It’s a single game weekend for the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees who, after a Saturday night off, take on Streatham IHC at the Hive on Sunday night.
Streatham are once again coached by Jeremy Cornish this season who will see his 2018/19 team line up against Aidan Doughty, Brendan Baird, and Ben Paynter who iced for Streatham last year but this year are all wearing Bees colours. Ryan Watt also made the transfer over the summer but is yet to ice for the Bees.
Matthew Colclough left Streatham over the summer and was replaced by Damien King, signed from the Invicta Dynamos. The 27 year old shot stopper has a wealth of experience behind him with the Peterborough Phantoms in the EPL before joining the Dynamos. His partner will be 21 year old Nathan Gregory who is no stranger to the Hive having learned his hockey here.
In the summer of 2017 Cornish recruited experience from the Milton Keynes Lightning last roster of their EPL years bringing in Adam Carr and Michael Farn. Both of them ice again this campaign and are joined by Leigh Jamieson signing from Peterborough.
Other additions to the squad include Rupert Quiney who joins from MK Thunder, Thomas Bailey from London and Joshua Condren from Invicta.
An all Brit defence looks quite strong leaving Cornish to sign both his non-EIHA trained players up front. Canadian Alex Roberts is an imposing figure standing at 6’3” and weighing 205lbs but the right shooter comes in after a season out the game. The other is Canadian born, dual national Andreas Siagris who played with the club last season putting up 12+7 last year in 23 NIHL starts.
The Bees once again ice with only Roman Malinik as a non-EIHA trained player, this game being the third in the four game suspension imposed on the club. Ryan Watt continues to miss out and is a few weeks away yet from starting his season.
Having started with wins over both Raiders and Dynamos last weekend Head Coach Doug Sheppard will be looking to keep that running this weekend. He explained; “It’s a one game weekend for both us and Streatham, we want to keep our momentum going and I’m sure Streatham, with just the one game as well, are going to be up for Sunday. That should make for a very entertaining game.
“They have some big bodies in their line-up and have brought in some key players this summer and that mix means they’re going to be a tough opponent this season.”
The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees take on Streatham this Sunday at the Hive. Doors open at 5.15pm, face-off is at 6.00pm. Tickets can be bought in advance for the game via 01344 789000.