12th of April 2018
A perfect end to a great seasonNow the dust has settled on a highly successful season for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison which saw them crowned Britton conference league Play-off Champions before going on to win the prestigious National Final Fours Play-offs.
The celebrations have continued all week and tomorrow night is presentation night, starting at 7.30 at Weybrook Park Golf Club, Rooksdown Lane, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9NT
Basingstoke Bison 3 Sheffield Steeldogs 1
The opening game of the weekend saw the Bison line up against the Moralee Conference League winners and play-off runners up Sheffield Steeldogs.
Despite Milan Kolena scoring the first goal of the game on the 29 minute mark Bison triumphed through as the Captain bagged a hat-trick. His first at 34.27 ensured the middle period ended level and he went on to score the game winner at 48.01 and add an empty net safety goal for 3-1 at 59.34.
Basingstoke: Connolly 3+0; Reynolds, Sutton, Petts, Smith 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 29/1
Sheffield: Kolena 1+0; Relf, Calvert 0+1. Net: Zimozdra (58.54) 30/2 & Empty Net (1.06) 1/1
Period Scores: 0-0/1-1/2-0
Shots On Goal: 31-29
Penalty Minutes: 6-8
Referee: T Pickett
With Saturday’s win booking them a place in Sunday’s final the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison prepared for a final four showdown with Telford Tigers which saw both conference Play-off winners go head to head for the National Final Four trophy.
Telford Tigers 0 Basingstoke Bison 4
A short benched Bison lined up against the full might of the Tigers but never looked back after an early opening powerplay goal from Kurt Reynolds at 6.22. Things got better for the Herd when Aaron Connolly netted his fourth of the weekend for 0-2 at 16.21 and Bison completed a dominant period outshooting their opponents 13-4 and leading by two unanswered goals.
Josh Smith netted the third Bison goal of the night at 23.49 when he converted another powerplay and Vanya Antonov added the fourth at 33.49 for a commanding lead just after half way.
There was no further scoring in the third period as the Bison held the Tigers to just 4 shots while Dennis Bell stopped all 11 Bison shots. The Bison had done enough during the opening forty minutes, combined with Dean Skinns concluding his season with a shut-out to secure the Play-offs and EIHA Chairman Ken Taggart presented the players their winners medals before handing the inaugural NIHL Final four trophy to Aaron Connolly.
Telford: Bell (60.00) 41/4
Basingstoke: Reynolds, Antonov 1+1; Malinik 0+2; Connolly, Smith 1+0; Davies 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 15/0
Period Scores: 0-2/0-2/0-0
Shots On Goal: 15-41
Penalty Minutes: 8-2
Referee: P Brooks
After the weekend a jubilant Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard shared his thoughts; “It was a perfect ending to the season. We certainly saved our best for last and I thought we played an extremely hard working game for 60 minutes and we were clinical in all aspects of the game. It’s credit to all the guys who've put in so much effort through the year and now they can look back and reflect on how that hard work has paid off.”
He added; “I’d like to dedicate the win to our fans who supported us at home and away through the season. All the guys appreciate the support and hopefully we’ve given you a memorable season you’ve enjoyed. There’s one more celebration of this season tomorrow night for our end of season awards evening so the guys and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.”
The presentation evening takes place tomorrow night with a 7.30pm prompt start at ...