21st of November 2019
WEEKEND PREVIEW: It's Bees in Town & On the Road to HullFor the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison itís a return to a 2 game NIHL National league weekend, first up is a home game against the Bracknell Bees on Saturday, face off 6.30pm. Sunday sees the Herd make their first trip of the season to Humberside to play the Hull Pirates, face off is 5.30pm.
8th placed Bracknell are making their 2nd visit to the Silverdome this season, this will be the 4th game in the series. Currently the Bison have a 3-0 lead courtesy of a 4-2 home win and a pair of victories in the Hive.
While the Bison are unbeaten in their last 5 games, the Bees have one win from the same number, this being a thrilling win on home ice against Hull which went to a shootout and saw Roman Malinik score all 3 of his penalties.
Malinik leads the points scoring for Bracknell with 15 (9+6), recently released import Robin Kovar is 2nd with 11 (6+5), while Josh Martin is the highest placed Brit, recording 11 (1+10). Martin also heads the penalty minutes with 50, Aidan Doughty is close behind on 46.
Following Kovarís release, Bracknell moved swiftly to bring in 26 year old Slovakian forward Dominik Gabaj, who may make his debut in Basingstoke. In addition to this signing, Joshua Ealey-Newman has made the move up from the Hornets to become a permanent member of the Bees roster.
Sundayís fixture at the Hull Arena will see the Bison look to level the series following the Pirates 4-3 overtime win in Basingstoke last month.
At the time of writing, Hull occupy 5th place in the standings, just 2 pts behind the Herd with both teams having played 16 games.
The Pirates attack boasts 3 of the top points scorers in the league, player/coach Jason Hewitt has 34 (11+23) from 13 games, Lee Bonner 27 (13+14) from 15 and Bobby Chamberlain has 25 (14+11) from just 11. Hewitt and Chamberlain also head Hullís penalty minutes, with 40 and 41 respectively.
Head coach Hewitt has made a couple of additions to the Hull roster since the teams last met, bringing in both forward David Norris who made 32 Elite league appearances for MKL, and defence man Steve Chalmers, who having iced for Coventry Blaze on 135 occasions between 2012/16 will be well known to Bison head coach Ashley Tait.
Itís safe to say, another tough weekend lies in store for the Bison as they look to extend their 5 game winning streak.
The Bison have also announced that the last day to order light & dark replica playing jerseys for guaranteed Christmas delivery is this weekend Saturday 23rd November 2019.