24th of September 2017
Weekend review- Highs and Lows of the HerdThe Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison played out a split weekend with a road loss followed up by a home win on the Sunday night.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard said of the weekend; “Over the last two weekends we’ve played two great games and two less than satisfactory games. We need to build on the positives and get off the roller coaster and get on a good run.”
Speaking about Sunday he added; “I thought we played 40 good minutes tonight, we’re learning how to win. We have to learn to play with confidence and if we’re scored on we need to shake it off and get back to our own game quickly. We know what we need to do and we need to make sure we’re not put off from doing it.”
Looking ahead to next weekend he said; “Our highs right now are really high, our lows are too low and we need to work on levelling things out and putting in consistent performances and earning positive results.”
Read the match reports below.
The Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison started their weekend with a road game at the Link Centre taking on the Swindon Wildcats.
Swindon Wildcats 5 Basingstoke Bison 2
Bison iced without regular back up Dan Weller-Evans and also sidelined Dan Davies but Sam Brooks was added to the line up along with Matthew Friend backing up Dean Skinns.
The teams shared the 18 first period shots evenly but neither could break the deadlock. It was at 25.25 that Neil Liddiard scored the opening goal. Vanya Antonov pulled the game level with a powerplay goal at 29.20 and Dan Scott put the Bison ahead at 35.35 only to see Aaron Nell level up with 2.43 left in the middle period.
The third period didn’t go well for the visitors as Aaron Nell netted his second 48 seconds after the restart and Luc Johnson and Max Birbraer netted for 4 and 5 at 43.12 and 48.20 while Bison could convert none of their five shots.
Swindon: Nell 2+1; Johnson, Birbraer, Liddiard 1+0; Jones, Kelsall, Kostal 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 26/2
Basingstoke: Scott, Antonov 1+0; Sutton, Connolly 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 32/5
Period Scores: 0-0/2-2/0-3
Shots On Goal: 32-26
Penalty Minutes: 28-6
Referee: S Hogarth. Linesmen: J Lalonde & A Stanley
On Sunday night it was back to Hampshire and the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison skated out to face the Sheffield Steeldogs.
Basingstoke Bison 3 Sheffield Steeldogs 1
Bison were missing Dan Davies but welcomed back Dan Weller-Evans and also iced Sam Brooks. Tomas Karpov netted an unassisted marker at just 7 seconds. Bison had the puck in the back of the net 17 seconds later but it was washed out due to a high stick. The Herd dominated the opening period with 17 shots on the Steeldogs net while allowing just 2 on their own.
Captain Aaron Connolly scored a powerplay goal at 22.32 for 2-0 and Jaroslav Cesky netted the third goal at 28.12. As in the first Bison dominated the exchanges in the second with 10 shots for and only 5 against resulting in a healthy 3-0 lead by 40.00
Ashley Calvert scored a delayed penalty goal at 45.03 with a hooking call on Jaro Cesky pending to break the shut out. Despite the confidence of a 3-1 lead Bison conceded a shot advantage in the third period but Dean Skinns closed the door on any further scoring allowing the Bison to run out 3-1 winners.
Basingstoke: Karpov, Connolly, Cesky 1+0. Sutton, Antonov, Mogg 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 18/1
Sheffield: Calvert 1+0; Palak, Bell 0+1. Net: Stones(60.00) 34/3
Period Scores: 1-0/2-0/0-1
Shots On Goal: 34-18
Penalty Minutes: 26-6
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: J Lalonde & N Strain