6th of January 2015
Weekend Review - Shootout triumph and heartbreak for HerdThe Paul Baldwin Agencies Basingstoke Bison faced a battling weekend with both matches heading to penalty shoot-outs, collecting the victory over the league leading Telford Tigers, before the Manchester Phoenix claimed the spoils on Sunday.
Saturday started brightly for the Herd with Joe Rand's powerplay strike giving the Bison a first period lead.
The Tigers would roar back though, with Ricky Plant's effort levelling the scores at the end of the second, before Dan Davies' shorthanded effort with just under ten minutes remaining looked to have put them on their way to victory.
However, Rand once again provided the telling strike - forcing the game to overtime, where the sides still couldn't be separated.
Rand and Tomas Karpov would net their respective shoot-out attempts, with Dean Skinns coming up big in net to give the hosts the extra point.
That good form appeared to be carried into the following night as the Bison raced into a two-goal lead over the Manchester Phoenix, with Andy Melachrino and Doug Sheppard finding the back of the net for a first period lead.
However, the hosts would fight back in the second - Robin Kovar and Shaun Thompson's goal four seconds before the end of the period setting things level going into the final period.
Tomas Karpov's powerplay strike looked to have put the Stampede on their way to victory - but Thompson again stepped up to break Bison hearts.
Again overtime couldn't separate the sides, and despite Ciaran Long's successful penalty attempt, it would be the Phoenix who took the victory.
The Paul Baldwin Agencies Basingstoke Bison return to action on home ice against the Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday (6.30pm f/o) before making the trip across to Guildford on Sunday.