After two weekends and four games of pre-season, the TSI World Bracknell Bees kicked off their season with a home and away weekend against Peterborough Phantoms. The weekend started with Bees legend Mate Cote inducted into the Hive of Fame.
The home game on Saturday saw the Bees triumph in a tight encounter while Phantoms won their home game on Sunday after 40 minutes couldn’t split the teams the home team snuck a win out in the third period.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard gave his thoughts on the weekend; “There are so many positives to take away from the weekend. I’m pleased with the way we played and competed and to come back from two goals down on Saturday to take the win showed the character in our team.
“We knew Sunday would be tough in Peterborough, especially going short-benched, but it was 0-0 after two periods. We gave ourselves every chance to win but hit penalty trouble in the final period and the Phantoms capitalised. We learned we need to tighten up on our discipline and we’ll do that.
“We put on a good show in the opening weekend of the new national league. It’s exciting, fast paced, competitive hockey at a good standard. We have things to work on which we will but I’m looking forward to next weekend.”
TSI World Bracknell Bees 5 Peterborough Phantoms 4
It was a bad start for the Bees when the Phantoms opened the scoring just 2.50 into the game with Glenn Billing converting a powerplay. A delayed penalty goal from Petr Stepanek at 13.36 doubled the visiting team’s lead but Stuart Mogg finished a powerplay at 19.32 to end the first period 1-2.
The teams had to share the middle period spoils with a second powerplay goal from Mogg at 31.21 levelling the game before James Ferrara scored at 37.05 to maintain the Phantoms lead heading into the second interval.
It took only 2.13 of the final period for Vanya Antonov to level the game again and his second, 9.02 later, put the Bees ahead for the first time on the night. Zack Milton scored the game winner on the powerplay with 4.13 left on the clock and even though Will Weldon scored shorthanded at 57.31 Bees took the win.
Bracknell: Antonov 2+1; Mogg 2+0; Martin 0+2; Z Milton 1+0; O’Flaherty, Doughty, Smith, Malinik, Knaggs 0+1. Net: Goss (60.00) 20/4
Peterborough: Stepanek, Billing, Weldon 1+1; J Ferrara 1+0; Norton, Padelek, R Ferrara 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 26/5
Period Scores: 1-2/1-1/3-1
Shots On Goal: 26-20
Penalty Minutes: 8-16
Referees: Cuglietta & Sevruk. Linesmen: Olczak & Pullar
Peterborough Phantoms 3 TSI World Bracknell Bees 0
After a long road trip the TSI World Bracknell Bees started their second encounter of the weekend with the Phantoms.
The first two periods passed by scoreless with the teams trading powerplay opportunities but heading into both the first and second period.
It was into the final 10 minutes before the deadlock was finally broken thanks to Petr Stepanek on the powerplay at 50.17. A strike from Ales Padelek just 19 seconds later made it 2-0 and Martins Susters scored on the powerplay with 27 seconds left to end a close game with a favourable scoreline for the home team.
Peterborough: Susters 1+1; J Ferrara 0+2; Padelek, Stepanek 1+0; Norton, Robson 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 23/0
Bracknell: Net: Goss (60.00) 38/3
Period Scores: 0-0/0-0/3-0
Shots On Goal: 38-23
Penalty Minutes: 22-40
Referees: Cuglietta & Stephenson. Linesmen: O’Neill & Pullar