12th of October 2017
Weekend Preview - Streatham and Bracknell lie in waitNew signing Roman Malinik will take his place in the line up this Saturday when the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison take on Streatham IHC on home ice.
Last season Streatham did away with their old “nickname” adopting a name of just Streatham Ice Hockey Club with an affectionate moniker of “Redhawks”. Last season, following the demise of the Wightlink Raiders, Jeremy Cornish found himself Player/Coach in London and with him came a number of former Wightlink players.
Between the pipes for the Raiders is former Bison netminder Matt Colclough. He enjoyed a spell starting for the Herd back in the early part of this decade before heading back to the Island and is once again in partnership with Cornish now in London. Over the summer headline new signings were made with Adam Carr moving south from Milton Keynes to the capital for his hockey fix and Ryan Watt returning closer to home after a season with Hull. Indeed Watt also picked up the September play of the month award for NIHL1 south.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard looked ahead to the weekend; “It’s exciting times for us with a new import in the ranks and we’re finally heading in with momentum after a four point weekend. We know we’ve had an up and down season so far so we know we need to press on from last weekend and keep doing things the way we did against London and Invicta. We scored goals last weekend and got good goaltending from both of our netminders so we’re looking to welcome Roman hopefully into a winning team this weekend.”
Of the two fixtures ahead Sheppard continued; “These are both important games for us. Saturday we look to keep our unbeaten league run going and Sunday it’s vital we win against Bracknell having split the head to head so far against them.”
The Bison are on home ice this Saturday at 6.30pm against Streatham before travelling to Bracknell for a 6pm face-off on Sunday against the Bracknell Bees.