12th of November 2018
GAME REPORT: Milton Keynes Thunder v's Bison Sunday 11th NovemberFinal Score: MK Thunder 0 Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison 4
Linoís: Finch & Pullar.
MOM: Thunder: Lawday
MOM: Bison: Mettam
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 Bison 4
Your Trane Basingstoke Bison travelled to Milton Keynes, to take on the MK Thunder on Remembrance Sunday & we were in the mood to complete a 4pt Weekend.
The Bison still minus injured Liam Morris, were also missing Alex Sampford, but there was an addition to the roster, with a very familiar surname in the teamís history. Ex-Basingstoke Beavers forward, Kenny Redmond's son & current Bison Coach Tony Redmondís nephew, Conor Redmond, who was guesting from Oxford City Stars.
Once again, there was a solo trumpeter with a powerful rendition of The Last Post & a minutes silence, in honour of Armistice Day, which was 100 Years, this year, to the day. As the previous evening, this was impeccably observed by everyone in attendance.
Bison had an early chance to take the lead, when George Norcliffe brought a good save from Jordan Lawday. MK though immediately replied and a good pass from Ross Bowers set up Rio Grinnell-Parke, but his shot was well saved by Mettam.
Bison's early pressure paid off soon after though, when a shot from Jay King, which was goalbound, hit a crowd of players in front of Lawday, Michal Klejna also got a shot off, but the puck fell kindly to Paul Petts & he fired the puck past Lawday, for his 1st goal this season. Goal was awarded to George, but it was definitely Paul that scored.
Rio Grinnell-Parke took the first penalty of the evening, a Boarding call at 5.10, but Thunder would kill the penalty. Ross Green had a good shot on goal, but Mettam kicked away the chance. Jay King took an Interference call at 14.36. MK created a couple of opportunities, but these were dealt with by Bison's penalty killers, including a brave block by Klejna, which was very much Matt Cote-esque, for those who remember how brilliant he was at blocking shots.
Jay King was penalised again late in the period. This time a Tripping call at 19.49. The period ended 1-0 to the visitors.
MK started the 2nd period with 1.49 on the Powerplay, but Bison saw off any threat. Alex Mettam was having a really good night in net. He made some great saves in this period, to keep the Thunder from registering a goal. A great full stretch save to deny Tomas Rubes, was followed by an even better point blank save from Trevor Leblanc & a Ross Bowers follow-up. Mettsy was on fire & unbeatable!
Bison were creating numerous chances, but just couldn't finish them. Jordan Lawday was as busy as Alex was & also made some good saves. Ref Blaine Evans, was doing his best to let the game flow as best he could, but at 36.54 he called MK for Holding, Alex Whyte the culprit. Thunder's PK units stood firm and killed off this penalty too. At the end of the period, it was still a slender 1-0 lead, in favour of the Bison.
The longer the game went on, you felt Bison needed another goal to ease some of the nerves, mainly of the travelling fans, which again turned up in good numbers and were in great voice as always.
Bison Player/Coach Ashley Tait should've extended our lead, after he was set-up by Klejna in the slot, but Ash shot just wide, to his annoyance.
Ross Green was called for Slashing at 48.26, but again, as much as they tried, Bison couldn't add a second goal, although Bordowski came the closest, but Thunder returned to full strength.
Jordan Lawday made another good save from an Adam Jones shot, but soon after, he would be finally beaten again.
Paul Petts was enjoying playing on a line with Tait & Klejna & they combined to finally score a 2nd goal (51.30). Klejna's shot was well saved, Tait followed up, Lawday again saved well, but Petts was on hand to fire in the rebound, to the relief of his teammates & fans alike.
Bison were now looking to turn the screw on MK and every opportunity Bison had, you felt it would result in a goal. And so, it was at 54.02, when Russ Cowley set up Tait, with a lovely drop pass and Ash skated in and rifled an unstoppable shot top shelf. 3-0 up with just over 3 minutes to go and it was time to breathe easier for Bison, but we weren't finished there.
Conor Redmond would score a goal on his debut (57.00), a real sniperís goal, just like his Dad Kenny during his playing days in Basingstoke, when we were the Beavers. A play involving Richard Bordowski & Russ Cowley, set up Conor, who fired home the puck at the back post, to make the points definitely safe. I noticed that Russ collected the puck and gave it to a proud Uncle, behind the Bison bench!!
Alex Mettam almost lost his shut-out right at the death, in a calamitous moment and a crazy rush of blood to his head. He came out to play the puck behind the net, with the final few seconds running down, but got all tangled up with a team-mate. Rio Grinnell-Parke had skated hard to get there & was so very nearly rewarded. He stole the puck and did a wraparound to score into an empty net, but the buzzer just beat him and it didn't count.