2nd of January 2017
Split results to start the New YearThe New Year started at the Guildford Spectrum with a road game for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison.
Guildford Flames 1 Basingstoke Bison 3
The Bison dominated the opening period exchanges, outshooting their opponents 10-2, but the opening period closed scoreless.
It was 4.31 into the second period that Ciaran Long scored for the Bison but his goal was equalised by a Tom Duggan strike at 26.55. With 2.05 left in the middle period Vanya Antonov scored the game winning goal and the second period ended 1-2.
It was Antonov again who netted an insurance goal in the third period at 46.21 putting the game safe. Over the 60 minutes Flames managed only 19 shots with Hiadlovsky saving 18 of them while Bison scored 3 times on their 36 shots.
Guildford: Duggan 1+0; Phillips, Lundin 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 36/3
Basingstoke: Antonov 2+1; Long 1+1; Reynolds, Jarolin, Hiadlovsky 0+1. Net: Hiadlovsky (60.00) 19/1
Period Scores: 0-0/1-2/0-1
Shots On Goal: 19-36
Penalty Minutes: 4-12
Referee: M Thompson. Linesmen: A Cook & A Lack
The next day was a trip to fellow Planet Ice team Milton Keynes Lightning with the season series 2-1 in favour of the Bison.
Milton Keynes Lightning 4 Basingstoke Bison 3
The only goal of the first period went to the home team when Blaz Emersic netted at 12.21 but Derek Roehl levelled the game at 27.17. At 34.48 Michael Farn gave the advantage back to the Lightning and they held their 2-1 advantage to the end of the second period.
Ciaran Long netted the levelling goal at 40.24 and Roehl stepped forward with his second at 46.00 giving the Bison a 2-3 lead with 14.00 to play.
Craig Scott pulled the game back to level at 3-3 with a strike at 47.32 but then Lewis Hook scored the game winner at 51.50 with a powerplay strike.
Tomas Hiadlovsky headed to the bench and the Bison took a timeout but despite 1.36 of empty net the game tying goal wasn’t to be found.
Milton Keynes: Farn, Scott 1+1; Bakrlik 0+2; Emersic, Hook 1+0; Carlon, Baranyk, Hollie, Cownie 0+1. Net: Odrobny (60.00) 41/3
Basingstoke: Roehl 2+0; Baird 0+2; Long 1+0; Towalski, Balmer, Jarolin, Connolly 0+1. Net: Hiadlovsky (58.24) 29/4 & Empty Net (1.36) 0/0
Period Scores: 1-0/1-1/2-2
Shots On Goal: 29-41
Penalty Minutes: 6-8
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: N Carmichael & J Ions
After the games Sherfield School Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard commented; “I thought we played really well on Monday night. We did a lot of things right and we played very well and I’m gutted to have come away with nothing.
We started the year well in Guildford. We put in a solid road game, we did the basics really well and we took the first two points on offer in the year and gained momentum. We took the momentum in to Milton Keynes and I really am gutted we came away without even a point. We battled well at both ends of the ice but it just wasn’t our day.”
He continued; “We are looking forward to welcoming Joe Rand back to the line up this weekend. When we brought him in before Christmas we knew he had prior commitments that meant he’d miss these last few games but he’ll be back this weekend which will give us a boost”.