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Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
26th of March 2019

GAME REPORT: Bison v's Streatham Sunday 24th March 2019

Final Score: Trane Basingstoke Bison 5 Streatham RedHawks 2

By Nigel Simmonds

Ref: Pickett
Lino’s: Cook & Strain

MoM Streatham: Roberts

MoM Bison: Morris

Bison Stats: Bordowski 2+1, Ingoldsby 1+0, Klejna 1+0, Norcliffe 1+0, Cowley 0+2, Harding 0+1, King 0+1, Tait 0+1.

Nets: Mettam 25/2 (92.00%)

RedHawks Stats: Quiney 1+0, Soar 1+0, Jamieson 0+1, Roberts 0+1, Russell 0+1, Siagris 0+1.

Nets: King 33/5 (84.85%)

PiMs: Bison 14 Streatham 12

After Saturday evenings exciting 5-2 victory in South London, the Trane sponsored Bison welcomed the Streatham RedHawks to Basingstoke, for the Britton Conference Q/Final 2nd Leg.

Mr Pickett the referee for this one.

Straight from the off, you could tell Streatham had come to set out their stall, as they looked to score early, to eat into the 3-goal deficit, that they faced after the 1st Leg with Alex Mettam facing early shots from Leigh Jamieson & Michael Farn.

Jamieson would take the first penalty of the game, when he was called for Holding, at 5.57. Bison Coach Ashley Tait, would then get called for Cross-Checking at 7.06 and both teams would see off their respective penalties.

Bison took a little time to get into the game, but had a great opportunity to score when Tait forced a turnover, which Michal Klejna pounced upon and sent a pass across ice to Russ Cowley, but he snatched at the chance and fired the puck high and out of play. But it was only delaying the inevitable. At 16.15, with Russ Cowley involved again, he brought a good save from King, but with the puck laying in the crease, Richard Bordowski was the quickest to the puck and he just tapped the puck over the line.

The lead was now 4 on aggregate, but Streatham came straight back and scored. Alex Roberts and Jamieson were involved setting up Rupert Quiney, who saw his first shot charged down, but it fell really kind for him and he made no mistake the second time, beating Mettam, at 17.49. This gave the RedHawks a brief glimmer of hope.

At the buzzer, the scoreline read... Bison 1 Streatham 1 (6-3 on agg).

At the start of the 2nd period, it would be BOTW Player of the Year, George Norcliffe, who almost gave Bison the perfect start. He had 2 great chances to extend Bison's lead, but King was equal to both attempts. Andreas Siagris then came down the other end at speed and fired a shot on Mettam, but Alex just stuck out a glove and denied him.

From the face-off, Streatham would get the go-ahead goal (24.37) through Tom Soar. Siagris won the draw, passed back to Ben Russell on the point and his shot was tipped in front of net by Soar.

Occasionally, there are points in games that can turn the whole game upside down. Liam Morris got called for Holding the Stick (31.59) and from that resulting penalty, Bison would get a complete stranglehold on the game from not one, but two short-handed goals. The first was just a harmless clearance down the ice from Russ Cowley, but Ashley Tait saw an opportunity to race down and put pressure on the lone d-man. This he did and with Michal Klejna skating in all alone, Tait put the pass straight on his stick and Klejna fired the puck past King (33.04). The home fans erupted at this, but just 10secs later they would be in dreamland, as Adam Harding set up Bordowski and he also fired past a hapless King.

Then with Bison still shorthanded, Bordowski chased down a Streatham player and got called for Hooking (33.34). This gave RedHawks a small 2-man advantage, but Bison would kill both penalties off.

In the last minute of the 2nd period and Leigh Jamieson would get involved with a couple of Bison d-men. He got called for Roughing, but not wanting to let it go, he also picked up a Hooking penalty too (39.33).

The 3rd started and Bison still had 3.27 of PP left on Jamieson's double minor penalties. Bordowski came close to scoring, when he skated in, got a shot away, but all you heard was the clang of iron, as the puck hit the post. Just before the penalty ended, Alex Sampford did exactly the same thing, the clang of iron was for all to hear.

Streatham were running out of ideas, but Bison just appeared to be getting stronger. This was proved when Danny Ingoldsby beautifully, dispossessed a Streatham player and skated in alone and fired low and hard past King (53.04).

This just appeared to wind up the RedHawks, as there was a coming together on the boards just by the Streatham bench. Hallam Wilson and Ben Russell involved. Don't know what Hallam was doing/saying, but Russell reacted by throwing punches. The linesman struggled to get them apart, but when they finally did, Russell received just 2 mins for Roughing, whilst Wilson got 2 mins for Roughing and a further 2 mins for Incitement. Timed at 55.48.

We entered the final 2 mins of the game, but there was still time for Bison to put the final nail in Streatham's coffin. Richard Bordowski playing a blinder, set up George Norcliffe to fire home from close range, Jay King also getting an assist (58.51).

From the restart, the bad feeling carried on. Josh Condren decided to trade blows with Adam Harding. Adam proved too strong and had an easy take down. Both received 2 + 2 each for Fighting (59.04)

The final few seconds ran down and at the final buzzer, Bison had won the game 5-2, with an aggregate score of 10-4.

This victory sets up a mouth-watering Semi-Final clash with Peterborough Phantoms next weekend.