27th of November 2019
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Friday Night in Swindon Followed by Raiders in Town on SaturdayFor the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison it’s a change to the traditional Saturday and Sunday schedule, as this weekends NIHL National league action is taking place on Friday and Saturday night.
Friday will see the Bison head to the Link Centre in Swindon, where face off is 7.30pm, to take on the Swindon Wildcats. Then it’s back to the Silverdome on Saturday, to welcome the London Raiders, face off for this game is 6.30pm.
Swindon Wildcats are the league leaders once again, they regained top spot from Telford last weekend, having dropped to 2nd for a short spell.
The Wildcats attack contains 2 of leagues top 3 points scorers, Tomasz Malasinski has 43 (14+29) and Aaron Nell 39 (20+19) both have played 20 games.
While these two are the main offensive outlet for Swindon, the Herd will need to keep a close eye on Edgars Bebris 28 pts (14+14) and Chris Jones 24 pts (13+11) who are a formidable threat on their own. Max Birbraer has racked up 24 pts (8+16) in just 10 games, but last weekend Swindon finally saw summer signing, Tyler VanKleef, make his long awaited debut, therefore Birbraer who played on a game by game basis, may not be able feature in this game.
The Wildcats attack is not their only strong point, they have the lowest number of penalty minutes in the league, just 234, Neil Liddiard with 30 has the most individual minutes, and the tightest defence, conceding only 58 goals in 20 games.
Saturday night sees the Raiders in town for their 2nd visit of the season.
Coached by Sean Easton and captained by ex-Bison favourite Aaron Connolly, Raiders currently occupy 7th spot in the table.
Top points scorers are Jake Sylvester on 20 (11+9) and Lukas Sladkovsky with 17 (8+9). Recent signing, import forward Erik Piatak, has made a productive start, scoring 6 goals and providing 4 assists.
They have the leagues 3rd highest number of penalty minutes, 409. Leading the way in that department are Mason Webster and Jack Flynn with 70 and 65 PIMs respectively.
Former Bison Dan Scott (27) Sean Barry (25), are the senior figures in a Raiders defence which has conceded 86 goals, the most in the NIHL National league.
Following the Bison’s recent shootout win in Romford, the series between to two teams has us leading 2-1. Raiders having previously inflicted a heavy defeat on the Bison in the same rink, while the Herd came back from 2-0 down in the home game to win 4-2.
So we can look forward to another thrilling encounter