Slovakian overseas player Michal Klejna returns for a second season in the Herd uniform as exclusively revealed earlier today in the Basingstoke Gazette.

Klejna completes the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison overseas roster for the 2019 / 20 season and will once again ice alongside Richard Bordowski as our two overseas players.

31 year old, 6í1Ē tall Michal...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
20th of January 2019

GAME REPORT: Bison v's Milton Keynes Thunder Saturday 19th January 2019

Final Score: Trane Basingstoke Bison 7 MK Thunder 2

By: Nigel Simmonds

Ref: Evans
Linoís: Finch & Strain

MoM Bison: Morris
MoM Thunder: Grinnell-Parke

Bison Stats: Morris 3+1, Wilson 1+2, Evans 1+1, Harding 1+1, Sampford 1+0, Bordowski 0+2, Ralph 0+2, Cowley 0+1, Ingoldsby 0+1, King 0+1, Petts 0+1.

Nets: Mettam 21/2 (90.48%)

Thunder Stats: Rubes 1+1, O'Flaherty 1+0, Green 0+1, Stone 0+1, Whyte 0+1.

Nets: Annetts 25/5 (80.00%) Lawday 9/2 (77.78%)

PiMs: Bison 4 Thunder 2

Another Saturday evening, meant only one thing, it's "Hockey Night in Basingstoke"!!

After last Saturdays enthralling demolition of the Bees, tonightís game would be somewhat different, as lowly MK Thunder were in town. Letís just say, the games between the two teams this season, havenít been classics. Just getting the "W" is all that was needed.

Ex-Bison Tommy Annetts started in goal for the visitors, with Alex Mettam between the pipes for the Bison.

Bison took an early lead, when Liam Morris picked up the puck from Adam Harding and skated in from the left wing, releasing a hard, low wrist shot, which beat Annetts under his pads. Goal timed at 2.22 and Paul Petts also picked up an assist on the goal.

MK surprisingly equalised with the clock on 7.00. A good flowing move between Tomas Rubes & Oliver Stone, set up Gareth O'Flaherty ghosting in at the back post and he dispatched the puck past Mettam.

But the Bison soon took back the lead. At 10.05, Hallam Wilson's feed found Jay King on the point and he one-timed the puck and highly promising youngster Oscar Evans, managed to redirect the puck past a despairing Annetts, who was sliding the other way.

The score stayed the same for the rest of the period, so at the first interval, the scoreline read Bison 2 MK 1. Mettam faced 10 shots & Annetts only faced 8.

Into the second period and Bison took full control of the game. They made it 3-1, when Hallam Wilson scored a nice goal. Danny Ingoldsby picking up the puck in the neutral zone, fed Oscar Evans, whose shot was blocked, but Hallam picked up the puck, skated round the MK defence & slotted home from a tight angle, again underneath Annetts pads. Goal timed at 23.12.

MK were offering very little in the second period, in fact they only registered 3 shots on goal, compared to Bison, who peppered 17 shots on Annetts.

At 35.58, Bison made it 4-1. Tommy Ralph and Hallam Wilson combining well to set up Liam Morris, who skated into the MK zone and let rip with an amazing wrister, which flew past Annetts. It was a lovely snipe!

Just under a couple of minutes later, it was 5-1 to the home side. 'Dr' Russ Cowley & Richard Bordowski tormented the MK defence by dropping, cycling and passing the puck between themselves. Then Alex Sampford moved into position at the side of the goal and Cowley found him and Sampford stuffed away the puck away behind Annetts. Goal timed at 37.31.

It was getting a bit like a training session out there and to be fair, I really struggle watching games like this. Don't get me wrong, as long as Bison win and score as many goals as they can, it just doesn't have the same intensity of a local derby match, when there's so much more to play for.

Ref Blaine Evans was letting so much stuff go, I actually thought he was on a promise and wanted to get home ASAP. But then, he did finally call the first penalty of the evening. Adam Harding was given a pretty lame Hooking call at 39.31, especially as some of the previous offences that had gone before, went uncalled. The final few seconds run down and at the second period break, the scoreline read.......... Bison 5 MK 1.

With the scoreline as it was, the Bison Coach took the decision to rest a couple of guys (including himself) and give the other members of the team, more shifts out on the ice. Russ Cowley & Michal Klejna, also being given an early night off. I'd imagine with Sunday night's big game in Bracknell on his mind, Ash wanted the more senior skilful guys, as fresh as possible & also not wanting them to chance picking up a needless injury at the hands of an MK side, that have been guilty of a few poor hits in previous games.

Anyways, back to the game..........

Jordan Lawday replaced Tommy Annetts at the start of the 3rd period. MK still had 1.31 on the Powerplay, from Harding's penalty late in the second. Bison managed to kill off the penalty and it wasn't long before they increased their lead to 6-1.

The sometimes fiery Liam Morris, showing why Ashley Tait signed him back in the summer, when he completed his Hat-Trick at 43.48. Morris skating hard into the MK zone to get to a loose puck that Lawday came out to try and play, but Liam just managed to get a poke on the puck and it wriggled between the pads of Lawday and slid into the net. Tommy Ralph picking up another assist.

To be fair, MK actually tried much harder in this period and were rewarded for their efforts at 54.46, when Thunder import Tomas Rubes finished nicely top shelf from a tight angle, to beat Mettam. Alex Whyte & Ross Green picking up assists on the goal.

Rio Grinnell-Parke would pick up a Boarding call at 56.06 and the Bison PP would make him pay, when "new boy" Adam Harding opened his Bison account at 57.10. Bordowski feeding Morris, whose snapshot was saved by Lawday, but Harding was on hand to fire home the juicy rebound.

Into the final two minutes of the game and Bison got called for a needless Bench minor, for Too Many Men. Honestly don't think it was a penalty, but Linesman Strain thought otherwise & even though the bench contested it, Sam Smith skated across to sit the penalty at 59.14.

The last few seconds ran down and at the buzzer, the final score read........ Trane Basingstoke Bison 7 MK Thunder 2

Certainly not the prettiest of games, but a Win's a Win and that's all that matters right now.

Bison travel to Bracknell tonight to take on the Bees again. This is proving to be a very eventful series of games. Let's get another "W" under our belts!!