7th of October 2019
GAME REPORT: Sheffield Steeldogs V's Bison Sunday 6th October 2019Sheffield Steeldogs 4 Trane Basingstoke Bison 3
By Nigel Simmonds
Refs : Miller & Hewitt
Lino's : Carrington & Hardy
MoM Steeldogs : Nathan Salem
MoM Bison : Adam Jones
Nets Mettam (31/4) 87.10%
Bison stats: Jones 1+0, Ralph 1+0, Tait 1+1, Bordowski 0+1, Norcliffe 0+1, Klejna 0+1, Sampford 0+1
& Ryan Sutton 0+1.
Netminder: Mettam 31/4 (87.10%)
Steeldogs stats: Luka 2+0, Danecek 1+0, Ashley 1+0, Morgan 0+2, Elliott 0+1, Brownley 0+1, Salem 0+1 & Thompson 0+1
Netminder: Zimozdra (35/3) 91.43%
PiMs : Steeldogs 20 Bison 6
Following a resounding home victory over the Phantoms on Sat evening, your Trane Basingstoke Bison travelled up to South Yorkshire, to the Steel city, to face the Sheffield Steeldogs.
The game started at a furious pace with both teams trying to get into each other’s defensive zones.
Bison's Liam Morris was called for a Late Hit at 2.35. From the resulting PP, Steeldogs almost took the lead, from a redirected shot from the point, but thankfully the puck came back off the bar and went to safety. Bison killed off the penalty and returned to full strength.
The Bison were enjoying more of the play and they also saw a shot come back off the pipework, when Norcliffe hit the post. Steeldogs then got a penalty, when Reece Cochrane shot the puck out of play in his own zone, timed at 8.01.
As hard as Bison tried, they just couldn't find a way past Zimozdra in the Steeldogs net. Steeldogs returned to full strength.
Neither team were looking like they would break the deadlock as the period was nearing the end, but just like a commentator’s curse, that quickly changed. Michal Klejna picking up the puck to the side of the Bison net. Then he committed the ultimate no-no in ice hockey and skated in front of Alex Mettam, neither of them appeared to see Steeldogs import Jan Danecek sneak up and he poked checked the puck off Klejna's stick and it beat Mettam through the 5-hole. A real soft goal to give away.
Thankfully, Bison wouldn't take to too long to reply, as firstly Danecek & then Lewis Bell picked up minor penalties in quick succession, putting Bison on a 5-on-3, with just over a minute to play. Ashley Tait & George Norcliffe set up Adam Jones on the point and he shot it low & hard past Zimozdra, for a Powerplay goal, timed at 19.25.
The period ended at 1 goal each.
The 2nd period started with Bison still on the powerplay, for 55 secs, but Steeldogs saw that penalty off. Bison took the lead when Tommy Ralph scored his 3rd consecutive goal on the road, when his shot from the point found its way past Zimozdra. I think he'd deffo want that goal back. Goal was timed at 22.08, assists coming from Harding & Bordowski. Then, like in previous weeks, Bison let their opponents back in the game. With Klejna in the box serving a Slashing call, Sheffield scored 2 quick goals.
A Powerplay goal from Ashley Calvert, assisted by Morgan & Salem (27.45) & then 25 secs later, with Bison back at full strength, Steeldogs other import Vladimir Luka slotted home from close range to put Sheffield back in the lead, with Thompson & Elliott assisting the goal (28.10). Bison were given a couple more chances of the man advantage, when James Spurr (Slashing at 32.20) & a bit later, Ashley Calvert (also Slashing, at 38.07), but again Bison just weren't clinical enough in front of net and the chances came & went.
Then at 38.54, Ben Morgan Cross Checked Ryan Sutton in front of the Steeldogs net. Morgan was called, but unbelievably Sutton was called too, for Diving !!
The 2nd Period ended with the scoreline..... Steeldogs 3 Bison 2.
Into the 3rd period, with Bison still on the PP, only 8 secs advantage this time. That was seen off quickly and Bison set about trying to find the equalizing goal. A chance came almost instantly. Tim Smith getting called for High-Sticks just 33 secs into the final period. It would prove costly this time. Klejna picked up the puck, moved it smoothly to Sutton, who made space for himself and his pass across the goal found an unmarked Ashley Tait, who buried the puck past Zimozdra. Goal was timed at 41.30. Bison were back on the hunt and soon after, they thought they'd scored again.
Alex Sampford skated in and got a hard shot off, the puck looped up. Now, because the play was down the far end from the supporters, we weren't sure where the puck had landed, but after a few seconds of nothing, the light went on and the fans, like the players on the ice celebrated what we thought was the go ahead goal. However, Mr Hewitt didn't actually signal the goal. He consulted with one linesman...... and then the other one..... Then he consulted with fellow ref, Mr Miller. What seemed like forever, but was only about a couple of minutes, they disallowed the goal. (I found out afterwards, that the "official" word was, that the puck had landed on the top of the net, the Bison player had flipped the puck up and the puck hut Zimozdra's back and rolled over the line). The goal was ruled out because they deemed the play was dead, when the puck was on top of the net.
The Bison had another couple of powerplay chances, firstly Charlie Thompson was given a Face Off Violation penalty at 47.26, but it was killed & then Jordan Griffin was called for Hooking at 49.55. This prompted Steeldogs to use their Time Out and just try to take away any momentum Bison had.
Again, it was another successful penalty kill by Steeldogs. Unfortunately, Bison would rue all their missed man advantage opportunities. At 53.08, Sheffield's import Vladimir Luka would snap his shot, over Mettam's shoulder and ripple the net top shelf. Craig Elliott with the line assist.
Jordan Griffin was called for Roughing at 54.27, but we just couldn't get the all-important game-tying goal and Steeldogs got back to full strength.
The final 3 minutes came and went, with Sheffield breaking down any Bison advance and Just playing the puck around amongst themselves, killing the clock. The final buzzer went and after a more improved road performance, the Bison came away with nothing to show for their efforts.