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Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
7th of October 2018

GAME REPORT: Bison V's Telford Tigers Saturday 6th October

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Final Score: Bison 6 Tigers 2

by Nigel Simmonds.

MoM: Weller Evans for Bison & Weaver for Tigers.

Ref: Matthews
Linoís: Ormond & Sitch-Cunningham

Bison Stats: King 2+0, Sampford 2+0, Cowley 1+2, Klejna 1+0, Bordowski 0+5, Jones 0+2, Dewey 0+1, Ralph 0+1, Tait 0+1.

Nets: Weller-Evans 36/2 (94.44%)

Tigers Stats: Clarkson 2+0, Weaver 0+2, McKinney 0+1.

Nets: Bell 32/6 (81.25%)

PIMs: Bison 8 Tigers 12

After a successful opening League weekend, with wins over London & Invicta, it was back to Autumn Cup action for the Bison tonight, a strong Telford Tigers team making the trip down from Shropshire tonight.

Bison's chances of securing a Semi-Final spot, require two wins and then we need Peterborough, to suffer two defeats. So, it's always going to be tough ask. Unfortunately Peterborough won in over time last night which makes it impossible for Bison to progress to the knock out stages.

Mr Matthews dropped the puck to start this game, which saw Dan Weller-Evans get his first start between the pipes. Dan's been awaiting this opportunity, so would he take it with both hands. You bet he would!

It was Tigers Dennis Bell that made the first notable saves. Alex Sampford wriggled free on the left and got off a low hard shot, but Bell made a good pad save and that was quickly followed, by a slapshot from Ashley Tait, but Tigers defence cleared any danger.

Bison got the first chance of a man advantage, when Tigers Daniel Rose picked up a Tripping call at 4.45. Tommy Ralph & Richard Bordowski testing Bell, but he was equal to both shots. With 9.30 on the clock, Corey Goodison fell foul of Mr Matthews, with a blatant Tripping on Bison's Michal Klejna. Bison's PP unit came out again and set about using the extra man to gain the advantage. Just over a minute into the penalty. Bordowski brought the puck out of defence, passed it to Tommy Ralph, who skated in unchallenged. Then his drop pass found Russ Cowley & Russ picked his spot and released an unstoppable wrist shot past Bell, who appeared to get a piece of it, but not enough and it nestled into the net behind Bell, timed at 10.44.

Hallam Wilson earned himself a Holding call (15.37), and that was quickly followed by a Slashing call on Cowley 26secs later. Tigers PP didn't take long to get level with a two-man advantage. The returning massive 'man mountain' Doug Clarkson, finishing with aplomb, after a great feed by Weaver at 16.14. Dan was earning his stripes in the meantime, with big saves from Silverthorn and then Clarkson.

The ever-impressing Liam Morris almost scored a highlight reel goal. He deked his way past most of Tigers defence, before getting off a backhand shot, which Bell saved with his glove. Michal Klejna then made a great diving effort at 17.40, but his momentum carried him forward and he was awarded a Tripping call. Bison killed off the penalty and at the end of the first period, it was all square at one apiece.

The 2nd period would see Bison outshoot Tigers 16 to 5, which included two quick goals, one on the Powerplay, when Scott McKenzie was binned for Slashing. Ashley Tait & Adam Jones setting up Klejna, who fired in from close range. Within 13 secs, (lucky for some!) Bison extended their lead. Cowley won a face-off, and in one smooth stroke, Jay King let rip with a shot, which appeared to find Bell unsighted and the net rippled. Think Jay enjoyed that goal, as he wheeled away and celebrated his first goal in Bison colours. Bordowski was also credited with an assist, but to me it looked like a straightforward win by Cowley and King unleashed a great shot, so I don't know who came up with that.

Michal Klejna almost scored his second of the night, when he weaved through the Tigers defence, his skilful stickhandling gave him an opportunity, but he just ran out of space and collided with Bell in the goal crease. The play carried on and a slide rule pass from Weaver found Jack Watkins skate in behind Bison's defence, but Dan was proving that he was more than capable and he came up with two great saves denying Watkins. It was all Bison at this stage. Liam Morris absolutely undressed Goodison, but again Bell's glove hand foiled Morris.
Sam Brooks almost added to Bison's scoreline, when he was sent free down the right wing. He wound up, pulled the trigger and although Sam's shot was saved by Bell, he didn't actually know where it was. Thankfully for him, his d-men cleared any danger. McKenzie suffered a Slashing Penalty at 34.21, when he caught San Smith on the arm. The penalty was killed & the period ended 3-1.

The 3rd Period started with Bison on a 5-on-3 for 52secs. With both teams back at full strength, at 43.34, Alex Sampford continued his great scoring form, when he beat Bell from a very acute angle, in fact he was level with goal line but somehow the puck snuck through & past Bell. Jones & Bordowski getting assists on the goal.

Tigers looked tired at this stage, but continued to press the Bison. That man Clarkson scored his and his teamís second goal of the night, when he was set free and lasered a shot through Dan's 5-hole. Speaking to Dan afterwards, he thought Clarkson was going high, over the glove hand, so he positioned himself suitably for the high shot, but the Tigers man, fired low and hard and lit the lamp at 49.57. Weaver and Andy McKinney, assisting on the goal.

But at just under the 51 min mark, Bison (& Sampford) would kill the game off. Bordowski again proving what a great acquisition he's been, receives a pass from Dewey, skates into the Tigers zone, cuts back, passes to an on-rushing Alex Sampford and again, his wrist shot flies past Bell, into the top corner of the net for a 5-2 lead. Bison would add another goal at 57.20, when Jay King was credited with the goal, but I think it may have taken the littlest of tips which ultimately beat Dennis Bell again. Russ & Richard again getting the helpers on that goal, timed at 57.20. Into the final minute and the Bison faithful rose to their feet chanting the Great Escape theme, which we adopted a few seasons ago. The final buzzer sounded and Bison had produced a great 6-2 scoreline, which in my opinion, is a thrashing.

It has to be the most impressive 'team performance' by the team this season.