Last night the EIHA shared some great news for our plans to return to competitive play, when they announced that they had successfully secured from the government £1.2m for the three NIHL divisions.

This has been down to the determined efforts of the EIHA Board, and in particular board member Andrew Miller who has worked tirelessly as our NIHL National liaison...
11th of November 2019

GAME REPORT: Bracknell Bees V's Bison Sunday 10th November 2019

Final Score: Bracknell Bees 2 Trane Basingstoke Bison 3

Refs: Mr Hands and Mr Sevruk
Lino's: Mr Earl and Miss Lack

MoM Bees: Malinik
MoM Bison: Harewood

Bees Stats: B Baird 1+0, Malinik 1+0, Kovar 0+1, H Stead 0+1.
Nets: Goss 27/3 (88.89%)

Bison Stats: Klejna 1+1, Sampford 1+1, Malinsky 1+0, Harding 0+1, Harewood 0+1, Morris 0+1, Tait 0+1.
Nets: Weller-Evans 23/2 (91.30%)

PiMs: Bees 24 Bison 8

SOG: Bees 27 Bison 23

After a good result the previous evening, Bison finally winning with Player/Coach Ashley Tait's winner in OT, against the high flying Telford Tigers, the Trane Basingstoke Bison made the short trip up the M3, to face their old arch rivals, the Bracknell Bees, hoping to repeat the 9-2 score line they inflicted on the Bees, less than a month ago.

Bison still missing Messrs Bordowski & Ralph. But tonight, Bison were also missing the very impressive Sam Talbot, who was playing for his other team, the Slough Jets. He's been putting in some great performances in a Bison jersey lately, so his presence will be missed.

As it was Remembrance Sunday, there was 2 minutes silence, after a poignant rendition of the Last Post, in honour of all the fallen servicemen, that made the ultimate sacrifice, of their lives.
It was impeccably observed by everyone in attendance. - LEST WE FORGET!!

Onto the action, as the official dropped the puck for the start of the game. It was a lively start with both teams creating early opportunities. Bees would pick up the first penalty, when Will Stead was given a Hooking call (4.32). Bison didn't really create a lot, but George Norcliffe did test Goss with a shot from close range.

At 7.20, Bees would get their chance with the man advantage, as Liam Morris just missed the plexi, when trying to clear the zone and picked up a Delay of Game penalty. But like Bison, Bees created very little and Bison killed it off successfully. Then at 10.35, James Galazzi would pick up a Cross Check penalty. Again, Bison just couldn't find a clear shooting lane and Bees saw off the penalty.
It was quite a tight period of play, with neither team really testing each otherís netties. The officials looked like they didn't really want to be there either, as blatant Trips, Slashes, Hooks & Elbows, were going uncalled. However at 17.52, they had to make a call, when Aidan Doughty piled Ryan Sutton into the boards viciously. 2 + 10 Boarding was the call, but I felt he was quite lucky to still be in the game. It was quite reckless and Sutts could've sustained an injury. Anyways, again the Bison PP failed to convert, and Bees returned to full strength just before the end of the period. Scoreless after 20 minutes.

Into the 2nd period and again it was a tight affair early on. A lot of the advances forward would get quashed at the Blue line or the puck would be fired in around the boards and then cleared out the other side.

Adam Harding was called for Hooking at 25.52 and this time, it would prove costly. Harvey Stead and Kovar creating the play for Brendan Baird, to pick his spot and fire past Dan to give Bees the lead, at 26.38. Entering the halfway mark and Bees would hit penalty trouble. Firstly Joe Baird (30.24) with a Cross Check penalty & soon after, Roman Malinik (30.45) picked up an Elbows call, when he caught Jay King high on the boards, which one 'Bees fan' felt Jay produced an "Oscar Winning Performance" for, to fool the refs......... Seriously? Don't know what game, she was watching !!

However, that would give the Bison a good amount of time on the 2 man advantage, although Bison's last two 5-on-3's have not gone well and we've failed to capitalise on them. This time though it would be different ........ Tait, Jones, Klejna all passing the puck around, trying to set up each other. Then Tait found Klej at the back door and his quick pass found Alex Sampford in the slot and he fired the puck past Goss, who'd been dragged out of position. Goal timed at 31.28 and that brought a sigh of relief from all the travelling Bison fans, as we were back in the game. Bison did have a little time left with the other PP, but Bees killed it off.

Brendan Baird would pick up another penalty, this time a Slashing call at 36.34, but Bees PK units did their job and returned to full strength. That was all the action in the period and at the 2nd interval, the scores were tied at 1 apiece with all to play for in the 3rd period.

It was a completely different game, than last time these two teams met and going into the final stanza, because of how tight the game was, it was obvious the next goal, that would prove to be quite important. Thankfully for all the Bison fans, it would the best possible start to the 3rd period. Liam Morris and young star Bayley Harewood would set up Michal Klejna at the back post and his shot found its way past Goss and lit the lamp. Goal timed at 41.16.

Soon after, Bison Captain Elliott Dewey picked up a Tripping call, but Bison held firm under some pretty constant pressure from the Bees PP., with Dan keeping out everything fired at him.

At 45.28, a coming together between Galazzi & Klejna down the far end, would travel the whole length up the ice, with both players jawing at each other all the way. Both players picking up Misconduct penalties. Soon after and with Elliott Dewey being assessed a Hooking call, Bees tied the game on the delayed penalty, when former Bison, Roman Malinik managed to sneak his shot past Weller-Evans, with Dan being slightly unsighted. Goal timed at 46.09.

Now back all square at 2 apiece, it was proving to be a real tight, tense affair. The next goal was going to be important and it would be Bison's new boy Marek Malinsky, that would get it. After a scrappy goalmouth scramble, Malinsky managed to pick up the puck and backhand it past a prone Goss. Assists going to Sampford & Harding.

The last 10 minutes seemed to take ages to wind down, but chances still came and went. The biggest chance was when Doughty was sent clear, but Dan stood tall and pulled off another brilliant save to keep us in front. We entered the final 2 minutes and Bees were getting desperate to get the equalizer. With just over a minute left and with the puck froze in the Bison zone, Bees used their Time Out. Goss remained on the bench and Bees went with the extra attacker. Shots were being fired in, but thankfully, they didn't reach their target. Bison iced the puck, piling on more pressure, but we stood firm and as the final few seconds ticked down, we held on to get the win.
But that wasn't the end of the drama. Just as the buzzer sounded, James Galazzi appeared to catch Ollie Stone with a High Stick, leaving Ollie with a facial wound gushing with blood. No call was forthcoming, and the handshakes took place, amid some booing, mainly aimed at Galazzi.

Bison's MoM was Bayley Harewood and what a talent this kid is proving to be. Very well deserved indeed.

Bison had managed back to back 4-point weekends and Dan Weller-Evans has starred in every one of those wins.

Next weekend, we only have one game, a road trip to Romford on Sunday. Looking forward to it already.