Weekend review – Short benched Bees battle for a home win

The TSI World Bracknell Bees spent their weekend either close to or at home as their road game saw them make the short journey down the M3 before heading back to the Hive to face the league’s newest team.

Speaking after the weekend Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard said; “I’m impressed with our compete level across the weekend. Sunday we had 4 regular forwards out but we got the job done and it was good to pick up two points at home. Hopefully, we’ll start getting injured bodies back soon but I was impressed by Josh Ealey-Newman and Casey Wilson last night making their first appearances.”

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The weekend kicked off on the road as the rivalry resumed between the Bees and Bison. It was an early goal from the home team that opened the scoring with Ashley Tait netting at 5.47, and his goal was followed up with a powerplay strike at 16.56 from George Norcliffe for a 2-0 opening period.

Roman Malinik single handledly pulled the Bees back into the game in the middle period with an even strength goal at 28.18 before a powerplay goal 3.01 later to level at 2-2. Under 2 minutes later however Richard Bordowski scored the game winner at 33.03.

Tait netted his second at 45.23 to add a safety margin to the Bison scored and when Hallam Wilson picked up a tripping penalty at 51.40 Doug Sheppard called the Bees time-out. Despite a desperate attempt to get back into the game, including 22 seconds of empty net, Bison clung on for the win.

Basingstoke: Tait 2+1; Wilson 0+2; Bordowski, Norcliffe 1+0; Jones, Harding, Dewey, Sampford, King 0+1. Net: Mettam (60.00) 15/2
Bracknell: Malinik 2+0; Knaggs, Smith, Martin 0+1. Net: Goss (59.38) 33/4 & Empty Net (0.22) 0/0

Period Scores: 2-0/1-2/2-0
Shots On Goal: 33-15
Penalty Minutes: 10-8
Referees: Hamilton & Hands. Linesmen: MacPhee & Sitch-Cunningham
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2228332

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Back on home ice an already short benched Bees team were now also without Aidan Doughty, added to the list of injured players, but did manage to add Josh Ealey-Newman and Casey Wilson to the line-up. It was Roman Malinik that opened the scoring with his wrist shot being too powerful for Miles Finney in the Chiefs net and set the score to 1-0 at 4.16. At 7.46 Bees doubled their lead when Josh Ealey-Newman buried a powerplay chance but Radel Meidl scored at 11.43 to reduce the visitors’ deficit.

The second period played out similar to the first period with the Bees adding to their advantage thanks to a second 2-1 period. Zack Milton scored at 34.23 and Ryan Webb’s speed outdid the Chiefs defence at 37.20 but in between the two Bees goals Chiefs kept themselves in the game thanks to Meidl’s second at 36.01.

Bees looked to close out the game in the third period but Chiefs fought back and made the final 4.01 interesting with their third goal at 55.59 from James Archer. Despite this Bees closed out for the win, remaining undefeated on home ice in the regular season so far.

Bracknell: Ealey-Newman 1+1; Colvin 0+2; Webb, Z Milton, Malinik 1+0; O’Flaherty, Smith, H Stead,
B Baird, Mogg 0+1. Net: Goss (60.00) 27/3
Leeds: Meidl 2+1; Archer 1+2; Bentham 0+2; Streetly 0+1. Net: Finney (60.00) 32/4

Period Scores: 2-1/2-1/0-1
Shots On Goal: 32-27
Penalty Minutes: 33-43
Referees: Stephenson & Sevruk. Linesmen: Lalonde & O’Neill
Gamesheet: https://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2228339