Weekend Preview – We must bounce back

This weekend the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees will be looking to bounce back this weekend as they take on Invicta Dynamos and Raiders IHC.

On Saturday night Doug Sheppard’s team skate out on home ice to take on Invicta at the Hive. The teams have had three previous meetings with Bees running out winners in all three.

It’s been a tough season for the Dynamos with results rarely going in their favour and a string of departures in the season so far affecting the roster. Martin Susters left the Kent club and headed to Peterborough with Edmund Piacka also leaving after just 11 games. The Bartlett Brothers, Grant and Cameron, headed to Chelmsford. They’ve added Connor Morris and Lewis English and netminder Ryan Giles.

Starting netminder is Adam Long who’s played for Peterborough, Chelmsford and Hull before signing in Kent. Playing in front of him is the defence including the team’s only current import Ondrej Zosiak, now in his fourth season with the Dynamos. Other than Aaron Strawson from Sheffield there’s a local feel to the defence.

A mix of youth and experience plays up front with former Bee Matt Foord being the oldest (37) on the team lining up alongside the youngest, Owen Bell 21 years his junior.

The season hasn’t started smoothly on or off the ice for the Dynamos but with a recent well supported fund raising campaign head coach Kevin Parrish will be looking to press on and climb from the foot of the table.

Sunday sees the Bees on the road in Romford where they take on the Raiders. In competition so far this season the Bees have 5 from 6 points from the Raiders.

Summer flagship signings Aaron Connolly and Dan Scott have been added to with the mid season capture of Ashley Jackson. Jackson spent last season with the Bison initially before then heading to Invicta to complete last season. He remained unsigned through the start of 18/19 before putting pen to paper for the Raiders.

Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard looked ahead to the weekend; “We have to forget about the weekend just gone and start moving forward. It’s an AVSS School Zone game so we’re expecting a good crowd. We’re doing some good things in spurts but I’ll be looking for us to up our consistency this weekend and get back on track.”