14th of November 2019
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Raiders On the Road for the Herd this WeekendFor the Trane Basingstoke Bison itís a one game NIHL National league weekend, with a Sunday road trip to Romford to take on the London Raiders, face off is 5.15pm.
Raiders are coached by Sean Easton and captained by ex-Bison favourite Aaron Connolly, currently they occupy 9th place in the table with 5 wins from their 15 games.
Topping the points scoring are Jake Sylvester on 16 (8+8) and Blahoslav Novak on 14 (9+5). Their 365 penalty minutes is the 2nd highest in the league, leading the way in that department are Jack Flynn with 65 PIMs, Mason Webster with 52 and Novak on 46.
Recently coach Easton made a change to the roster, bringing in import forward Erik Piatak, and releasing Marek Malinsky, who at present is racking up the points for the Bison as injury cover for Richard Bordowski. Piatak has previous experience of hockey in the UK, having iced for the Phantoms in 2013/14, and the Guildford Flames in 2015/16, he will be expected to provide maturity and leadership to a young roster.
The Herd and Raiders go into the game on the back of contrasting fortunes in form, Bison with consecutive 4 pt weekends, Raiders with one win in four, a 6-5 victory on home ice against Bracknell, their most recent game being the 10-1 loss in Peterborough last Sunday.
The series between the two teams is tied at 1 win apiece, back in September Raiders inflicted a heavy defeat on the Bison in Romford, while 3 weeks later on home ice the Herd came back from 2 nil down to win 4-2.
As the Bison enjoy a rare Saturday night off, Raiders travel to MIlton Keynes to take on a resurgent Lightning.
A quick mention for Raiders young defender Ross Connolly, who suffered a nasty Achilles injury in Swindon a couple of weeks ago, and all connected with the Bison wish him well in what is likely to be a lengthy recovery.