30th of November 2017
Weekend Preview - Looking to stretch to a dozenWith a perfect 10-0 record in the 2017/18 National Ice Hockey League so far the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison will look to make it a dozen this weekend as they play home to Streatham and at Milton Keynes.
Streatham have already visited the Bison this season but on their own home ice proved a sterner test than their last trip to Hampshire. They pushed the Bison hard in the last return match in Streatham but after falling behind Doug Sheppard guided his men back to a win.
The Herd have also enjoyed success against Milton Keynes so far this season both at home and away so there’s a lot of undefeated records to defend in both clashes this weekend.
With Bison close to full strength last weekend it’s promising to note that Ryan Sutton could also make his return this weekend too.
Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard looked forward to the weekend saying; “I was pleased with our performance last weekend against Bracknell. We only had one game and it was in the National Cup, we stuck to our plans and executed well despite our opponents looking to distract us. This weekend we’re back to the league, a competition we’ve had an excellent start in.”
He continued; “These are both teams we’ve played before and beaten twice before. Streatham nearly turned us over in their rink so we know we need to bring our A game. On Sunday we go to Milton Keynes and we’ve seen the Thunder a couple of times so far this year. It’s important we just carry on doing the little things and working as hard as we have been to have a successful weekend.”
Saturday will also see the annual Teddy Bear toss take place. Fans are invited to air the bear(s) this Saturday on the occasion of the first Bison goal. Teddies collected will donated to local charity Charlie’s Day Unit and Grace Community, a children’s orphanage in Kawaha, Kenya. Supporters are asked to ensure that teddies are marked with the CE marking and that all teddies are wrapped before being thrown out.
Both the home and away weekend fixtures face-off at 6.30pm. Tickets for the home game can be bought on-line at the Bison website.