5th of January 2020
GAME REPORT: BISON V's Phantoms 4th January 2020Final score: Basingstoke Bison 3-1 Peterborough Phantoms
Saturday 4th January 2020
Bison MOM: Adam Harding – Phantoms MOM: Ales Padelek
Bison stats: Harding 1+1, Tait 0+2, Bordowski 1+0, Harewood 1+0, Norris 0+1, Ralph 0+1
Netminder: Mettam 38/1 (97.37%)
Phantoms stats: J.Ferrara 0+1, Padelek 1+0, Weldon 0+1
Netminder: Marr 26/3 (88.46%)
PIM’s: Bison 44 – 24 Phantoms. SOG: Bison 26 – 38 Phantoms.
Refs: Jarvie and Sevruk – Lino’s: MacPhee and Olczak
The Peterborough Phantoms were the first visitors to Planet Ice Basingstoke in 2020 as the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison looked to build on a fantastic 4-3 shoot out win away in Swindon on New Year’s Day. Only last Sunday were the Bison defeated away in Peterborough, giving the Herd extra motivation to gain some redemption and hopefully move themselves up into 3rd place in the league table.
There is often no love lost between the two sides and tonight would prove no different as Tom Norton and Liam Morris engaged in some fisticuffs at 5:33, with the Phantoms somehow being handed a four minute powerplay.
Thankfully the Herd escaped without conceding but just as the penalty was expiring, Tom Ralph was called for a debatable Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty at 8:57 and once again, the Bison found their PK units being tested to the extreme but they held firm.
The Phantoms were then penalised themselves at 13:06 as Bradley Bowering was called for Slashing, giving the home side their first powerplay of the night and they would punish the visitors in style. Fresh from celebrating his 27th birthday the day before, Adam Harding (Tait) accepted a pass from the wing with the Bison set up in the offensive zone and took his time in front of Jordan Marr before firing past the netminder at 14:43, giving the home side a 1-0 lead.
Each side would fall foul of the officials once more respectively but no further goals saw the Bison carry their 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
To say that the Bison would see themselves in plenty of penalty trouble during this period would be an understatement, as they received four consecutive penalties to begin the middle frame, leaving the crowd thoroughly irritated and they were not shy in voicing their displeasure towards the referee’s.
Unsurprisingly, after seeing off wave after wave of attacks from the visitors, the Phantoms would finally score through import forward Ales Padelek (J.Ferrara, Weldon) at 29:03, levelling the scores at 1-1. Shortly afterwards, Phantoms forward Joseph Gretton was called for Tripping but the Bison were unable to convert and a few minutes later,
Richard Bordowski of the Herd was handed a 2+10 minute penalty for Boarding at 34:53, bringing the PK unit back out for what felt like the millionth time tonight. Once more, they kept the Phantoms at bay and the score remained 1-1 heading into the second break.
A High-Sticks penalty against Phantoms’ import forward Petr Stepanek at 40:49 gave the Bison an early powerplay opportunity to re-establish a lead, but they were unable to make the man advantage count. Despite being outshot by almost two to one during the first and second periods, thanks to countless penalties being called against them, the Herd looked the more threatening team during 5-on-5 play and evidence of this came at 48:29 as they regained the lead. Young Welsh prospect Bayley Harewood (Harding) took a pass from his counterpart Adam Harding and with oodles of time, sent a wonderful low shot through Marr in the Phantoms net for a 2-1 Bison lead, as well as giving the forward his first home Bison goal (if Twitter is to be believed).
Remarkably, there hadn’t been a single penalty called since the first minute of the final period as both sides went in search of a highly valuable two points, with Alex Mettam being kept the busier of the two netminders overall and his team mates putting their bodies on the line in order to keep the Bison ahead.
Fans who attended games at Planet Ice Basingstoke during December will remember numerous last gasp, game-tying goals both for and against the Herd and were hoping not to see another one tonight. Instead, in a hugely relieving moment for multiple reasons, popular Bison import forward Richard Bordowski (Norris, Tait) put the icing on the cake by scoring at 59:08 to extend the Herd’s lead to 3-1. ‘Bordo’ burst forward into the offensive zone and through the Phantoms defence like it didn’t exist, before slotting the puck high past Jordan Marr for his first goal since returning from injury, bringing the biggest cheer of the night from the home fans.
There was still time for Liam Morris to receive a confusing Abuse of an Official penalty, before Joseph Gretton needlessly tangled with Ryan Sutton as the buzzer sounded but ultimately the scoreboard remained unchanged as the Bison emerged 3-1 winners and took another fantastic win!
A trip to Sheffield to face the Steeldogs is next for the Bison (Sunday 5th January), where master reporter Nigel Simmonds will report back, before the Herd return home next Saturday (Jan 11th) to hopefully ‘sea’ off the Hull Pirates. See you then!