9th of March 2018
Weekend Preview - Cup Final gets the last regular season weekend underwayIt’s a huge weekend for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison as they open the cup final and close the regular league season.
On Friday night the Bison host the Swindon Wildcats in the first leg of the Autumn Cup Final which was postponed last week due to the adverse weather. Both teams topped their qualifying groups before winning their home and away semi-final series to set up the big final. Games between the teams this season have been high intensity close match ups so the home and away final should kick off with a bang in Hampshire.
On Saturday attention turns back to the league. With the play-offs starting next weekend the league is still very much alive with the Bison knowing two big wins will clinch them the title in their inaugural season in the NIHL.
On Saturday Bison host the 8th place Invicta Dynamos in the final home game ahead of the Play-offs. In their last five league outings Bison are 4-1 while the Dynamos are 3-2 repsectively.
On Sunday the regular league season comes to a close with a visit to Ice Arena Wales to take on the Cardiff Fire. Fire are running 0-5 from their last five outings but will be looking to break their winless run in the last outing of the season.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard looked ahead to the weekend; “We’ve got two huge games back to back at home this weekend before our last road trip of the regular season. We’re excited to have Roman back in the line up this weekend too.
“On Friday we get to finally get the Cup Final underway after last week’s game was postponed. We know Swindon have been tough opponents this year but this is a final so we want to do our best on home ice for our fans and get a good start. On Saturday we play a league game with Invicta in Basingstoke and they’ve been a dangerous team to play against this year. We know that our destiny is in our own hands and two wins Saturday and Sunday will be what we’re aiming for. Sunday we make the trip to Cardiff and we’ll be looking to end the regular season on a high.”
He added; “I’d like to thank our fans this season who have been great at home and away. We have two games at home and we’re running a bus to Cardiff tomorrow and the boys will appreciate your loyal support.”