31st of January 2019
Weekend Preview:Its Wildcats in Southern Cup Semi Final Action This WeekendThis weekend sees your Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison in a weekend of Southern Cup Action as we go head to head with the Swindon Wildcats.
On Saturday night the Herd will be stampeding to Swindon’s Link Centre for the first game of the weekend with the action starting at 6.30pm.
On Sunday we return to Basingstoke for the second leg with the game facing off at 5.30pm.
Season tickets are valid for this game as
there was only 25 available games once the league format had been agreed, whilst the package for this season was for 26 games making Sunday’s home leg of the Southern Cup semi-final our 26th game of this year’s season ticket package.
The teams have played each other 3 times already this season with the Wildcats currently edging the series with two wins to the Bison’s one. The Bison won the opening game of the series by 3 goals to 2 in overtime in November and lost 4 – 3 at home in date. In our only game so far this campaign in Swindon the Herd lost 4 – 1.
In league competition Swindon currently sit atop of the pile in first place having played 32 games for a total of 49 points whilst the Bison lie in second spot with 48 points from 31 games.
Tickets for this game are bound to be popular so we would suggest that fans book seats in advance.
You can purchase your tickets 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 have been the team to beat all season and we are looking forward to the series and looking to get to our first final of the year, we are under no illusion that we have to be at the top of our game all weekend in trying to get to the Southern Cup final”.
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% . Renny is the brother of Peterborough Phantoms netminder Jordan.
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.