5th of March 2018
Weekend Review - Tough battle on the roadThe Sherfield School Basingstoke Bison headed to Peterborough for a 1 vs 2 clash in the National Ice Hockey League Division 1 South.
Peterborough Phantoms 3 Basingstoke Bison 2
Peterborough’s Glenn Billing scored the only goal of the first period when he converted a powerplay at 9.52.
1.32 into the second period Nathan Salem doubled the home team’s tally with an even strength goal but at 29.25 Vanya Antonov scored a powerplay goal to get the Bison on the board.
With all to play for the third period saw 27 combined shots but it was the Phantoms who’d score first when Billing scored his second powerplay goal at 50.22 but a late delayed penalty goal from Aaron Connolly kept the game alive when he lit the goal light at 58.05. Despite trying hard the Herd couldn’t find the third goal they needed to force the game to overtime.
Peterborough: Billing 2+1; Salem 1+1; Pliskauskas 0+2; Jamieson, Padelek 0+1. Net: King (60.00) 29/2
Basingstoke: Connolly 1+1; Antonov 1+0; Scott, Sutton, Smith 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 42/3
Period Scores: 1-0/1-1/1-1
Shots On Goal: 42-29
Penalty Minutes: 30-10
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: Carmichael & Kowal
Bison Coach Doug Sheppard shared his thoughts on the game; “We had one big game in Peterborough and we did what we needed to do to stay alive in the league title chase. The guys put in a massive effort to come away with that result. Obviously we were missing two key players and had to have Moggy play out of position but the guys battled hard. We went to win the game but sadly came up little short but we’re still alive in the league title race. We’ve got a pretty big weekend ahead with Cup Final on Friday and two big league deciding games.”
He added; “Aaron Connolly came up huge for us scoring a goal we needed, we knew we were in a position that we knew we needed a goal and he stepped up to deliver the biggest goal of the year. He’s been a fantastic leader so far this season and is in great form going into the final weekend of the regular season and the Play-offs.”
Tne next game for the Herd is the Cup Final, first leg, in Basingstoke this Friday. Face-off is 7.45pm and tickets can be bought here. Season ticket holders are reminded this game doesn't form part of the season ticket package however seats will continue to be reserved until 90 minutes before face-off.