5th of October 2017
Weekend preview - Raiders and Dynamos upcomingThe Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison return to home ice this Saturday to take on London Raiders in their first visit to Hampshire this season for a National Ice Hockey League Division 1 South match. While the Herd have been in cup action of recent they hold a 100% record still in the league campaign thanks to their shut-out 4-0 win over Invicta Dynamos on the opening night of the season.
The London Raiders come into the game on the back of success on a road trip to our Sunday opponents. Raiders conceded once in a 1-4 opening period but then completed 0-3 and 0-4 periods to come away with full points from their trip to Gillingham.
Last season’s top NIHL1 south import Juraj Huska is the jewel in the Raiders crown and he chipped in with 2+2 last Sunday to continue his good form.
Bison are now without Dan Lackey who switched to the Buffalo last week. Sam Brooks joined the Herd on a two way contract and Doug Sheppard clarified; “Sam and Hallam will dress for the Bison when the Buffalo aren’t playing. We’re all in agreement that the ice time the two will get offered prioritising the Buffalo and experience they’ll gain with the Bison will be best for their development.”
On Sunday the Herd travel to Invicta to play the Dynamos. They’re a tough team in their own rink as previous results testify including beating Swindon but they’ll be smarting from last Sunday’s result against London so we’re aware they’ll be all out to get back on track.
Speaking of his two games this week Head Coach Doug Sheppard said; “We need to get back on track! We’ve got a couple of league games this weekend, On Saturday we’re seeing London for the first time. I’ve heard they’re good, hard working team and we’ll need to work at our hardest to get the job done. On Sunday we go to Invicta and play a team we’ve already seen before but we know they’re a much better team at home.”
He finished up by adding; “It’s two tough games this weekend and we know we’ve got to approach one game one at a time. We’ll look to take care of business on Saturday first and take it each game at a time. We need to build form and we can only do that by playing each period at a time and each game at a time and not look too far ahead.”
Face-off in Basingstoke on Saturday is 6.30pm and you can get tickets here. Sunday’s road trip to Gillingham is a 5.15pm face-off.