The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees had just a single game this weekend against last season’s runners-up Peterborough Phantoms.
Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees 4 Peterborough Phantoms 5
Referee Stephen Matthews started the game with a packed School Zone watching on but Bees fell foul of penalty trouble early on when Aidan Doughty picked up a 2+10 check to the head call at 1.14. After 1.12 of the man advantage the visitors were ahead thanks to a powerplay goal from Corey McEwen at 2.26. Bees pulled level through Vanya Antonov at 6.17 but less than a minute later Ales Padelek had restored the Phantoms lead at 7.08. Padelek scored his second of the night at 19.00 to make it 1-3 with 60 seconds left in the opening period.
Danny Milton took over goaltending duties for the Bees as the second period started and just 62 seconds into the period Roman Malinik made it 2-3. After the home team had rung the ironwork a delayed penalty goal from Vanya Antonov levelled the game at 3-3 just after half way at 30.23. A Tom Norton powerplay allowed James Galazzi to score the go ahead goal at 34.24 putting the Bees ahead for the first time in the game.
At 41.41 Harry Ferguson levelled the game with a delayed penalty goal and there was drama as the game passed the 50 minute mark when Phantoms believed they’d scored but the goal was waved off but with 5.40 to play a shorthanded delayed penalty goal from Petr Stepanek turned out to be the game-winner as he tipped the score to 4-5.
Bracknell: Antonov 2+1; Malinik 1+2; Galazzi 1+0; Doughty, Thompson, Stead, B Baird 0+1. Net: Skinns (19.45) 8/3, Milton (39.05) 17/2 & Empty Net (1.10) 0/0
Peterborough: Padelek 2+0; Stepanek 1+1; Norton, J Ferrara 0+2; Fergusson, McEwen 1+0; Buglass, Billing 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 20/4
Period Scores: 1-3/3-0/0-2
Shots On Goal: 20-25
Penalty Minutes: 32-8
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: A Lack & F Sitch-Cunningham
After the game Head Coach Doug Sheppard shared his thoughts; “I think the energy and effort was there but we made some big mistakes and they capitalised. It was almost like we wanted it too bad. We need to take things in our stride and play more as a team and in time things will turn. Things don’t seem to be going our way but we know we’re going to get a few bounces to fall our way.”
He finished by adding; “It’s maybe a good time for a Sunday off and we’ll look to get back on track for next weekend.”