Karpov, Long, Mogg 0+1. Net: Hiadlovsky (60.00) 23/0
Bracknell: Net: Mettam (60.00) 29/5
Period Scores: 3-0/0-0/2-0
Shots on Goal: 29-23
Penalty Minutes: 6-8
Referee: T Pickett. Linesmen: A Cook & J Lalonde
After the game Head Coach Doug Sheppard said; “I don’t think our single game weekend could have gone better. We’re carrying quite a few injuries at the moment, a lot of players have been playing through niggles so it was good to give them the night off to rest up.
We gave debut opportunities to a couple of young guys who not only sat on the bench but also made the most of the ice time opportunities they got. I was impressed with how Kyle and Paul handled themselves and how well they fitted in.”
He continued; “Everything went as planned and now we get to enjoy a day off today. We know we’ve got a tough weekend next weekend so it’s nice that all the guys get a day’s rest today.”