30th of January 2020
WEEKEND PREVIEW: It's Raiders in Town & On the Road to BracknellThe first weekend of February will see the Trane Basingstoke Bison in NIHL National league action against the Raiders IHC and Bracknell Bees.
Firstly we welcome the Raiders to the Silverdome on Saturday, face off for this game is 6.30pm.
Raiders occupy 8th place and are 3 points ahead of Bracknell in the race for the final play off spot, although the Bees have a game in hand on the Romford based side.
Raiders recent form shows wins at home against MKL & Bracknell with away losses to Sheffield and MKL in addition to a defeat on home ice by Swindon.
Leading points scorers are Lukas Sladkovsky with 41 (17+24) from 36 games and Blahoslav Novak 39 (21+18) also from 36 games, heading the goal scoring for the Raiders is a certain Aaron Connolly, who has found the net on 25 occasions, including 4 in the defeat to the Steeldogs.
Their 828 penalty minutes are the 2nd highest in the league, Mason Webster and Jack Flynn both with 111 mins, lead the naughty boy chart.
Saturday’s game is the 7th in the series, the Herd having won 5 of the previous 6, most recent being the thrilling 6-5 home win in which the Bison equalised at 59.56, before Sean Norris netted the winner at 62.29.
Sunday will see both the team and the usual large number of Bison fans make the short trip to the Hive in Bracknell to take on the Bees, face off is 5.30pm.
Bracknell have dropped a place since our last meeting and currently sit in 9th place, 3 points behind the Raiders but with a game in hand, incidentally, the teams still have to play each other 4 times this season. Another interesting factor to take into account is although Leeds Chiefs are 7 points adrift of the Bees they do have 2 games in hand and will play 12 of their remaining 17 games in the new Elland Rd rink, including visits from both Bees and Raiders, therefore the battle for 8th spot may become a 3 horse race.
Bracknell's recent form has seen a solitary home win against the Phantoms, followed by losses to Hull (twice), Raiders and the Herd.
Leading points scorers are Dominik Gabaj with 37 (21+16) from 19 games, Roman Malinik 35 (18+17) from 31, top Brit is Zach Milton with 31 (9+22) from 31 games.
Bracknell's tally of 742 penalty minutes is the 3rd highest, behind MKL and the Raiders, Josh Martin with 93 and Brendan Baird 88 lead the way in this particular aspect.
This game will be the 6th in the series, of the previous 5 meetings the Herd have been successful in 4 of them, the series will be completed with a double header on the final weekend of the regular season.
Note for fans planning to attend Sunday’s game: As this isn't a Bees nominated schools zone game, Block 2 will be available for fans of the Bison as usual.