12th of February 2018
Weekend Review - Four point weekend keeps the Herd secure at the topThe Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison started their weekend with a road trip to Swindon to face the Wildcats.
Swindon Wildcats 2 Basingstoke Bison 5
Edgars Bebris gave the home team the lead at 10.54 with an even strength goal but Roman Malinik levelled up the game as he converted a powerplay a 18.45 while Swindon served a too many men penalty. The goal was scored while Floyd Taylor and Dan Scott sat out double minor fighting penalties from 17.09.
3.58 into the second period Josh Smith gave the Bison a lead they wouldn’t lose as he finished from Tomas Karpov and Grant Rounding. Dan Davies combined with Karpov and Vanya Antonov at 26.47 to give the Bison a 2 goal lead and then Antonov scored the Bison fourth at 35.59 to complete an impressive three unanswered middle period goals.
Chris Jones netted a powerplay goal at 44.35 for 2-4 but despite two further Swindon powerplays they couldn’t add to their score. Renny Marr left the net as time ticked away but Tomas Karpov found the empty target with 58 seconds to go for 2-5. Marr returned for the end of the game but Bison had done more than enough to secure their road win.
Swindon: Bebris, Jones 1+0; Nell, Birbraer, Whitfield, Nethersall 0+1. Net: Marr (59.33) 30/4 & Empty Net (0.27) 1/1
Basingstoke: Karpov 1+3; Antonov 1+2; Davies 1+1; Smith, Malinik 1+0; Rounding, Connolly 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 24/2
Period Scores: 1-1/0-3/1-1
Shots On Goal: 24-31
Penalty Minutes: 10-14
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: C Edwards & A Strain
On Sunday night the Stampede were back on home ice as the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison took on the Cardiff Fire.
Basingstoke Bison 9 Cardiff Fire 0
Cardiff Fire iced with just 9 outskaters and their two netminders against the league leaders. Doug Sheppard took the opportunity to rest Dan Scott and Kurt Reynolds with others players dressing but watching the game from the bench.
It took 4.09 for the first goal as Grant Rounding beat former Basingstoke Buffalo goaltender Jordan Lawday. At 6.33 the crowd were back on their feet cheering Tomas Karpov scoring the second goal and before they’d even finished celebrating that one Rounding chipped in with his second at 7.06. A determined Cardiff squad kept on fighting but Oscar Evans scored at 18.57 to ensure Bison would enjoy the first interval 4-0 ahead.
Goals for the Herd came in procession in the second period as Dan Davies scored at 24.08 followed by Paul Petts at 27.38. A delayed penalty goal followed as Evans bagged his second at 28.44 with a penalty on Christopher Hart pending for hooking. Davies scored his second at 35.35 leaving three players aiming for a hat-trick but when the next Bison goal came it was from the Captain as Aaron Connolly scored with 2.21 left to play in the middle period.
The third period saw further players from the Bison rested and this allowed Cardiff to have their most attacking period as they trebled their individual period shot counts from the first two periods forcing Dan Weller-Evans to earn his shut-out.
Basingstoke: Connolly 1+3; Antonov 0+4; Davies 2+1; Karpov 1+2; Rounding, Evans 2+0; Petts 1+1; Sutton 0+2; Buckle, Mogg 0+1. Net: Weller-Evans (60.00) 15/0
Cardiff: Net: Lawday (60.00) 49/9
After the successful weekend Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard looked back; “It was another great weekend for the team. Saturday night character comes to mind as we had quite a few guys playing injured to help us get the win. We stood up and played big. Swindon is a difficult place to go and get a positive result so it was a huge win.”
“Sunday was an opportunity to rest some guys and play Cam and Oscar giving them both a fair share of ice time and responsibility. We also tried players out of position and Dan Weller-Evans earned his first shut-out of the season.”
He concluded; “After a great weekend we need to get enough rest in this week and make sure we’re ready to go for next weekend. Bracknell’s been playing well, they’re hungry and we’ll need to be ready for them.”