9th of January 2020
Weekend Preview: Pirates & Tigers for the Herd this WeekendThis weekends NIHL National League action sees the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison taking on 5th place Hull Pirates at home, and table topping Telford Tigers away.
Saturday’s fixture against the Pirates at the Basingstoke Silverdome, has the normal 6.30pm face off.
Hull are 4 points behind the Bison, but with 2 games in hand, their recent form show home wins against Swindon,Sheffield and Leeds, plus losses away to MKL and Sheffield.
One thing spectators are pretty much guaranteed from games involving Hull is goals, and at both ends, they score on average 4.70 goals per game, while conceding 4.733.
The Pirates roster contains the leagues top points scorer in Jasón Hewitt, who has accumulated 70 pts (27+43) in 28 games, alongside him are Lee Bonner 51 pts (26+25) from 30 and Bobby Chamberlain 49 pts (28+21) from 25, while at the opposite end of the ice, net minder Ashley Smith has a save per shots average of just 86.4%, which ranks him 17th in the National league’s net minding stats.
In the 2 games played between the sides this season, the Pirates have come out on top in both, a 4-3 overtime win in Basingstoke, was followed by a 6-4 win in Hull, so a win from the Herd is overdue.
On Sunday Ash and the boys head to Shropshire to take on the league leaders Telford Tigers, face off is 6.00pm.
Tigers have a 7 point lead over 2nd place Swindon having played one game less than the Wildcats, that’s some achievement considering the number of injuries they’ve suffered.
Their recent form has produced 4 wins, and just one loss, although that was on home ice against MKL.
Import forward Dominik Florián leads the Tigers points scoring with 51 (23+28) from 31 games, experienced British forward Scott McKenzie is just behind on 48 (21+27) also from 31, while Brandon Whistle, who Tigers signed from Sheffield Steelers in October last year, has 32 points (12+20) from 23 games.
Net minder Brad Day, is ranked 5th with a save per shot average of 90.2%, and has played a key part in helping his defence become the 2nd meanest in the league, conceding just 108 goals in 31 games.
Sundays game is the final meeting of the regular season between the sides, so far the home side has triumphed on each occasion, Bison winning 7-5 on the opening day of the season, back in October Telford levelled the series with a 4-3 win thanks to a goal from Ross Kennedy at 59.30, while in early November, the Herd claimed a thrilling 5-4 overtime win, thanks to an Ashley Tait goal.
Supporters of all 3 teams would be forgiven for expecting another pair of close and exciting games this weekend.