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Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
10th of December 2017

Short benched Bison fight for two wins in a weekend

The second game of the weekend saw the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison brave the winter weather and head to London to face Streatham.

Streatham IHC 4 Basingstoke Bison 7

Bison were off to the best start possible when Tomas Karpov scored after 1.19. Hallam Wilson scored at 1.41 for 0-2 and Aaron Connolly scored a powerplay marker at 4.11. It was on their second Streatham powerplay that scored their first as Jamie Hayes broke the duck. A second powerplay goal at 16.16 saw them back to within a goal as Alex Sampford netted.

Despite the Bison outshooting their hosts in the middle period it was Streatham who scored the only goal as Sampford netted his second, again on the powerplay, at 35.49 to end the middle frame 3-3.

Bison captain Aaron Connolly converted a powerplay at 41.21 to re-take the lead but Redhawks’ captain Adam Carr levelled up at 4-4 scoring at 44.46. When Aaron Connolly scored his hat-trick goal it would go on to be the game winning goal and was complimented by further goals from Grant Rounding at 46.13 and Paul Petts at 53.59

Streatham: Sampford 2+0; Carr 1+1; Hayes 1+0; Doughty, Rose, Siagris, Baird, Watt 0+1. Net: Colclough (60.00) 43/7
Basingstoke: Connolly 3+0; Karpov 1+2; Malinik, Davies 0+2; Rounding, Petts, Wilson 1+0; Buckle, Scott, Dewey, Sutton 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 46/4

Period Scores: 2-3/1-0/1-4
Shots on Goal: 46-43
Penalty Minutes: 28-14
Referee: M Thompson. Linesmen: Olczak & McPhee

After the weekend Head Coach, Doug Sheppard, commented; “I’m happy with the weekend. We played two big games and we all knew how short we would be going in to these games but the guys stepped up big time. We put in lots of hard work over the 120 minutes minutes to get the two positive results. We’ll hopefully welcome some guys back next weekend but I needed the guys to step up this weekend and they did and I can’t ask anymore than that.

The Captain, Aaron Connolly, led the way this weekend with 5 goals and 6 points in the weekend. The full team got good ice time across the weekend and guys like Hallam Wilson and Paul Petts responded well to the extra ice time they got and took full advantage of the opportunities. As a Coach it’s pleased to see youngsters step forward and shine when they get the chance.

He finished by adding; “We’ll now look to build for next weekend and another tough game but we can hold our heads high after the way we got the results this weekend.

Read the review of the home game below.

The Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison ventured out on to home ice short benched to take on the Peterborough Phantoms. Cameron Buckle was added to the line up which had Joe Baird missing from defence and Vanya Antonov, Josh Smith and Roman Malinik missing up front.

Stephen Matthews took charge of the game and Dean Skinns and Euan King started between the pipes.

Basingstoke Bison 6 Peterborough Phantoms 2

Early pressure came mostly from the visitors but there were chances generated by Tomas Karpov and Aaron Connolly. Tomas Karpov’s shot was blocked by the goaltender while Aaron Connolly shot into the logo allowing King to trap the puck and freeze for a whistle.

Greg Pick gave away the first powerplay of the game at 12.02 when he was called for boarding in an attempt to break up a Bison rush. Bison failed to convert the advantage, concluding the 2 minute powerplay with 3 defenceman and 2 forwards.

With around 4 minutes to play in the first period Bison camped in the Phantoms zone but couldn’t get the final shot past Euan King. Phantoms returned at the other end forcing some sharp defensive skills from the Bison and a fairly even first period ended scoreless.

A powerplay 84 seconds into the second period, called on Ales Padelek for hooking, saw Bison score their first goal as Dan Davies and Ryan Sutton did the work around the net before feeding back to Dan Scott to blast home from the point.

It was almost 2 for the Bison when Paul Petts got the puck in the slot but backhanded wide. The second goal was millimetres away also at 24.30 when Stuart Mogg passed to Dan Davies who fed Ryan Sutton, as he mishandled the puck the shooting opportunity closed so he fed back to Dan Davies but again the puck trickled by wide.

Darius Pliskauskas was in alone on Dean Skinns and wristed the puck on net with Skinns saving the initial shot and the rebound.

Aaron Connolly did put the Herd 2 goals clear at 28.16. With a delayed slashing penalty on Nathan Pollard Bison snapped a quick transition and Aaron Connolly rung one in off the cross bar as it dropped behind Euan King.

Phantoms were fortunate for their first goal when a clearance around the boards appeared held in the zone by one of their players coming on in the door way which led to six skaters plus the goaltender being in play. With no call made the additional player made his way back off the ice having held the puck in and the puck was fed across to Leigh Jamieson who’s wrist shot entered the net low down for 2-1.

Dan Davies was hooked in the slot at 31.32 by Will Weldon leading to another Bison powerplay but a Bison rush saw a misplaced pass end up with Robert Ferrara who sprung Darius Pliskauskas and this time the Lithuanian would make no mistake as he advanced on a shorthanded breakaway and let his wrists do the work.

At 33.57 Will Weldon had finished serving his penalty and gave the Herd a scare when his shot hit the crossbar but fortunately it bounced back out safely.

Bison found themselves penalty killing at 35.25 when a Stuart Mogg hip check was called as tripping. Ales Padalek came close to scoring as he raced up the middle but having lost and regained the puck it went high and Bison killed the remainder of the advantage with no significant drama.

Ryan Sutton and Elliot Dewey nearly had the go ahead goal as they skated in together but Dewey fed Sutton who’s pass back was too late and reached Dewey as he crossed the goal line.

Referee Stephen Matthews spotted a bad line change by the Phantoms at 36.41 and called them for too many men and on the man advantage Ryan Sutton would ensure Bison ended the period ahead as he scored close in on the powerplay for 3-2 at 38.01.

Tomas Karpov got called for a holding penalty with 2 seconds left in the second period which meant Bison started the third period on the penalty kill. An early lazer from Darius Pliskauskas through traffic was seen all the way by Dean Skinns and the Stampede penalty killers got the job done. Just before the return to full strength Dan Davies and Grant Rounding broke shorthanded with the latter losing the former’s pass.

Grant Rounding went on to make up for the shorthanded chance by netting the Bison 4th at 43.13 shovelling home from close range.

With 10.20 left to play Ryan Sutton had set free his captain and Aaron Connolly advanced to the net solo before finishing with his second of the night high into the goal on the stick side.

With 1.03 to play Stuart Mogg exited the penalty box and Paul Petts fed him the puck with the defenceman doing the finishing for 6-2.

Basingstoke: Connolly 2+1; Sutton 1+2; Reynolds 0+3; Mogg 1+1; Petts 0+2; Scott, Rounding 1+0; Davies, Karpov 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 28/2
Peterborough: Pliskauskas, Jamieson 1+0; Weldon, R Ferrara 0+1. Net: King (60.00) 24/6

Period Scores: 0-0/3-2/3-0
Shots On Goal: 24-28
Penalty Minutes: 6-10
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: Strain & Sytch-Cunningham