27th of December 2018
GAME REPORT: Raiders v's Bison Sunday 23rd December 2018FINAL SCORE: London Raiders 5 Trane Basingstoke Bison 2
By Nigel Simmonds
Lino’s: O'Neill & Sitch-Cunningham
MoM Raiders: Gray
MoM Bison: Bordowski
Raiders Stats: Sylvester 2+0, Ayliffe 1+0, A Connolly 1+0, Scott 1+0, Huska 0+3, Novak 0+3, Chong 0+2, J Connolly 0+1.
Nets: Gray 57/2 (96.49%)
Bison Stats: Bordowski 2+0, Jones 0+1, Mettam 0+1, Tait 0+1.
Nets: Mettam 33/5 (84.85%)
PIMs: Raiders 43 Bison 59
Your Trane Basingstoke Bison travelled to Romford to take on the Raiders. Both teams are on healthy winning streaks. Raiders are undefeated on a 6-game win streak and Bison almost matching that, by winning 11 pts from the last 6 matches (including a shoot-out loss at MK), so someone's impressive streak was about to come to an end.
Bison welcomed livewire Liam Morris, back to the roster. Would he make an impact, in his first game from suspension?
After a fast and furious start to the game, Raiders would take the first penalty of the game, when ex-Bison Dan Scott, being called for Tripping at 5.04. The Bison powerplay set about trying to get an early goal, but it would be Aaron Connolly, the ex-Bison Captain, who would come closest when he would see his shot, clang off the post. A few seconds later, Bison's Richard Bordowski, would also hit the pipework down the other end. Just as the Scott penalty was coming to an end, speedy forward Brandon Ayliffe, would pick up the pick, skate in the Bison zone and get a shot off. The puck would somehow slip through Alex Mettam's pads and agonisingly just trickle over the line, for a short-handed, delayed penalty goal at 7.03. Blahoslav Novak would be credited with an assist on the goal. Mettam would question the goal, but to no avail, as the puck definitely went over the goal line.
At 9.24 JJ Pitchley was given a Holding penalty, but Raiders would kill it off successfully. Bison would then hit the pipework again, Alex Sampford this time, being unlucky. At 19.22, Pitchley would visit the sinbin again, this time it was a Late Hit call. The period ended, with the scoreline, 1-0 to the Raiders.
The 2nd Period started with 1.23 remaining on Pitchley’s penalty. Raiders netminder Michael Gray would make good saves from Ashley Tait and then Adam Jones soon after before Raiders returned to full strength. Bordowski would see his shot go agonisingly close, as Bison searched for the equaliser.
Then Richard would get a penalty, a Late Hit call at 25.13. Raiders took full advantage of the extra man, within seconds they were 2 nil up. A trademark Dan Scott rocket from the blue line, flew past Mettam at 25.39. John Connolly and Novak with assists.
Raiders were definitely enjoying themselves and at 30.26, it got even better, when Jake Sylvester netted at the back post, from a move involving Liam Chong and Juraj Huska. The goal shouldn't have stood though, as Sylvester fouled Dewey on the play before the goal.
Bison were shell-shocked and used this opportunity to take their Time Out. Unfortunately, 20secs later, Alex Sampford was given a Slashing call, but Bison would kill the penalty.
At 34.39, Jake Sylvester would score again, Chong and Huska assisting the goal. It was becoming a rout on the scoreboard. Then Danny Ingoldsby would be called for a Late Hit penalty at 35.17. Raiders weren't finished though, as Aaron Connolly scored on the Powerplay at 35.30. The home side and their fans were ecstatic, unlike the Bison players/fans. But to be fair, Raiders were fully worthy of their lead.
Sean Barry was next to visit the penalty box, when he got called for Holding at 36.54. This time Bison used the extra man and finally broke Gray’s shut-out. Timed at 38.11, Bordowski collected a pass from Tait, he skated all the way around the back of the net before coming out in front and released a wrist shot that beat Gray over his glove hand. Tempers were fraying slightly and at 39.55 Bison were assessed a Penalty on Elliott Dewey. He received a minor for Cross Checking and a minor for Hooking. Coach Tait went to referee Brooks to appeal the call, but then himself then picked up a 10min Misconduct for Abuse of Official. The period ended, with the scoreline reading 5-1 to Raiders.
Bison started the 3rd period with 3.55 still left to kill off Elliott Dewey's penalties. But they did this and returned to full strength. At 47.39, Raiders Julian Smith was called for Interference. Could Bison start a comeback like they did the last time these two teams met, when we found ourselves 5-1 down. Well, that man Bordowski, was certainly in the mood too.
He scored his second goal at 48.42 on the Powerplay, assisted by Adam Jones and Alex Mettam.
Bison were due to go on another powerplay, when Huska slashed Liam Morris, but play continued on the delayed call. Finally, a Raiders player touched the puck to stop the play, but it appeared to kick off in the far corner of the rink. From where I sat, I couldn't see anything, but I could tell something was going on, by the reaction of the fans on the other side of the rink.
As Morris skated towards the box, he appeared to be gesturing towards the Raiders bench. He made a few other gestures (and I will add, I for one wasn't impressed by his actions). Both players were sent to their respective changing rooms and then the penalties were announced. For Raiders Juraj Huska received 2mins for Slashing, John Connolly received 2+2 Fighting and a Match for Kicking and for Bison, Liam Morris received 2+2 Fighting, a Match for Obscene Gestures and a 10min Misconduct. All penalties timed at 49.04
It resulted with Bison going on the powerplay, for Huska's minor penalty. Unfortunately, we couldn't make it count and Raiders returned to full strength. Bison kept plugging away, but it was another one of those nights, where they faced a netminder on form. Michael Gray faced a total of 57 shots and that earned him, the Man of Match.
At 57.13, Raiders Blahoslav Novak received a Cross-Check penalty, but again, as hard as Bison tried, they just couldn't find a way past the inspired Gray. The final few seconds ran down, the final buzzer sounded and the Raiders had extended their impressive recent run of form to 7 victories.
Just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone within the Bison organization (the Players, Management, Backroom Staff and of course, not forgetting, the best fans in the league, a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!