LEAGUE FORMAT CONFIRMED FOR 2019 / 20 SEASON

The clubs and management of the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) held their annual section meetings this past weekend and agreed the format of competitions for the 2019/20 season starting in September.

A new ten team national division, NIHL National, comes into existence to sit above the long-standing Division 1 and 2 which are both regionalised into North and...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
29th of March 2019

Weekend Preview: Phantoms in NIHL Play Off Semi Final Series

This weekend the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison continue the defence of the NIHL South Play Off championship and a place in the Coventry Final Four weekend with a Semi-Final series of games against the Peterborough Phantoms.

Following last weekends emphatic aggregate 10 – 4 series win versus Streatham, the Herd are back in action on home ice on Saturday night with a 6.30pm face off followed by an away leg in Peterborough with a 5.30pm face off.

On this weekend’s game Coach Tait commented, “Game against the Phantoms have been very tight all season, the boys have trained well this week and we are prepared for a battle. This weekend more than ever we need our fans to be loud and vocal in their support!”.

In the 6 league games against the Phantoms this season the spoils have been shared 3 games all. At home the Bison have lost twice once in October 1 – 2 and again in February 2 – 3 whilst being victorious in the home game in December 4 -3.

Whilst away in Peterborough the Bison lost the first game in November 1 – 3 and won the next 2 road games 3 – 2 in overtime in December and a 5 – 3 victory at the end of January. In the Southern Cup Final the Phantoms came out on top with a 1 goal aggregate lead after the two legs.

Also, this weekend after the game instead of our usual Signing and Autograph session in the bar, the whole Bison team will be doing the Autograph Session in the skate hire area as a thank you to all our loyal fans for your loyalty and support this season, so bring your cameras and memorabilia that you need signing for this one-off event.

This week’s programme has your 2018 / 19 Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison official team photograph as the centre spread and there will also be a limited run of A3 full colour posters for supporters to purchase from the merchandise table.