The Trane Basingstoke Bison are saddened to have learned of the passing of Gavin Tait, father of our Head Coach Ashley Tait.

Gavin was well known in the hockey world having followed both Ashley’s and his brother Warren’s careers.

All of us at the Bison send our sincere condolences to Ashley, Warren, his sister Joanne and all the family and their...
1st of October 2019

MATCH REPORT: Peterborough Phantoms V's Bison Sunday 29th September 2019

Final Score: Peterborough Phantoms 5 - 1 Trane Basingstoke Bison

Referees : Cuglietta & Miller
Linesman : Earl & Pullar

MoM Phantoms: Jordan Marr
MoM Bison: Tommy Ralph

Bison stats: Ralph 1+0, Bordowski 0+1, Harding 0+1.

Netminder: Mettam 34/5 (85.29%)

Phantoms stats: Hunt 1+0, Petr Stepanek 1+1, Buglass 1+1, Billing 1+0, Ferrara 1+0, Norton 0+1, Robson 0+1, Pollard 0+2, Susters 0+1, Padelek 0+2.
Netminder: Marr 31/1 (96.77%)

PIM's: Bison 18 – Phantoms 22

With Phantoms losing on Saturday evening to a 5-0 drubbing by Swindon, I think, like myself, the travelling Bison fans expected the Phantoms would come out all guns blazing and they weren’t wrong. After just 24secs, Tom Norton & Ales Padelek combined to set up James Ferrara, who shot the puck past Alex Mettam, for the worst possible start for the Bison.

Moments later, Bison Player/Coach Ashley Tait got called for Hooking, but the Bison PK saw off the penalty. Then Tommy Ralph got called for Holding the Stick and Phantoms were back on PP.

A play involving Susters and Buglass, found Petr Stepanak at the back post and he fired past a sprawling Mettam, to make it 2-0 at 5.07.

The Bison were shell-shocked, enough so for them to call their Time-Out and strong words were relayed out by Coach Tait. It appeared to have an effect, as Bison tightened up and started moving the puck around.

At 17.03, Phantoms Will Weldon, was called for Hooking, but Phantoms would return to full strength and that ended the 1st Period. Phantoms 2 Bison 0

The Bison started brightly in the 2nd period, looking to get on the board, but the chances came and went without any goals. Then Bison hit a bit of penalty trouble, due mainly to the real inconsistency of the officiating.
George Norcliffe picking up a real soft Hooking call at 26.59, but Bison killed off the penalty. Then Michal Klejna, reacted to a late hit on him and he was given a Roughing call at 29.18. Halfway through this penalty, there was a clear penalty that should’ve been called but wasn’t given by Mr Miller.

This really incensed the Bison bench and they received an Unsportsmanlike penalty too. So, Phantoms were basically handed a 5-on-3 PP for just over a minute, but the Bison rear-guard stood firm and every Phantoms attack was thwarted, and Bison eventually returned to full strength.

At 36.17, Phantoms Nathan Long got called for a Tripping call. The Bison powerplay unit went out and as the puck made its way around to Tommy Ralph, he had enough time to take aim and fire in an unstoppable bullet from the blueline, past an unsighted Jordan Marr. The scoreline was halved and we were back in the game. Nearing the end of the period, Bison were awarded another man advantage, as Susters was given a Holding the Stick call at 38.56. A couple of chances went begging and at the 2nd interval, the scoreline read .... Phantoms 2 Bison 1.

The Bison started the 3rd period with just under a minute still on Susters penalty. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way past Marr. But as soon as that penalty finished Will Weldon’s Tripping call, put Bison back on the PP.

Again, as hard as they tried, we just couldn’t get the equaliser and I’m afraid that would be very telling. Phantoms killed the penalty and a couple of minutes later, Callum Buglass would break Bison fans hearts, by firing the puck past Alex Mettam from the point. I’m sure his shot took a slight defection on the way, which flat-footed Mettam. Goal timed at 47.56 with an assist going to Scott Robson.

Tommy Ralph picked up a Tripping call at 49.57 but saw off the penalty. Then at 53.30, Phantoms piled on more misery, when they capitalised on a poor clearance, by the Bison defence and young Jarvis Hunt was found at the back post by Stepanak and Nathan Pollard was also credited with an assist.

With just over 5 mins to go, the game took a little sour note. Frustrations boiled over, after Alex Sampford was pushed into Jordan Marr, obviously the Phantoms players reacted badly, even though it was one of their own guys that flattened Sampford into Marr.

From the resulting scuffles, we ended up with not one, not two, but 3 fights on the ice. Ralph & Gretton, Sampford & Weldon and Harding & Raynor. The first pair receiving 2+2 for Fighting and both other pairs, just getting 2+2 Roughing calls.

A few seconds later, Adam Jones was given a Cross Check penalty, when he floored James Ferrara in front of the Bison net. From the resulting powerplay, Phantoms killed the game off, when Glen Billing finished off a move, assisted by Padelek and J Ferrara, at 57.04.

There was still time for one more penalty, a High Sticking call on Ferrara, at 57.44. Phantoms would see off the penalty and the final buzzer sounded. Unfortunately, it was another road loss for the Bison.