Weekend review – A tough one

The weekend started on home ice for the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees with Streatham IHC visiting and another packed school zone.

Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees 5 Streatham IHC 6 (after penalty shots)

Andreas Siagris gave the visitors an ideal start chipping in at 1.12 with the game’s first goal. Ben Paynter levelled at 10.54 with a powerplay strike and Josh Martin put Bees ahead with 1.41 left in the opening period.

In the first period Streatham scored after 72 seconds, they scored in the second period after 73 seconds to level the game as Siagris bagged his second. A pair of second period goals by Roman Malinik at 27.28 and, on the powerplay, at 39.25 ensured the home team went to the second interval ahead 4-2.

Leigh Jamieson converted a powerplay 76 seconds into the third period and Alex Roberts brought parity at 52.55. Aidan Doughty scored at 55.36 to put Bees back ahead but a penalty to Josh Smith with 40 seconds to play proved crucial. Streatham went with an empty net and Leigh Jamieson scored his second of the night converting the powerplay at 59.36. At the same time Roman Malinik picked up a match penalty.

The game headed to overtime with Bees shorthanded it was 4 on 3. During overtime Ryan Watt returned from his earlier 10 minute penalty but the five minutes couldn’t split the teams. The first three shots of penalties were all saved and there was drama when Aidan Doughty got a retake for his shot as King was deemed to have moved too early. When Andreas Siagris scored the fifth penalty shot this left Josh Smith needing to score but his shot hit the post and come back out.

Bracknell: Malinik 2+2; Antonov 0+3; Doughty, Paynter, Martin 1+0; Knaggs, Galazzi, Smith, Mogg 0+1. Net: Skinns (65.00) 33/5
Streatham: Siagris, Jamieson 2+0; Roberts 1+1; Carr 0+2; GWP (Bench) 1+0; Webb, Soar, Ranson 0+1. Net: King (64.44) 42/5 & Empty Net (0.16) 0/0

Period Scores: 2-1/2-1/1-3/0-0/0-1
Shots on Goal: 42-33
Penalty Minutes: 47-8
Referee: B Evans. Linesmen: Edwards & Finch
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2135322

On Sunday the Bees travelled to Peterborough to take on the Phantoms missing Roman Malinik through suspension.

Peterborough Phantoms 4 Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees 2

The game started tense before Phantoms started outshooting the Bees and it would be the home team who enjoyed the results of their higher shot count with Scott Robson scoring at 16.43 and Nathan Pollard at 18.56 for a perfect 2-0 period.

The Bees came out fired up in the second period and exactly reversed the first period, outshooting the Phantoms and recording a 2-0 period with goals from Edward Knaggs at 23.25 and Shaun Thompson at 36.25 meaning there was all to play for in the final period.

A goal from Martin Susters early in the final period gave the home team an advantage. At 46.55 Phantoms had a goal disallowed as the net was off its moorings but Ales Padelek scored a fourth for the home team at 48.35. Bracknell’s timeout followed shortly after at 51.20 and with 2.39 left in the game Phantoms took their timeout. Bees Danny Milton left the net at 2.39 for the extra attacker but Phantoms held on to their 4-2 lead to take full points.

Peterborough: Robson 1+2; Pollard 1+1; Norton 0+2; Padelek, Susters 1+0; White, J Ferrara 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 31/2
Bracknell: Knaggs 1+1; Thompson 1+0; Paynter, Galazzi 0+1. Net: Milton (57.21) 32/4 & Empty Net: (2.39) 0/0

Period Scores: 2-0/0-2/2-0
Shots On Goal: 32-31
Penalty Minutes: 16-24
Referee: A Miller. Linesmen: F Sitch-Cunningham & A Ellison
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2135326

After the weekend Head Coach Doug Sheppard reflected; “We played some good hockey over the weekend and we proved we have good depth and can be a four line team when everyone is going. This weekend showed that there’s a fine line between a four point weekend and a one point weekend

“We played a solid 45 minutes on Saturday, then decided to shoot ourselves in the foot. We took some selfish penalties and it cost us, it’s that simple. We knew Sunday was going to be tough but it could have been different if we’d taken momentum from Saturday in with us.

He added; “If we’re to be successful we need better goaltending and we need to be more disciplined at times. When we play as a team from the goaltender outwards I think we can compete with anyone but at the minute we’re lacking consistency in both areas.