6th of November 2019
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Tigers & Bees for the Herd this WeekendAnother tough weekend of NIHL National league hockey awaits the Trane Basingstoke Bison, with the Telford Tigers in town on Saturday, face off 6.30pm, and an away game against the Bracknell Bees on Sunday, which has a 5.30pm face off.
Tigers who occupy 2nd place in the league, are making their second visit to Basingstoke this season, the first resulted in an exciting 7-5 victory for the Bison.
However in Shropshire a few weeks later, Telford took the points with a
3-2 score line, the winner coming at 59.30.
Import forward Dominik Florian leads the points scoring with 22 (10+12) closely followed by the long serving Brit Scott McKenzie, on 21 (7+14).
Since the teams last met, Tigers have signed Brandon Whistle from Sheffield Steelers, and he has weighed in with 8 pts (5+3) from just 7 appearances. D-man Thomas McKinnon heads the PIM’s with 34.
To say Telford have had something of an injury crisis recently is an understatement, for their away game against Hull last Sunday, they had 8 regulars missing, including the highly experienced trio of Jonathan Weaver, Jason Silverthorn and Rick Plant, yet the OT loss in Hull was only their 3rd defeat this season.
Sunday sees the Bison taking on 7th placed Bracknell Bees at the Hive, where the face off is 5.30pm.
Just 3 weeks ago at the same venue, a large number of the Bison faithful saw the
Herd ‘Stampede’ the home team, with a resounding 9-2 victory, thanks in the main to 4 goals from Michal Klejna and a Ryan Sutton hat trick.
Bracknell’s scoring is headed by their imports, Roman Malinik with 12 (8+4) and Robin Kovar on 9 (5+4), leading Brit is Vanya Antonov who has a 6+3 points record, he also rather surprisingly features as their top penalty taker with 59 minutes, mainly courtesy of the 55 he accrued in Romford last Sunday.
Veteran forward James Galazzi made a welcome return to the Bees line up last weekend following injury, but Gareth O’Flaherty has had leave the Hive due to travel issues.
Hive Seating Arrangements: Due to the expected large number of Bison fans making the trip to Bracknell, we have been allocated Block 2, not Block 4 which is the normal area for visiting supporters.