22nd of October 2017
Weekend review - points stolen at StreathamThe Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison had only one game in the weekend and with no home game on Saturday night the made the journey to Streatham to face the Redhawks. Bison continued to be without Grant Rounding and Dan Davies but did welcome back Stuart Mogg.
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Streatham Redhawks enjoyed a good start when, just 4 seconds into a powerplay, they opened their account. A Dan Scott high sticks penalty at 8.31 was converted at 8.35 when Michael Farn finished from Adam Carr. The first period got even better for the home team when Farn scored a second with 1.42 left on the clock for a perfect 2-0 opening period.
Ryan Webb finished from Ryan Watt and Michael Farn at 33.15 but this time Bison had an answer as 28 seconds later Tomas Karpov scored the first for the Herd. Ryan Sutton scored at 38.03 with a powerplay goal meaning the second period ended 3-2.
The third period was a battle all through but fortunately for the visiting side Josh Smith had the answer twice to finding the back of the net. With the home team leading at the start of the period they ended up finding they couldn’t fight back as the Herd completed their comeback. Josh Smith scored at 48.14 to level the game and then bagged the game winner with 5.56 left to play. Streatham took their time out at 59.36 and played the remainder of the game with an empty net and extra attacker but couldn’t find the equalising goal meaning Bison run out 3-4 winners.
After the weekend’s only game Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard commented; “We stole 2 points tonight. It’s not the way I wanted us to play although I am happy we got the result. We weren’t ready to play and we were totally outplayed for the opening 20 minutes. Fortunately we showed good character to score 4 unanswered goals and battle for the win but we need to learn a lesson quickly. We need to be ready to play from the first drop of the puck in every game otherwise we will get punished. I’m pleased that for a second weekend in a row Josh Smith came up big for us as well with two very important goals.”
He concluded; “Full credit to Streatham who worked out we weren't ready from the start but we’ll learn the lesson quickly and make sure next weekend we’re ready to go from the first drop of the puck and compete strong for the full 120 minutes.”