9th of November 2018
Weekend Preview: Wildcats & Thunder for BisonSaturday night sees the first visit of the league title contenders the Swindon Wildcats to the Basingstoke arena and your Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison will be looking to keep up its home form with another win.
Swindon currently sit in 2nd position having played 10 games on 18 points whilst the Bison have 12 points from 9 games. We are expecting a big crowd for the game so would suggest that fans book seats in advance.
Could supporters please arrive on time and be in their seats as we will be honouring Armistice Day and the 100 year anniversary prior to the game.
The game starts at 6.30pm with doors opening at 5.30pm.
Tickets are available in advance by calling 01256 355266, at the box office for personal callers or online by clicking here and on the door.
Looking ahead to the weekend games Bison player/coach Ashley Tait said: “Swindon are the team to beat in the league this season and we look forward to seeing how we match up to the title favourites, we are under no illusion that we have to be at the top of our game and put on good display for the fans in order to get the win”.
Three to watch for Wildcats:
Aaron Nell – Forward and Player Coach – Nell was born and bred Swindon and is rated as one of the top British forwards at this level and last year the Wildcats player/coach finished second only to Tomas Karpov in the South One scoring race. Aaron is a prolific points scorer and in 29 games last term he scored 23 goals and 35 assists from 29 games. He is major offensive threat every time he steps onto the ice and at the moment at this level is averaging over two points a game. Aaron had a short spell in North America before returning to Swindon and he has had spells in the EIHL with Sheffield Steelers and Coventry Blaze. Aaron enjoyed his best season to date in 2012/13 when he scored 60 goals in 54 games on his way to 115 points in the EPIHL and when the EPIHL ceased to exist Aaron had amassed the impressive stats of 537 points from 331 games at this level.
Renny Marr – netminder – Renny was born in Lochgelly, Scotland and played his junior hockey in the Fife / Kirkaldy programme and represented Great Britain at both U18 & U20 level. He had a short spell backing up the Coventry Blaze in the EIHL from 2015 - 2017 before joining Swindon in 2017 / 18. Last season in 31 games Renny averaged .91% saves percent average and so far this term Renny averages .94% .
Sam Jones – Defence – Sam is the younger brother of current Bison blueliner Adam and is in his second spell in English hockey having had his first stint curtailed by injury when icing for the MK Lightning in the EPIHL. Sam is a product of the Okanagan Academy in Canada and last season he was Captain of the Summerland Steam in the Kootenay International Junior Ice Hockey League.
On Sunday night the Herd face travel to Milton Keynes to face the Thunder with face off being 18:45.