Weekend Preview – It’s the final countdown

The biggest weekend of the season keeps on coming for the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees as last weekend’s emphatic win over the Swindon Wildcats saw the Bees qualify for both the Britton Conference Final this weekend and the Coventry Final four the following weekend.

This weekend, in a repeat of the Cup Semi-Final, the Bees are in home and away action against the Peterborough Phantoms for the chance to be crowned Britton Conference Play-Off Champions.

The Bees have hit their stride in the Play-offs so far with both the quarter-final and semi-final first legs ending in draws ahead of the win being claimed in the second leg. The Bees will play the home leg on Saturday night, looking to take a lead into the away leg, to be played on Sunday in Peterborough.

While the Bees were defeating the Wildcats in qualifying through the semi-finals the Phantoms were doing battle with Basingstoke Bison, edging out our near neighbours 8-5.

Bees Aidan Doughty topped the scoring across the semi-final weekend with 3+1 while Roman Malinik accrued 2+1. Corey McEwen leads the Phantoms scoring with 0+3 from their Bison series.

There’s a Buzz around the Bees at the moment. This new Play-off format was first used last season but this is still the most successful Play-off run in Bracknell in over a decade with the weekend following being the first appearance of the Bees since 2008 in Coventry.

Under Head Coach Doug Sheppard, who signed a three year contract to remain at the Bees just last weekend, the team have adopted a simple philosophy through the play-offs so far of playing Bees hockey and not being afraid of the game or the opponent.

Head Coach Doug Sheppard refuses to focus on Coventry weekend until this week’s important Britton conference final is done. He explained; “It’s exciting times at the Hive knowing we’ve qualified for the final four in Coventry next weekend but all of our focus will be on Peterborough for this weekend.

Our supporters were amazing for both home and away games last week, it’s great to see our fan base grow as the season progresses.”

Bees are on home ice at the Hive on Saturday at 6.00pm and play in Peterborough on Sunday at 5.30pm.