Slovakian overseas player Michal Klejna returns for a second season in the Herd uniform as exclusively revealed earlier today in the Basingstoke Gazette.

Klejna completes the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison overseas roster for the 2019 / 20 season and will once again ice alongside Richard Bordowski as our two overseas players.

31 year old, 6’1” tall Michal...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
24th of September 2018

GAME REPORT: Hull Pirates v's Bison Sunday 23rd September

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Final Score: Hull 8 Bison 5

Pirates Stats: Davies 2+1, Kirk 2+1, Archer 2+0, Bonner 1+2, Lyon 1+0, Chamberlain 0+3, Hewitt 0+2, Towner 0+2, Harley 0+1, Gent 0+1.
Nets: Fucik 46/5 (89.13%)

Bison Stats: Tait 2+1, Cowley 1+2, Bordowski 1+1, Sampford 1+1, Jones 0+2, Klejna 0+1, Norcliffe 0+1.
Nets: Mettam 30/8 (73.33%)

PIMS: HULL - 32 BAS - 8

Our match night reporter Nigel Simmonds made the long journey to North to the Hull Arena ...

The puck dropped for the return leg of the Autumn Cup games against Hull Pirates. Alex Mettam was called into action early doors, but managed to pad away the puck. Bison went close a minute or so later, but that man Fucik, in Hull's net stood tall (quite literally. He's about 6'5”!)

Pirates would get on the scoreboard first, when a face-off in our zone found its way to Jonathan Kirk on the point, he ripped an unstoppable wrister and it flew past Mettam. 1-0 Hull.

There were a few non-calls, which really should've been called during the period, which for fans (& of course, players alike) is very frustrating. I know, that without a ref, we wouldn't have a game, but I'd just like to see better consistency.

Anyway, back to the game...... Hull doubled their lead at 17.56, when a shot from Bobby Chamberlain, was saved by Mettam, but the puck looped over and landed in the goal-crease behind him. Matty Davies was quickest to react and poked the puck into the net, whilst bumping into Mettam and falling over him. Chris Cooke came in to drag Davies away and Chamberlain took exception and threw a punch at Cookie! Emmerson gave the goal and also Chamberlain a minor penalty for Roughing. We entered the final minute of the period, Matty Davies was awarded a Hooking call at 19.15, giving Bison just 12 secs of 5-on-3. Hull killed off the first penalty, but Bison used the other man advantage, as Ashley Tait, picked up a juicy rebound, from an Adam Jones shot & fired the puck home past the hapless Fucik, to halve the deficit going into the first break. Norcliffe also picking up an assist.

The 2nd Period started and it didn't take long, 49 secs to be exact, for Pirates to regain the two-goal advantage. James Archer finishing low and hard past Mettam, after a nice set-up between Lee Bonner & Sam Towner. At 23.33 a coming together between Thomas Stubley & Paul Petts, resulted in the former picking up a Roughing call & the latter, a Cross-Check penalty. The game had hardly resumed, when Tait followed them to the box. A Hooking call this time. Hull's PP unit came out and went about their business swiftly. Kirk from the point making it 4-1, timed at 24.46. Davies & Hewitt getting the helpers.

I was expecting a possible timeout from the Bison bench, just to give them enough time to regroup, but nothing came. Bison killed off the remaining penalty time, it wasn't long before Bison found themselves with another powerplay. With 26.26 on the clock Stubley again the guilty party, as his attempt to clear the puck around the boards, went a little too high and hit the netting, thus giving him a Delay of Game penalty (Puck Over Glass) to give it, it's correct title.

If we were going to get back in this game, we had to start taking advantage of these powerplays. The line of Sampford, Cowley & Bordowski then sprang into action. Like last night, a lovely tic-tac-toe move involving these guys got a quick response. Alex Sampford firing home from close range, after slick set up passes by Russ & Richard. Goal was timed at 28.29.

Now 4-2 to Pirates, Bison went back on it again. Fucik made a couple of good saves, in between continuing to push off the net, every time we got near his net. That line again lit the lamp at 32.01. This time Bordowski finished from close range, after Fucik had given up another inviting rebound from Cowley's shot. Sampford got the second marker on the goal. At 4-3, Bison now had the scent of a game tying goal, but alas momentum was halted, when Jay King took a Holding call at 32.42. Soon after, Pirates Lee Bonner, was awarded a Roughing call at 33.24, so we went to 4-on-4.

Matty Davies is one of those guys, you'd love on your team, but hate if he was an opponent. Well he broke Bison hearts when he finished beautifully, on the backhand, over Mettam’s shoulder to restore Pirates two goal cushion, even-handed at 34.24. Kirk the only assist. At 35.50, Chamberlain picked up a Cross Check penalty, but that wasn't enough for him. He felt that Bison's Klejna had dived, so stupidly, right in front of the ref he mocked the Bison Player by throwing himself to the ice. Mr Emmerson handed him the easiest 10min Misconduct he'll ever give out. The 2nd period ended 5-3 to Hull.

As the previous evening, Bison fans were hoping for a "Herd in the 3rd" comeback and within the first minute of the period, Bison were given a powerplay chance. Hull's Sam Towner picking up a Cross Check penalty at 40.35. But any chance of said comeback were extinguished, when a poor turnover by the Bison defence was capitalised on, with Lee Bonner skating in hard from the right wing and his shot flew into the far corner of the net past Mettam, for a short-handed goal at 41.54. Hewitt assisting on the goal.

Now 3 goals behind, the Bison had to refocus and try to start another mini revival. James Archer picked up a Roughing call at 48.27, so here was a perfect opportunity to get back one goal, at least. And so it was, when Ashley Tait scored his second goal of the evening, on the Powerplay, assisted by Michal Klejna, at 50.49.

It was going to be a tough last 9 minutes. Bison needed 2 goals to tie the score. The problem with being behind in a game, is possibly trying too hard, to push players forward to get into better positions to make scoring opportunities. This would be our downfall unfortunately.

Another surging Bison attack was thwarted at centre ice, the puck was picked up by Towner and he skated into the Bison zone, the d-men were drawn across to help out the forwards and this left a clear lane in front of net, a quick neat little pass from Towner, found Archer skating in unchallenged to slip the puck between Mettam's pads and that deflated all Bison's aspirations. Goal timed at 52.26. The scoreline was now reading 7-4 in favour of the Pirates.

Unfortunately, it was going to get worse. I was asked by a fan, "if we were playing better than Saturday evening?", just as I was writing a response, Hull scored again!! Aaron Lyon, assisted by Chamberlain & Josh Gent (55.30).

Tempers had been pretty high all evening, scuffles were breaking out after play stoppages, but offending players weren't always getting punished. At 56.20 Haywood got a Tripping call, but another coming together after the whistle happened. This time the ref decided it warranted penalties. Lyon & Dewey both picking up Roughing minors.

Bison were back on the PP. Then Chamberlain picked up a Late Hit call and Bison had another 2-man advantage. Russ Cowley scored, assisted by Tait & Jones (58.18). The remaining time on the clock ticked away and the buzzer went for the end of the game.