26th of February 2017
Two wins in the weekendWith the demise of the Manchester Phoenix the Sherfield School took the opportunity to host an NIHL Select team which saw the Bison run out 7-2 winners. Bison took the opportunity to rest some injured players and bring up some Buffalo and Junior players with Derek Roehl lending a hand with the announcing.
With the fun over come Sunday night it was back to serious league business when the Stampede journeyed to Peterborough to face the Phantoms.
Peterborough Phantoms 1 Basingstoke Bison 4
Bison Captain Aaron Connolly opened the scoring at 13.01 then Rene Jarolin added a second with 2.22 left to play in the opening period.
Honours were shared in the middle period as Ciaran Long made it 0-3 after 1.28 but Ales Padelek scored while Bison were serving a penalty with a powerplay goal at 31.15
Bison dominance of the game continued through the third period. Derek Roehl snapped one in at 45.11 for 1-4 and the crowd got treated to the excitement of a tussle when Declan Balmer and Petr Stepanek came together at 53.56
Peterborough: Padelek 1+0, J Ferrara, Stepanek 0+1. Net: Auzins (30.28) 18/3 & Long (29.32) 24/1
Basingstoke: Davies 0+3; Roehl 1+1; Jarolin, Connolly, Long 1+0; Baird, Towalski, Hiadlovsky, 0+1. Net: Hiadlovsky (60.00) 27/1
Period Scores: 0-2/1-1/0-1
Shots On Goal: 27-42
Penalty Minutes: 12-28
Referee: M Thompson. Linesmen: Cambpell & A Lack
Doug Sheppard shared his thoughts on the weekend. “I’d like to thank the NIHL select team for turning up Saturday and our fans for turning out. Both teams played some entertaining hockey and I think it was a good night for our supporters. We managed to rest some players that were unwell or injured, Dan Weller-Evans put in a good display in net and Derek Roehl kept the fans entertained.
“Saturday’s game got the boys warmed up for Sunday. We went in to Peterborough and were fluid from the first drop of the puck. We were still missing Tomas Karpov and Vanya Antonov up front and Dan Scott is still missing at the back. We played very solid defence despite having only 4 defencemen and at times we were down to 3! Up front we were impressive despite being down two forwards. We worked their defence hard, we created a lot of chances and scored four good goals.”
He concluded; “I knew Sunday would be a tough game and especially with the bodies we had missing but I’m pleased with the way we got the job done. Looking forward Karpov and Antonov should both be over their illnesses and back in the line up next weekend, Dan Scott is continuing to make great progress on his recovery. We’re keeping a close eye on him and we can’t wait to have him back in the line up but not until he’s fully recovered.”