The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees final week of pre-season saw them challenge Raiders IHC home and away with the first leg taking place on the road.
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An early powerplay goal from Shaun Thompson set the tone as he scored at 4.25 and was followed up soon after by Aidan Doughty at 7.54 before a Raiders powerplay goal halved the lead at 10.44 when Oliver Baldock scored. With 14 seconds left in the opening period the lead was back at two thanks to James Galazzi.
Scott Spearing and JJ Pitchley traded middle period goals, with Spearing netting at 27.24 but Pitchley scoring straight back 24 seconds later. Ben Paynter chipped in with a goal at 28.49 for 2-5.
Despite 20 third period shots on goal, there was no further addition to the scoring and with 1.12 left to play Doug Sheppard swapped Bees netminders with Rory Edwards replacing Dean Skinns.
Raiders IHC: Baldock, Pitchley 1+0; Turner 0+1. Net: Clemments (60.00) 38/5
Bracknell: Galazzi 1+1; Antonov 0+2; Doughty, Thompson, Paynter, Spearing 1+0; Knaggs, Sutton, Smith, Hoang, Martin 0+1. Net: Skinns (58.48) 30/2 & Edwards (1.12) 0/0
Period Scores: 1-3/1-2/0-0
Shots On Goal: 30-38
Penalty Minutes: 22-6
Referee: T Stephenson. Linesmen: Lack & Campbell
On Sunday night action moved back to the Hive as the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees played host to the Raiders.
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It was only 21 seconds into the game that Vanya Antonov had the Bees ahead and then a second shy of halfway through the first period Aidan Doughty scored his first of the night to double up the advantage. The first period ended with either net only being breached those two times for 2-0.
1.35 into the second period Brendon Baird raced in to fire Bees ahead by 3 with a shorthanded strike before Dan Scott scored the opener for the Raiders on the powerplay at 25.13. At 26.25 Roman Malinik wound up from the point to score a powerplay goal, then Josh Smith struck at 32.03 before Mason Webster scored the visitors’ second at 35.22 with another powerplay goal. Aidan Doughty’s second of the night concluded the second period scoring when he hammed in a powerplay goal at 38.14
Raiders swapped netminders for the third period and Bradley Windebank saved all nine shots he faced while Raiders’ captain Aaron Connolly scored the only goal of the period at 48.25 to finish the scoring 6-3.
Bracknell: Doughty 2+1; Malinik 1+2; B Baird, Smith 1+1; Thompson 0+2; Antonov 1+0; Stead, Martin, J Baird 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 25/3
Raiders IHC: A Connolly, Scott, M Webster 1+0; Turner, Ayliffe, Chong, Baldock, Novak 0+1. Net: Clements (40.00) 24/5 & Windebank (20.00) 9/0
Period Scores: 2-0/4-2/-01
Shots On Goal: 35-25
Penalty Minutes: 20-14
Referee: P Brooks. Linesmen: Sytch-Cunningham & Eliasson
After the weekend’s games Head Coach Doug Sheppard commented; “This was a satisfactory conclusion to our pre-season. It was a good weekend of tests against a Raiders team who’ve definitely improved over last season.
“This weekend was a good opportunity to work on lots of elements of our game and I’m happy we’re probably in the best position we could be to get into the season next weekend after another good week of training.”
Bees TV highlights will be available later in the week via our website.