Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 4 Trane Basingstoke Bison 2

By Nigel Simmonds

Ref : Matthews
Lino"s : Carmichael & Ormond

MoM Bison : Morris
MoM Wildcats : S Jones

Wildcats Stats : Bebris 1+1, Birbraer 1+0, S Jones 1+0, Nell 1+0, Hoog 0+1, C Jones 0+1, Rutkis 0+1.

Nets : Marr 26/2 (92.31%)

Bison Stats : Harding 1+1, Jones 1+0,...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
4th of February 2018

Weekend Review - Four huge points in the league

The Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison played a double league weekend starting on home ice against the Peterborough Phantoms before travelling to Medway to take on the Invicta Dynamos.

Bison Coach Doug Sheppard reflected on the weekend’s games; “We pulled off a huge win on Saturday then on Sunday we found a way to win. Sunday wasn't our best performance but we managed to do what was needed and pick up a valuable 2 points securing ourselves a huge 4 point weekend in terms of the title race.”

He continued; “We came off our most emotional game on Saturday night which was both physically and mentally draining. We had to work very hard to get the points against tough opposition and I think maybe we may have had a bit of a metaphorical hangover on Sunday. We got complacent at times in Invicta but we haven't played like that for a long time so I'm sure it'll be a one off. Now we turn our attention to Wednesday’s huge road trip to Hull for the second leg of the cup semi-final.”

Read the weekend review below.

The Basingstoke Arena was packed for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison’s top of the table clash with the Peterborough Phantoms.

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Stephen Matthews took charge with Andrew Strain and Andy Cook on the lines and Dean Skinns and Euan King started in net for their teams.

There was an early powerplay offered to the Herd when Robert Ferrara hooked Joe Baird with just 35 seconds played. Dan Davies was denied with the man advantage but Dan Scott came closer to scoring when he shot from the right point beating the Phantoms goaltender but denied by the iron work surrounding the net. Euan King quickly covered the puck to prevent a rebound.

Phantoms returned to full strength and the indication of the entertainment and quality to come continued. Both teams played hard and physical. Dan Scott fired in and a deflection off Dan Davies took the puck wide, Roman Malinik took a feed from Ryan Sutton but his shot missed the outside of the post. Phantoms snapped straight back as James Ferrara got in close but fired wide then Owen Griffiths forced a save from Dean Skinns and the Bison goaltender held on for a face-off.

A short period of Phantoms pressure saw them work the puck around the zone before Bison seized on the turnover and broke but play was whistled down for off-side. Then Roman Malinik combined with Aaron Connolly but the shot went wide, Josh Smith fed back to Stuart Mogg who wristed in a shot forcing Euan King into a save. Phantoms weren’t going to be outdone though and Will Weldon forced a save out of Dean Skinns but missed, wide of the target, with his own rebound.

Chances kept coming at both ends and it took a sharp kick save from Skinns to deny a good shot from Owen Griffiths. Tomas Karpov was just wide of target after Paul Petts created space.

The first period ended scoreless but even though there’d been no excitement through goals there had been plenty of exciting play in the opening 20 minutes.

The second period saw no drop in intensity. Dean Skinns was called upon for a sharp save from Owen Griffiths testing the short side. Bison bounced straight back and Dan Davies fed Vanya Antonov but his shot was wide. Bison worked the puck back to Dan Scott but his blast was seen into the glove by the Phantoms shot stopper. Moments later he was racing at full stretch for a poke check save but not to be outdone Dean Skinns followed up shortly after denying Ales Padelek after a good build up by the visitors.

Ben Russell shot in but Glenn Billing tipped the shot wide. Shortly after Edward Knaggs found Tom Norton waiting at the hash marks but Dean Skinns saw it all the way to keep the game scoreless.

A Joe Baird hooking penalty at 33.18 allowed Phantoms a powerplay and they looked good with the man advantage but some good penalty killing kept the net un-breached. As Baird returned and the transition from 5 on 4 to even strength happened a speculative shot from Nathan Salem made it through the 5 hole for 0-1 at 35.23

Things got worse for the home team and 35.59 when a stroke of luck allowed Phantoms to score their second. A save from Dean Skinns at the top of his crease saw the puck loop high in the air and Ales Padelek bundled the puck over the line.

There was no further change to the scoring in the remainder of the second period but Bison could think themselves unlucky to be taking the second interval down by 2 goals.

The third period started with an early Bison powerplay as Tomas Karpov was deemed impeded on his way to the net and Darius Pliskauksas sat out a hooking minor at 40.26.

Bison wasted no time and pulling back a goal as they controlled the zone and passed the puck round and round until Dan Scott saw the chance to shoot and beat Euan King with a blast from the hash marks. The Phantoms goaltender thought he had the shot but despite him getting a sizeable piece of it the shot was too powerful and through him.

Bison were back level at 44.26 as Ryan Sutton forced a turnover and fed Grant Rounding who fired home for level scores with 15.34 to play.

Kurt Reynolds took a tripping penalty at 46.17 which gave the Phantoms a powerplay and they retook the lead 16 seconds into the advantage with a text book powerplay allowing Owen Griffiths to bag the go ahead goal.

Roman Malinik’s night was done as he was tripped behind the net and took no further part in the game but there was no call on that play.

James White got in behind the Bison defence and drew a huge glove save from Dean Skinns and on the very next play Tomas Karpov fell victim to a large slash. Phantoms pressed hard and set up a good play but a pass from Will Weldon to Tom Norton was mishandled and as the puck left the zone the pressure on the Herd eased.

With the pressure released Bison created their own pressure and equalised the game for the second time. Aaron Connolly fed Tomas Karpov and he shot in drawing a save from Euan King but as he failed to control the rebound Josh Smith was on hand to bury the puck and tie the scores with 6.53 to play.

With 3.50 left Bison took the lead for the first time in the game. Dan Davies was at the back door and a perfect feed from Tomas Karpov saw Davies tip in for the go ahead goal.

As Bison continued to pressure Aaron Connolly was taken into the net from behind and the net toppled towards Euan King before settling back down again, this drew some “words” from Tom Norton to the Bison Captain but with no real action nothing was called.

Slava Koulikov took the Phantoms timeout with 24 seconds to play but Euan King remained in the net on the restart. Bison iced the puck with 18.1 seconds left and King left the net for the final bit of the game. Bison came close a couple of times to adding their fifth into the empty net, then there was a bit of drama at the end of the game with the huge support standing to cheer the win the whistle blew for icing with 0.4 seconds left but Bison had secured the win having come back from 0-2 down.

Basingstoke: Smith 1+1; Karpov 0+2; Scott, Rounding, Davies 1+0; Sutton, Malinik, Connolly 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 23/3
Peterborough: Griffiths, Padelek 1+1; Salem 1+0; Norton, Jamieson, Weldon, Billing 0+1. Net: King (59.41) 25/4 & Empty Net (0.19) 0/0

Period Scores: 0-0/0-2/4-1
Shots On Goal: 25-23
Penalty Minutes: 4-4
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: A Cook & A Strain

On Sunday the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison took to the road bound for Kent to play the Invicta Dynamos with a league 4 point weekend available.

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Roman Malinik was missing from the line up but Dan Davies scored the opening goal at 8.47 from Tomas Karpov and Vanya Antonov. Tomas Karpov doubled up the score with a powerplay goal at 13.02 and the 0-2 scoreline remained by the end of the first period.

Mason Webster pulled one back for the Dynamos at 25.02 but Tomas Karpov’s second at 29.04 restored the two goal lead. Joe Baird added the Bison fourth at 31.04 but Mason Webster struck for a second time at 31.40 making it 2-4.

Louis Colvin scored 3.50 into the third period and at 48.58 Jaroslav Cesky netted on his former team to level the game at 4-4. Bison performed well under pressure and Vanya Antonov scored the game winner at 52.29. 1.02 later Dan Davies converted a powerplay and with 3.38 to play Hallam Wilson tallied the Bison seventh to complete a four point weekend with a 4-7 scoreline.

Invicta: Webster 2+0; Cesky 1+1; Colvin 1+0; Bailey, Zosiak, Ralph, Strawson, Osmon 0+1. Net: King (60.00) 57/7
Basingstoke: Davies 2+2; Antonov 1+3; Karpov 2+1; Baird, Wilson 1+0; Reynolds, Sutton, Connolly 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 36/4

Period Scores: 0-2/2-2/2-3
Penalty Minutes: 8-30
Referee: B Evans. Linesmen: A Lack & Eliasson