GAME REPORT: MILTON KEYNES THUNDER V'S BISON SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

Final Score: MK Thunder 0 Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison 4

Ref: Evans

Lino’s: Finch & Pullar.

MOM: Thunder: Lawday

MOM: Bison: Mettam

Thunder Stats:
Nets: Lawday 56/4 (92.86 %)

Bison Stats: Petts 2+0, Tait 1+0, Redmond 1+0, Cowley 0+2, Klejna 0+2, Bordowski 0+1, King 0+1

Nets: Mettam 20/0 (100%)

PIMs: Thunder 6...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
28th of October 2018

GAME REPORT: Bison V's Invicta Dynamos Saturday 27th October

Final Score: Basingstoke Bison 5 Invicta Dynamos 3

By Nigel Simmonds

MOM: Bison Ingoldsby Dynamos Colvin

Ref: Evans
Lino’s: Finch & Strain

Bison Stats: Ingoldsby 1+2, Ralph 1+1, Jones 1+0, Morris 1+0, Norcliffe 1+0, Cowley 0+2, Klejna 0+1, Sampford 0+1, Tait 0+1, Wilson 0+1

Nets: Mettam 22/3 (86.36%)

Dynamos Stats: Piačka 1+1, Susters 1+1, Miles 1+0, Colvin 0+2, Foord 0+1, Munroe 0+1

Nets: Morris 45/3 (88.89%)

PIMs: Bison 10 Dynamos 12

Since the fixtures were released back in the summer, I think most Bison fans (Me, for one!) eyed this weekend as a big one ............. Bracknell (Away).

It's the first meeting of your "new look" Trane Bison, against the outgoing, Treble Winning Head Coach Doug Sheppard & many of the Bison players, which also swapped the Red/White of Basingstoke for the Gold/Black of Bracknell. It should be an absolute cracker, hopefully!!

But first up this weekend, are the Invicta Dynamos. Having already beaten Dynamos 5-3 in their own barn, back in late Sept, Bison were looking to complete their second double, over their fellow NIHL contenders.

Bison looking to continue their pretty good home form, so from the off, you could tell the guys wanted to notch up another victory on home ice. Invicta came with the intention of trying to grind out a stubborn road victory. Dynamos received the first penalty of the game, when Jake Stedman was assessed a Late Hit call on Sam Smith at 5.54. Bison had quite a few chances on the man advantage, George Norcliffe, Adam Jones, Alex Sampford & Chris Cooke all testing Invicta goalie Conor Morris (Bison's Liam Morris's brother), but he saved everything thrown at him early on.

The pressure Bison were putting on the Dynamos net would finally pay off though. Bison's MOM Danny Ingoldsby, set up Hallam Wilson, who wrister a low & hard shot, Morris got a piece, but the puck fell kindly to Norcliffe, who buried the puck, timed at 8.52. Ingoldsby with the only assist, but Hallam should've been awarded one too.

Bison just kept marauding forward at every opportunity. Chances for Bordowski and then Klejna were saved by Morris too.

With Just over 12mins gone and Invicta finally brought a save from Mettam in the Bison net. Invicta import Edmund Piačka scooting in around the Bison defence, cutting inside and releasing a goal bound shot, but Mettam's glove save swiftly denied that chance.

Bison then doubled their lead, good work from Sampford & Wilson, fed the puck to Ingoldsby, who from a very tight angle fired the puck in and it somehow squirmed through the pads and the red light illuminated again. Morris couldn't believe it had gone in and he even checked behind him, only to see the puck in the net. Goal timed at 16.35, Hallam did get the assist this time, as well as Alex Sampford.

Just before the end of the first period, Chris Cooke was called for Elbows at 18.37. The Bison penalty killers saw out the remaining time on the clock.

End 1st: Bison 2 Dynamos 0

The 2nd Period started with 38secs of Invicta PP. But it was Bison who almost scored again, just before the penalty expired, Hallam picked up the puck just in front of Mettam, with the Dynamos players slightly out of position, he skated forward on a mission. He managed to rip off a shot, but Morris gloved it. Then out of basically nothing, Invicta scored. A shot from experienced player Matt Foord found its way to Mettam via a tip from Brandon Miles, Mettam gave up a decent rebound, but Miles was stood just in front, it took a couple of swipes and saves, but finally he slotted the puck home, to cut the deficit to one goal. Timed at 21.38. Colvin getting the second assist. It was a pretty poor goal to concede, as Dynamos had hardly tested Alex, in the Bison net.

Then there was a little spate of penalties called...... Bison's Alex Sampford picking up an Interference call at 24.07. Then Invicta's Callum Best took a couple of penalties..... a Tripping call at 24.45 & a Late Hit call at 32.25, was sandwiched by a Conor Morris Slashing call at 28.53. All penalties were killed off successfully.

We entered the final minute of the 2nd period, Elliott Dewey & Russ Cowley, set up Liam Morris, who took his time, picked his spot and fired the puck top shelf, finally beating his brother, who he had tried so hard to score past, back in the September game in Kent. Goal timed at 39.24.

The buzzer sounded and the scoreboard read ..... Bison 3 Dynamos 1.

The 3rd Period didn't start that well for the home side. 20.38 on the clock, Adam Jones picks up a very dubious Tripping call, so much so, Brandon Miles laughed all the way back to his bench, knowing he'd fooled Evans into the call. Now, that's not too surprising, as Blaine is quite away off the pace and is usually found lagging behind. Michal Klejna was next to be penalised. A Charging call timed at 42.22. There were plenty of calls Klejna should've received in his favour tonight, but Evans wasn't having any of it, although pretty much all of them, were legitimate calls and should've been called!

Back to the game...... this left Invicta with the slightest of a two-man advantage. Bison managed to kill of the first one to get back to four skaters, but unfortunately, Edmund Piačka fired home a Powerplay goal at 43.51, assisted by Susters & Munroe. Don't think Mettam was best pleased with his defence, as one of them, (Cooke I believe), screened Alex just as the shot was taken and he had no chance to save a puck, he couldn't see.

But it didn't matter too much, as soon after Bison lit the lamp again. Tommy Ralph firing home a loose puck after good work from Russ Cowley & Danny Ingoldsby.........Goal timed at 45.18.

Into the final 10 minutes of the contest and it was that man again.... Danny Ingoldsby, who was having his best game to date this season, he was unstoppable tonight. His great strength and energy, providing him every opportunity to create chance after chance. Invicta just couldn't handle him. At 53.18 a little altercation over in the far corner. Chris Cooke was adjudged a Holding call, but Brandon Miles took exception and threw a couple of punches, earning himself a Roughing call at the same time.

Callum Best re-visited the penalty box soon after, this time a Slashing call at 53.45. This gave Bison a 4-on-3 chance on the PP......... which they used successfully. Ashley Tait & Klejna combining well and the puck found its way onto Adam Jones's stick and he absolutely buried the puck right under the bar.....You don't stop those shots, it was so pinpoint.

A little confusion happened after, with Best leaving the box (rightly so, I believe), then the game started up, only to stop and the officials to have a little chat & then call Best back over and sit the remaining time on his penalty, because Miles was released, but he & Cooke had gone in together, so should've finished their penalties together. I think by now, most fans patience was being tested by Evans.

We entered the final 2 mins of the game, but there was still time for Invicta to notch another goal. Martins Susters converting a good pass from Piačka after he'd received the puck from Louis Colvin. Goal timed at 59.39.

This led Invicta to call a Time Out. A two goal deficit with 21secs remaining. A tall order if ever there was one, but they had a go. Immediately from the restart, Morris was pulled in favour of the extra attacker, but Bison saw off any chance Dynamos thought they had.

The final buzzer sounded and Bison had recorded another victory in the "W" column.
All eyes now are on Sundays visit to the Hive, for the eagerly awaited game against the Bees. Match Report will be published tomorrow. Fingers crossed for the "W”!!