18th of November 2018
GAME REPORT: Swindon Wildcats v's Bison Saturday 17th November 2018Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 4 Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison 1
By Nigel Simmonds
Lino’s: Edwards & Ormond
MoM Wildcats: Bullas
MoM Bison: Mettam
Wildcats Stats: Nell 3+0, Rutkis 1+0, Birbraer 0+3, C Jones 0+1, F Taylor 0+1, L Taylor 0+1, Whitfield 0+1.
Nets: Marr 26/1 (96.15%)
Bison Stats: Wilson 1+0, Bordowski 0+1, King 0+1.
Nets: Mettam 40/4 (90.00%)
With only one fixture this weekend, it was important that they try and get something out of the game, to keep up with the teams above them in the league..................
Mr Pickett dropped the puck for this one and it was going to have to be a strong team performance, as Swindon usually come out very strong in the first period, at home.
It wasn't long before Sam Bullas, brought a good save out of Alex Mettam in the Bison net. A few moments later and Mettam was again called into the action, this time he denied Edgar Bebris at close range.
Bison didn't really create too much to be fair, as Swindon were pretty well camped in our zone. When we did finally get a good scoring chance, it was Alex Sampford that tested Renny Marr, but he saved well.
The period was flying by and at 17.28, Bebris took the first penalty of the night & was called for Interference.
Could Bison snatch the lead in the dying moments of the first....... Bison Player/Coach Ashley Tait got a good shot off, but Marr was equal to it. Then a goal mouth scramble and Bison almost broke the deadlock, but again Marr, would cover the puck and deny the Bison. Wildcats would return to full strength, just before the end of the period and it was all square after 20 minutes.
The 2nd Period started pretty much like the first. Wildcats are a big strong team, who hit & bump you all night, trying to wear you down and hopefully, make you make a mistake, which they can capitalise on, but to be fair, Bison were holding their own on this occasion.
Swindon's Player/Coach Aaron Nell had the first opportunity to score, when he managed to get free and get a shot off, but he fired wide. Bison came down the other end and Tait again took a shot, but alas it was off target. Then Swindon upped the pace a little and the Bison net came under some pretty consistent attack. Mettam made a couple of great saves, whilst sprawling around on the ice. Wildcats Chris Jones created a good chance, when his pass across ice, almost found its target, but Bullas couldn't quite get his stick on it and the opportunity went begging. Russ Cowley was next to test Marr, his shot just going wide of the net, with the nettie looking beaten.
With just over half the game gone, Bison decided to use their Time Out. I'm not 100% sure why, but I can only imagine it was for Ash & Tony, to get the guys to just regroup and get them back on track with the gameplan and it almost paid off. Richard Bordowski skating in from the wing, got a shot off, but Marr would glove it and play stopped.
Toms Rutkis then had a couple of eventful minutes. Firstly, bringing a good save from Mettam and then getting a Cross-Check penalty, timed at 33.32.
Tommy Ralph had a shot from the point, but Marr made a comfortable save and then a turnover caused Bison some trouble. Aaron Nell skated in all alone, but his shot was very well saved by Mettam again. He was certainly keeping us in this game.
Wildcats killed off the penalty and went straight back on the attack. Then there a slight little flashpoint. Tait & Kostal were trading hits and it appeared the Swindon import wasn't overly impressed.
Picketts hand went up and it was Bison that were going to get penalised. Tait was awarded a Slashing call at 38.33, but just before Pickett had stopped the game, Bullas took it upon himself to stick up for his teammate as he skated after Tait and threw a couple of punches at Ash, in clear sight & in front of the ref, I hasten to add, but got absolutely no call, which brought squeals of discontent from the travelling Bison fans. Bison managed to see off the period and at 40 minutes, it was still goalless on the scoreboard.
The 3rd period started with Wildcats still on the Powerplay, but Bison managed to return to full strength soon after.
At 42.06, the deadlock was finally broken. Aaron Nell firing a shot in from just inside the point, which Alex appeared to pick up and it flew over his shoulder into the net. Birbraer & Whitfield getting the assists. Just 15 secs later and Danny Ingoldsby was called for Tripping, but as much as Swindon tried, Bison returned to full strength.
Michal Klejna tried to get the Bison back on level terms, when he skated in and got a slapshot off, but Liddiard managed to get a stick on it and it flew up into the netting behind the goal.
It was still anybody’s game and the next goal would be very important.
Bison's Josh Kelly was assessed an Elbows penalty at 48.42 and it didn't take long for Wildcats to make us pay.
After Mettam had made a great point blank save from Bebris, Nell added his second of the night, timed at 50.07. Birbraer & Chris Jones with the assists.
Bison were looking a little ragged now, but Swindon just kept coming. Rutkis made it 3-0 at 53.08, coolly slotting home, after good work from Loris & Floyd Taylor had set him up in front of net.
It wasn't going to be our night & the Wildcats were going to revenge the shoot-out loss a week before. Aaron Nell completed his hat-trick at 57.00, with a well taken goal, but it shouldn't have stood, as Pickett failed to call a penalty in the build up to the goal. Stick a fork in us, we were done!
Entering the final 2 minutes of the game, could Bison at least break the shut-out, that Marr looked by be on his way too. Yes, was the answer!
Hallam Wilson firing in the puck after Marr had made a save from Jay King's shot from the point. Bordowski also getting an assist on the goal, timed at 58.55. King then took a Delay of Game penalty (59.18) when he flipped the puck over the glass, trying to clear the zone.
Another little altercation happened at the final whistle, as Klejna appeared to fire the puck in Sam Jones direction, after the two had words with each other. It didn't hit him, but Bullas and Birbraer (no shock there) reacted towards the Slovak.
The handshakes went without any drama and the final score ended 4-1 to Swindon.