This weekend sees the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison play our second home game of the season against the Milton Keynes Thunder followed by an away fixture in Bracknell.

Thunder arrive in Basingstoke having had a mixed season and currently lie in 7th place with 9 points from 25 games. So far this season the Bison have played the Thunder 3 times and have won two...
Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
9th of October 2017

Weekend Review - 4 points well earned

The Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison found themselves in Kent on Sunday to take on the Invicta Dynamos in their second league game of the weekend. They were without Mogg and Davies plus Wilson and Brooks playing for the Buffalo. It was also a first start of the season to Dan Weller-Evans in net.

Invicta Dynamos 3 Basingstoke Bison 5

Bison were down a goal after 38 seconds when Fowler netted the opener but after an exchange of penalties were level again at 10.38 thanks to Tomas Karpov. Captain Aaron Connolly scored the go ahead goal for the Herd at 12.56 and the first period played out to a 1-2 scoreline.

It was a 1-1 middle period as Dan Scott put the Bison 1-3 ahead but Ralph pulled a goal back at 38.52 ending the middle frame 2-3.

Three goals within three minutes added some excitement to the middle of the third period as Karpov lit the goal light at 48.57 but Colvin scored at the other end to keep the margin to a single goal. Antonov sealed the win with a 51.38 goal on the powerplay and that 3-5 scoreline was how the game would go on to end giving the Herd their first four point weekend of the season.

Head Coach Doug Sheppard reviewed the weekend; “We’re all feeling good after recording our first four point weekend of the season. We played hard all weekend, battled strong and competed at full intensity across the 120 minutes.

He added; “We had an all round good weekend in all areas. We have to build from this going forward and keep doing the little things right. Hopefully we can play like this again next weekend too and from here on.

Read the review of Saturday’s game below.

Saturday home game action again for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison who took on the London Raiders in only their second National Ice Hockey League game of the season.

Bison were without Dan Davies and Stuart Mogg while Raiders brought an almost full roster they brought only one netminder which would prove to be crucial as the game played out. Bison did have the two young players, Sam Brooks and Hallam Wilson with them in the line up.

Stephen Matthews wore the armbands and Ali MacPhee and Liv Anderson took care of the lining duties.

Basingstoke Bison 7 London Raiders 1

After both teams tried each other out physically Basingstoke got the first couple of chances. Firstly Tomas Karpov fed Vanya Antonov but he couldn’t connect. Soon after Jaroslav Cesky worked himself space to feed Aaron Connolly but his shot was shouldered away by Euan King.

Bison were the team generating pressure in the opening minutes and it wasn’t until the 5th minute that Dean Skinns faced his first shot as Oliver Baldock held in a Bison clearance and tested the home team netminder for the first time in the game.

Raiders worked hard without generating many clear cut chances while Bison kept the pressure up around King’s net. As Euan King dealt with a Dan Scott shot Vanya Antonov advanced to the loose puck looking to poke home the rebound. A few pushes and shoves followed but nobody fell foul of the referee at that point. The penalty box couldn’t remain empty when Alan Lack got called for an obvious infringement, picking up a roughing minor at 7.54 in a call that could easily have been charging.

Kurt Reynolds sent his feed to the net but Aaron Connolly’s tip took the puck over the crossbar. Things got no better for the Raiders when Jack Cooper got called for slashing during the Lack penalty putting the Bison on a brief 5 on 3.

Bison pressured King’s net hard but the goal came off its moorings and as play stopped Lack returned. His return couldn’t prevent the first Bison goal though as a scorching centre feed from Tomas Karpov got tipped home by Ashley Jackson on the 5 on 4 powerplay at 10.47

Callum Wells came straight back but Skinns made the save and held on for a whistle. Karpov looked to challenge the other goal as he skated virtually the entire length of the ice before flicking the puck just wide.

Andy Munroe took a tripping penalty at 12.46. This powerplay was also converted as great team work produced the opportunity to finish. The Herd cycled the puck round and eventually drew the Raiders defence out of position before Antonov got the puck and skated into position pushing it home through the five hole at 14.12 for 2-0.

On the resumption after the goal Paul Petts took a tripping penalty as Alan Lack was taken out but midway through that Raiders’ powerplay JJ Pitchley was off for roughing levelling up at 4 on 4. As Paul Petts returned Bison got a short powerplay while Pitchely served the remainder of his roughing minor. Dan Scott sent away the deadly duo of Antonov and Karpov and the two of them worked the play drawing King out of position and offering Karpov virtually all the time in the world to score the Bison third of the night into an open net at 16.38

The remainder of the first period was pretty much interrupted Bison as the first period 19-3 shots on goal tally testified.

Raiders enjoyed a more convincing start to the second period as Juraj Huska shot in space but met a glove save from Dean Skinns. Pitchley headed to the net, leaving a neat drop pass to Brandon Ayliffe but again Skinns held strong. Neither team quite had the fluent play needed to advance the score and at 26.57 Aaron Connolly got a tripping call as Juraj Huska tumbled giving the Raiders a powerplay.

Tomas Karpov was the stand out on the penalty kill giving his all and putting his body on the line to see out the 2 minutes. Not too long after the return more relentless hard work from the Bison led to their fourth of the night as Aaron Connolly fired in top shelf from a Cesky feed.

A couple of high stick calls went unseen and unpunished as Karpov and Antonov were both victims and frustration reigned as immediately after being high sticked Antonov ended up called for interference at 31.37.

After a technically good Bison penalty kill Antonov returned. As play continued a high hit from Alan Lack on Grant Rounding initially went unpunished and play continued. As Rounding was helped from the ice while play continued eventually the whistle blew and MacPhee imparted what he’d seen to Matthews who then made a 2+10 call for check to the head. After protesting his way to the penalty box Lack took a seat but not for long as his actions drew the wrath of Matthews who gave him a 10 minute misconduct meaning an automatic game penalty.

Bison went hard on the powerplay but couldn’t convert although they were to get another chance with 11 seconds left in the middle period.

With a comfortable 4-0 lead after 40 minutes Bison generated some good chances in the remainder of the powerplay at the start of the final period.

In the 44th minute of the game King went down after a save and didn’t get up again. He was treated on the ice and after a delay the game continued with the only shot stopper available to them in net. Within two minutes he made a save again and stayed down for a second time. This time after treatment it was clear he wasn’t able to complete the remaining 13.31. The two coaches had words on the benches and both teams headed to their respective dressing rooms while London dressed a player to take over in net.

After a lengthy delay Raiders re-emerged with their captain, Tom Davis in net.

After saving the first shot he faced Davis wasn’t helped by his team mate who scored on him! As the last Bison player to touch the puck Aaron Connolly was credited with the goal but Lascenko’s attempted clearance hit Davis and entered the net for 5-0 at 49.50.

At 50.43 Bison scored their fifth when the team gained the zone and Antonov ambled in and shot.

With 6.30 to play Raiders broke their shut out with Marek Nahlik squeezing a delayed penalty goal into the net. Nahnik got deep into the zone and sent the puck in on net from past the hashmarks. It looked like Skinns had got the puck but then the celebrations started as it had squeezed through into the goal.

The final goal of the game came with 6.03 to go when Ashley Jackson was given the puck by the Bison and space by the Raiders. With all he needed in his favour he fired home for 7-1.

Bison coughed up a late powerplay to the Raiders as Dean Skinns collected a holding the stick penalty at 55.01 which was sat out by Sam Brooks. Skinns himself pulled off a huge save on Nahnik looking to double his tally but the teams played out the final minutes scoreless and Bison took points from a 7-1 home win.

Basingstoke: Antonov 2+3; Karpov 1+3; Jackson 2+1; Connolly 2+0; Scott 0+2; Petts, Dewey, Cesky 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 12/1
London: Nahnik 1+0; Lascenko, Smith 0+1. Net: King (46.29) 35/4 & Davis (13.31) 6/3

Period Scores: 3-0/1-0/3-1
Shots On Goal: 41-12
Penalty Minutes: 10-44
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: A MacPhee & L Anderson