WEEKEND PREVIEW: BIG WEEKEND FOR THE HERD AS THE RACE FOR PLAY OFF PLACES HOTS UP

This weekends NIHL National league action sees the Trane Basingstoke Bison at home to Leeds Chiefs on Saturday, and away to MK Lightning on Sunday.

Saturday’s game at the Silverdome which has a 6.30pm face off, will be the Chiefs 3rd appearance in Basingstoke this season, but only their 2nd as the visiting side.

Leeds recent form shows excellent home wins...
4th of February 2020

GAME REPORT: Bracknell Bees V's Bison Sunday 2nd February 2020

Final Score: Bracknell Bees 4 Trane Basingstoke Bison 7

MoM Bees : H Stead
MoM Bison : Norcliffe

Refs : Mr Jarvie and Mr Matthews
Lino's : Mr Lalonde and Mr O'Neill

Bees Stats : Gabaj 1+1, Doughty 1+0, Ealey-Newman 1+0, Malinik 1+0, Knaggs 0+2, B Baird 0+1, H Stead 0+1, Smith 0+1, Webb 0+1.

Nets : Milton 37/7 (81.08%)

Bison Stats : Talbot 2+0, Harding 1+2, Klejna 1+1, Tait 1+1, Bordowski 1+0, Norris 1+0, Mettam 0+2, Morris 0+2, Sampford 0+1.

Nets : Mettam 31/4 (87.10%)

PiMs : Bees 10 Bison 16
SoG's : Bees 31 Bison 37

The Trane Basingstoke Bison made the short trip to Bracknell to face the Bees, looking to complete the first 4pt Weekend of 2020, after the miraculous comeback of all comebacks on Sat evening.

The Bison got off to the best possible start, when they pretty much scored on their first two attacks on the Bees net. The impressive Sean Norris (Klejna) scored at 1.23 and then Sam Talbot (Harding) at 2.37. Bison had another chance soon after, when James Galazzi picked up the first penalty of the evening, a Holding call (4.36), but Bees would see out the penalty.

Bees Dominik Gabaj would be next into the sinbin, when he was awarded a Tripping call (9.34). Again the Bees killed the penalty successfully. A minute later and the Bees opened their account, when Roman Malinik (H Stead, Knaggs) beat Alex Mettam at the back post.

Sean Norris would pick up Bison's first penalty of the game, when he was awarded for Holding the Stick (13.53), but Bison and Mettam weren't troubled much. Danny Milton in the Bees net was the busier of the two netties.

Bees almost equalised, when Malinik was sent clear, but Ollie Stone saved the Bison, with a beautifully timed diving poke check to deny him. From the resulting play, the puck was fired up to Sam Talbot (Mettam, Sampford), who raced in alone to beat Milton and bag his 2nd goal of the evening (17.11).

That ended the action for the opening period and the Bison led 3-1 at the first interval.


The 2nd Period started with Bison captain Elliott Dewey picking up an early penalty for Roughing (20.43), but that didn't stop the Bison scoring, as Ashley Tait (Morris, Mettam) skated in a scored beautifully (21.05) and you could tell by the look on his face as he wheeled away, that he enjoyed that one !

Elliott Dewey would sit out another penalty, when he got called for Holding the Stick (26.05) and Bees would take advantage of the extra man on the powerplay, when Josh Ealey-Newman (Knaggs and Gabaj) scored (27.31).

Bees would hit more penalty trouble, when firstly Harvey Stead would get called for Tripping (30.38) and Bison would punish the Bees, when Richard Bordowski (Harding, Morris) scored (32.09). Then Adam Harding (Tait) would extend Bison to a four goal lead (36.33), after Roman Malinik had picked up a Slashing call (34.54).

Michal Klejna, (who was cleared to play) picked up a Hooking call (38.01), but Bison saw out the period and went into the 2nd break leading 6-2.

The 3rd period started and Bison returned to full strength, but within a few minutes, they would hit more penalty trouble. Ashley Tait picking up a Hooking call (45.31) and then Adam Harding also for Hooking (47.21) gave Bees a slender 10sec 2 man advantage, but Bison would just rub salt in the Bees wound, when Klejna scored unassisted (47.30) just as Tait was about to return to the ice. Bison were in total control of the game and the travelling fans, who again were in good numbers, were hoping to see if the scoreline could hit double figures.

However, Alex Sampford was called for Slashing (53.54) and from the resulting powerplay, Bees would reduce the deficit, when Doughty (Smith, B Baird) took advantage of a mix up in the Bison defence (54.39) and that was quickly followed by a goal by Gabaj (Webb) as he waltzed in and slotted home past Mettam (55.31) to make the scoreline look more reasonable from a Bees perspective, but quite frankly the scoreline flattered the Bees.

There was still time for a couple more penalties, when firstly Liam Morris picked up a Kneeing call (58.46) and then Bees Ed Knaggs, picked up a Hooking call (59.39).

The clock ran down and Bison had completed the best possible weekend, although it was a very hard and well-earned 4pt Weekend.

Bison don't have a home game next weekend, so they are on the road again next Sunday, as they travel to Essex to face the Raiders. Let's hope for another cracking game between the two teams.