5th of March 2020
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Big Weekend for the Herd as the Race for Second Place Hots UpIt’s a Friday night at home for the Trane Basingstoke Bison as they welcome the Swindon Wildcats to the Silverdome for the first of a double header between the teams, face off is 7.30pm.
The return game on Saturday at the Link Centre in Swindon is a 6.15pm face off.
Swindon remain 2nd behind longtime leaders Telford, 7 points separate the two teams with the Tigers have played a game more than the Wildcats, Phantoms are just 3 points adrift in 3rd, while the Herd are 1 point further back in 4th.
Both games this weekend are important to each team, although there is extra importance for the Wildcats as they must win to keep the pressure on Telford. Wildcats head coach Aaron Nell said about this Friday’s game following their defeat to MKL last Saturday “We have got to go in there and win, we’ve got no choice in the matter. We have to be ready for practice and then go and get a win.”
Swindon’s recent form has produced 2 wins and 3 losses, unfortunately both wins came at the expense of the Bison, the 2nd of which was a 15 goal thriller.
Aaron Nell with 91 points (43+48) from 46 games leads Swindon’s points scoring, Tomasz Malasinski 73 (26+47) from 42 and Chris Jones 66 (29+37) from 46 are the next best.
From a team total of 633 penalty minutes, 2nd fewest in this league, Neil Liddiard with 93 and Floyd Taylor 86 head the individual minutes column.
The series is tied at 3 wins apiece, unusually both teams have been more successful in the oppositions rink than their own, 3 of the 6 games have gone to overtime and 2 of those have required penalties to decide the outcome. When it comes to goals scored in the series one goal separates the teams, with Swindon having found the net on 25 occasions to the Herds 24.
With this weekend being the final regular season fixtures between the Bison and Wildcats, and the previous games having been very much edge of the seat affairs, fans will no doubt be anticipating more of the same from two evenly matched teams.