28th of February 2020
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Chiefs & Steeldogs in a Yorkshire Weekend for the HerdIt’s an all Yorkshire weekend of NIHL National league action for the Trane Basingstoke Bison, with a home game against the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday, face off 6.30pm, followed by a Sunday road trip to take on the Leeds Chiefs, face off 5.30pm.
7th placed Steeldogs arrive at the Silverdome on Saturday evening with 48 points from 44 games, their current form shows losses at home to Phantoms & an OT defeat in Leeds, these were preceded by wins away to Hull & Raiders along with a home win against Hull.
Leading points scorers are Czech import forward Vladimir Luka with 54 (28+26) from 41 games, 17 year old Brit Alex Graham 49 (20+29) from 37 games, and player coach Ben Morgan with 48 (5+43) from 42 games played.
D-man Jordan Griffin heads the individual penalty minutes with 77 in 36 games, closely followed by young Graham on 70 from 37 games.
Sheffield have won all 3 of the games this season, although the Herd did pick up a point in the home overtime defeat back in December.
Sunday will see the Bison make their maiden visit to the new Elland Road rink in Leeds, where they will face the Chiefs for the final time in the regular season, face off is 5.30pm.
Chiefs recent form has produced home wins against Telford,Hull and Sheffield, with losses away to MKL and the Herd, in addition to a home defeat by MKL.
Young British forward Adam Barnes heads the points scoring with 47 (24+23) from 37 games, while Lewis Baldwin is in 2nd spot with 26 (9+17) also from 37 games.
Chiefs total of 579 penalty minutes is the lowest in the league, Barnes heads the individual penalty minutes having accrued 64, Richard Bentham is a close 2nd with 62.
Leeds have won 2 of the 3 games played between the teams this season, while a 2-0 home victory last Saturday earned the Bison a vital 2 points.
Although their prospects of making the play offs are fairly slim, Leeds Chiefs are likely to have a say in who finishes where, as 7 of their remaining 10 games are at home, with not only the Bison but Bracknell, Telford, Hull (twice), MK Lightning and Raiders all making the journey to the Elland Road rink.