Weekend Preview – Thunder and Cats ahead

It’s hockey time again this weekend and the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees carry on their 2018/19 National Ice Hockey League campaign with a road trip to Milton Keynes before the Swindon Wildcats visit the Hive.

On Saturday Doug Sheppard takes his team to face the Milton Keynes Thunder in a reverse of last Sunday’s fixture. On home ice last weekend the Bees ran out 2-0 winners totally shutting down the Thunder’s offence. The Thunder were limited to just 17 shots on the Bees net while Jordan Lawday was kept very busy at the other end ensuring the scoreline didn’t get past 2-0.

This coming Sunday it’s the Swindon Wildcats who are back at the Hive. The ‘Cats were tough pre-season opponents but since then the Bees have made personnel changes and enjoyed a successful start to the league campaign.

Players to watch out for with the Wildcats include the dangerous Player/Coach Aaron Nell along with imports Maxim Bibraer and Jan Kostal. The defence is highly experienced with Sam Godfrey, Steve Whitfield and veteran Neil Liddiard all ready to patrol the blue line with Renny Marr in between the pipes.

Head Coach Doug Sheppard spoke of the weekend ahead; “It’s important we keep the momentum going we generated from last weekend. We controlled the majority of the play against Milton Keynes last Sunday but I expect them to be much better their own rink.”

On Sunday we play Swindon, who may well be the team to beat this season. We will need to be at our best to pick up the points. We have home ice advantage with our fans behind us and guys will be ready for a big game. We need to win all the one on one battles, playing hard but keeping our discipline.”

Saturday’s game in Milton Keynes is a 7.00pm face-off with Sunday’s tilt at the Hive being a 6.00pm face-off.