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...
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5th of November 2017

Weekend review - Perfect weekend earns maximum points again

Sunday saw a long journey for the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison who took on the Telford Tigers in Shropshire in search of another maximum points weekend.

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The Bison started short benched and lost further skaters as the game progressed. Bison ended the first period up a goal when Captain Aaron Connolly scored at 16.35 while Tom Watkins sat out at hooking penalty.

A good second period saw the Herd add to their advantage. Ryan Sutton was the first to score a second period goal at 25.04. Danny Rose took a 5+game boarding penalty at 29.14 and Dan Scott stepped in earning himself 2+2+10 for fighting at the same time. Connolly netted his second of the night at 30.07 and Bison ended the period ahead by three goals.

Tigers staged a comeback in the third period with Joe Miller scoring at 42.50 and Corey Goodison converting a powerplay at 47.38 but they were still two adrift by the time the game ended.

Telford: White 0+2; Goodison, Miller 1+0; Plant, Watkins 0+1. Net: Bell (59.55) 40/4 & Empty Net: (0.05) 0/0
Basingstoke: Connolly 2+1; Davies 1+1; Reynolds 0+2; Antonov, Rounding, Malinik 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 18/2

Period Scores: 0-1/0-3/2-0
Shots On Goal: 18-40
Penalty Minutes: 33-34
Referee: Hamilton. Linesmen: Stanley & Earl

Ahead of the trip home from Telford Bison Head Coach Doug Sheppard praised his team; “We had an excellent weekend and proved that hard work will bring rewards. I’m very pleased. I’m pleased with our skill level and our work ethic. Things are starting to come together even though we are having terrible luck with injuries.

We came up here with just 12 skaters and lost 2 defenceman in the game. Dewey came back and played injured and we put in a great team performance from start to finish. I think it was our best and most complete game of the season so far; we worked extremely hard, we were short on numbers but guys that were out there competed hard.

He concluded; “Roman had a fantastic weekend again and he certainly earned the back to back man of the match awards. He's settled in and come up huge this weekend.

On Saturday the Bison were at home, read the review below.

Once again the Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison didn’t get to ice their full line up as they started their weekend on home ice against the Milton Keynes Thunder.

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Tomas Karpov opened the scoring up in the 8th minute when he beat Thunder’s starting goalie Tom Annetts at 7.30. Tom Carlon levelled at 12.31 but Bison had the advantage back at 15.53 when Vanya Antonov scored a powerplay goal. Roman Malinik netted with 1.15 left in the opening period for 3-1.

Bison had the game effectively won in the second period. Alex Whyte hooked Aaron Connolly as he advanced to the net and this earned the home team a penalty shot which the captain duly converted for 4-1. Oscar Evans goal at 22.01 was his first for the senior Basingstoke team and Grant Rounding netted one on his return from injury at 35.20. A perfect period for the home team wasn’t to be as Gareth O’Flaherty struck at 37.17 but the scoreboard showed 6-2 at the end of the middle period.

Joshua Crane took over in net for the Thunder for the third period while Dean Skinns continued for the Herd. Dan Davies would be the only one to score when he breached Crane’s defences at 50.47 and Bison’s 7-2 scoreline earned them the points.

Basingstoke: Davies, Connolly 1+2; Rounding, Antonov, Malinik 1+1; Karpov 1+1; Evans 1+0,
Reynolds, Wilson, Scott 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 17/2
Milton Keynes: Carlon 1+1; O’Flaherty 1+0; White, McPherson, Green 0+1. Net: Annetts (40.00) 30/6 & Crane (20.00) 8/1

Period Scores: 3-1/3-1/1-0
Shots On Goal: 38-17
Penalty Minutes: 4-6
Referee: Brooks. Linesmen: Marshall & Strain