The TSI World Bracknell Bees headed to Swindon for their Saturday game before welcoming Milton Keynes Lightning back to the Hive for the first time in a couple of seasons on Sunday night.
Speaking after the weekend Doug Sheppard, Bees Head Coach, reflected on the two performances; “On Saturday we had great goltending and we gave ourselves a chance to win. We made a solid push at the start of the third period but didn’t get anything. We know we need to keep our composure to win in those kind of games.
On Sunday I thought we came out a bit flat for the opening period. After Saturday we needed to come out with a sense of urgency and there is no excuse for coming out flat. We pulled ourselves together and found a way to get the win but discipline nearly cost us and that’s again something we’ll need to tighten up on.”
Swindon Wildcats 5 TSI World Bracknell Bees 0
Saturday saw the home team run away with the scoreline at the end of a close, tense game. They were off to a good start with Edgars Bebris finding the back of the net just 1.19 into the game but the first period ended 1-0.
The second period ended 2-0 thanks to an Aaron Nell strike 45 seconds into the period but despite the two goal lead the game was tight and close heading into the final period.
Needing to open up to get back into the game the Bees found themselves in early trouble in the period when Tomasz Malasinski scored on the powerplay at 45.27. The game started slipping away at 58.21 when Chris Jones scored for 4-0 and a powerplay goal from Jason Warren completed the night with just 6 seconds left on the clock.
Swindon: Bebris, Nell, Malasinski 1+2; Jones 1+1; Liddiard 0+2; Warren 1+0; Kostal 0+1. Net: Marr (59.53) 30/0 & Empty Net (0.07) 0/0
Bracknell: Net: Goss (59.55) 40/5 & Empty Net (0.05) 0/0
Period Scores: 1-0/1-0/3-0
Shots On Goal: 40-30
Penalty Minutes: 12-12
Referees: Belfitt & Jarvie Linesmen: Stanley & Carrington
TSI World Bracknell Bees 4 Milton Keynes Lightning 3
After penalty shots
Following dissapointent in Wiltshire the Bees returned to home ice and renewed rivalrly with the Milton Keynes Lightning on their return to tier 2 hockey.
It would be the visitors who took the lead at 9.40 when Rio Grinnell-Parke was alone in front of the net and allowed to finish. The Lightning enjoyed a successful first period in which they minimised the Bees chances to hang on to their lead.
The Bees returned for the second looking far more dangerous and despite a significant amount of time spend shorthanded threatened to level the game on numerous occasions. Finally, with 1.18 left on the clock in the middle period the Bees levelled through Will Stead who was anchoring his position in front of the net and just as a Bees powerplay came to an end managed to finish from Roman Malinik to level up heading into the second interval.
Robin Kovar was making his home ice debut for the Bees having been kept out due to an injury sustained in pre-season and made his presence felt in the third period. He had to wait his turn after a turbulent start to the period which saw Lightning sneak back ahead thanks to a Ben Russell goal at 40.26. Bees then had to weather a period spent shorthanded before Kovar scored a powerplay goal at 49.35 to level at 2-2. His second came within 3 minutes, this one at even strength giving the Bees the lead for the first time. A match penalty was called on Brendan Baird at 53.15 giving Milton Keynes a full five minute powerplay. Grinnell-Parke’s second of the night came within the first minute of the powerplay at 53.56 but they failed to convert any further and the game headed into overtime.
Three on Three overtime couldn’t separate the teams despite a penalty call against the Bees giving the Lightning a significant powerplat chance at it was down to penalty shots. Ari Narhi shot first to be denied by Goss and Aidan Doughty took the first shot for the Bees to be denied by Lawday. The Lightning second shot was also saved but Kovar’s third goal of the night broke the penalty shootout deadlock. Adam Goss went on to win the game for the Bees forcing Lightning’s third shooter wide of the net.
Bracknell: Kovar 2+0; W Stead 1+0; GWP 1+0; Knaggs, Doughty,Mogg, Malinik 0+1. Net: Goss (65.00) 25/3
Milton Keynes: Grinell-Parke 2+0; Kana, Tanaka 0+2; Russell 1+0; Cowley, Narhi 0+1. Net: Lawday (65.00) 27/3
Period Scores: 0-1/1-0/2-2/0-0/1-0
Shots On Goal: 27-25
Penalty Minutes: 57-16
Referees: Sevruk & Brooks. Linesmen: Lalonde & O’Neil