The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees took their place in the final weekend of Britton Conference action of the 18/19 season as they lined up against the Peterborough Phantoms in the Southern Play-Off Finals.
Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees 4 Peterborough Phantoms 7
The teams lined up at full strength with the exception of Bees Ryan Watt for the game and Phantoms were on the board first through James Ferrara at 5.41. The puck was fed to the net and bounced off Ferrara and past Skinns. A powerplay goal at 16.32 from Glenn Billing doubled the visitors’ advantage and then they took advantage of another powerplay opportunity when Martins Susters netted with 1.24 left in the opening period.
A strike from Nathan Pollard gave the Phantoms a four goal margin at 26.36 and Ales Padelek scored at 28.02 for an imposing five goal lead. Stuart Mogg got the Bees on the board with a powerplay strike at 31.02 but Petr Stepanek scored for the visitors again at 31.57 for 1-6. Roman Malinik pulled back a goal at 34.12 and the second period ended 2-6.
Josh Martin scored the Bees third at 44.02 but a second from Padelek at 56.13 restored a four goal margin in favour of Peterborough. Malinik’s second left the Bees a chance in the second leg at 59.21 when he ended the first leg 4-7.
Bracknell: Malinik 2+0; Antonov 0+2; Martin, Mogg 1+0; Galazzi, Stead 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 18/7
Peterborough: Padelek 2+1; Pollard, Stepanek, Susters, Billing 1+1; J Ferrara 1+0; White, Weldon, R Ferrara, McEwen 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 34/4
Period Scores: 0-3/2-3/2-1
Shots On Goa: 34-18
Penalty Minutes: 20-20
Referee: Belfitt. Linesmen: Cook & Sitch-Cunningham
On Sunday the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees hit the road for the trip to Bretton to face the Phantoms in the second leg.
Peterborough Phantoms 6 Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees 4
Against the run of play, the home team extended their advantage in the first period. Martins Susters struck at 7.32 and while the Bees generated the majority of the clear cut chances in the first period Phantoms got a second, on the powerplay, from Susters at 18.16 for a 2-0 opening period.
Edward Knaggs scored a powerplay goal at 21.31 but Corey McEwen scored, also on a powerplay, at 24.24. With penalties coming Josh Smith scored with the man advantage at 26.34 and Tom Norton did the same at 29.36, with a 5 on 3 advantage, to leave Phantoms in the driving seat at the end of the second period.
1.47 into the final period Smith scored his second powerplay goal of the night to give the large Bees travelling support hope but Susters’ third of the night, and second on the powerplay, came at 46.58 just as Bees returned to four skaters. A fourth on the night, and third powerplay goal, for Susters came at 54.56 before Tyler VanKleef scored on yet another powerplay at 56.52 bringing the tally of man advantage goals to 9 in the game.
Peterborough: Susters 4+2; McEwen 1+3; Robson, Stepanek 0+2; Norton 1+0; White, Buglass, Padelek 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 37/4
Bracknell: Smith 2+0; Knaggs 1+1; Antonov, Malinik 0+2; VanKleef 1+0, Thompson, Sutton Stead 0+1. Net: Skinns (60.00) 21/6
Period Scores: 2-0/2-2/2-2
Shots On Goal: 21-37
Penalty Minutes: 14-53
Referee; S Matthews. Linesmen: Ormond & Cook
After the weekend a disappointed Doug Sheppard gave his view; “It was a frustrating weekend for us. I thought we played ok hockey but we just need to tighten up. We conceded a lot of powerplay goals but also scored a lot on the powerplay too but I want us to be playing 5 on 5 hockey at this time of year. We need to put the disappointment of the weekend behind us now and work hard to focus on Coventry this weekend and make sure we give it our best shot to reward our faithful supporters for their fantastic support this season.”