20th of January 2020
GAME REPORT: BISON V's Bracknell Bees Saturday 18th January 2020Final Score: Basingstoke Bison 8-2 Bracknell Bees
Saturday 18th January 2020
Bison MOM: Ashley Tait
Bees MOM: Zack Milton
Bison stats: Klejna 2+2, Tait 0+3, Bordowski 0+2, Jones 1+1, Talbot 2+0, Norcliffe 1+0, Norris 1+0, Ralph 1+0, Sampford 0+1, Sutton 0+1
Netminder: Mettam 23/2 (91.30%)
Bees stats: B.Baird 0+1, Doughty 1+0, Z.Milton 1+0
Netminder: Goss 53/8 (84.91%)
PIM's: Bison 6-49 Bees. SOG: Bison 53–23 Bees.
Refs: Jarvie and Poulton - Lino’s: Cook and Sitch-Cunningham
The Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison played host to local rivals the Bracknell Bees in the only game of the weekend for the Herd, with the home side looking to avenge a 5-3 loss when the Berkshire team were last in town.
The visitors took the first penalty of the night at 3:34 as James Galazzi was called for Hooking but the Bison were unable to take advantage and the game remained end-to-end as both sides searched for an opener. The Bees were gifted their first powerplay of the night as George Norcliffe was penalised for Interference at 11:56, however they also failed to capitalise and a few minutes later were made to pay as the Herd opened the scoring at 15:54 through Adam Jones (Klejna), who managed to turn and shoot from a wide angle down low with the puck squeezing over the line behind netminder Goss. As the first period headed into the final minute, there was still time for the Bison to put themselves 2-0 ahead going into the break as Tom Ralph scored an unassisted goal at 19:35, punishing a failed clearance from the opposition by sending a scuffed shot high past an unsighted Adam Goss.
Having been outplayed in the first period, the Bees were keen to mount a comeback and went close through former-Bison Roman Malinik, but his attempt was well saved by Alex Mettam. To the delight of the home crowd the Bison would move 3-0 ahead at 27:24 as young forward Sam Talbot (Bordowski, Sutton) finished off a strong forecheck from the home side by taking a nice pass from Bordowski at the hash marks and fizzing the puck in at the near post with a stunning shot. The Bees managed to kill off a penalty with Will Stead in the box for Hooking, before Bison d-man Josh Kelly and Bees forward Aidan Doughty were sent to the penalty box at 35:45 for Roughing and Cross Checking respectively. It would be during the resulting 4-on-4 play that the visitors would finally score their first goal through Zack Milton with an unassisted goal in tight at 36:58, leaving the Herd 3-1 in front at the second break.
Thankfully the final period began in dream fashion for the home side as George Norcliffe (Sampford) continued his impressive form since returning from injury by extending the Herd’s lead to 4-1 at 43:18, deflecting a wide shot down low past the Bracknell goalie to the delight of the home crowd.
Momentum was now firmly with the Bison who were playing with visible confidence and another goal soon followed as the ever impressive Sean Norris (Tait, Klejna) moved the home side 5-1 ahead at 43:55, finishing off a quick passing move in the offensive zone with a lovely one-timer into the net.
Clearly frustrated by score line, at 46:26 Bees youngster Josh Ealey-Newman took exception to an incident with Liam Morris and threw the Bison forward to the ice before trying to unload several punches on Morris. Whilst the home forward was handed a 2 minute slashing penalty, Ealey-Newman was handed an array of penalties including being thrown from the game for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
Unfortunately for the away side, worse was still to come as the score quickly became 6-1 at 49:41 when Michal Klejna (Tait) took the feed up high and unleashed a bullet past netminder Goss for a powerplay goal.
Aidan Doughty (B.Baird) scored a consolation goal for the Bees at 57:34 to make the score 6-2 but just 10 seconds later, Brendan Baird would take a Slashing penalty and hand the Bison a chance to make the scoreboard look even more impressive. Import forward Michal Klejna (Tait, Jones) duly obliged at 58:08 as he finished off yet another impressive move of quick passing by sending a one-time shot into the roof of the net for a powerplay goal and a 7-2 lead. Incredibly, there was still time for another goal as Sam Talbot (Bordowski) capped a sensational performance by scoring his second of the night at 58:38, once more the home side moved the puck around with speed inside the offensive zone before finding Talbot in a central position, who then sent a gorgeous wrist shot past Adam Goss to complete a fantastic 8-2 victory!
Two points always feel great, but they feel even nicer after beating your local rivals! The Bison are back home next Saturday (Jan 25th) against the Peterborough Phantoms, before travelling to Peterborough the following day.