The TSI World Bracknell Bees started their weekend on home ice with a clash against Raiders IHC.
TSI World Bracknell Bees 11 Raiders IHC 4
Formerly signed to the Bees, Greg Blais got the start in net for the Raiders with Adam Goss guarding the home team’s pipes. James Galazzi was the first to score at 4.37 bringing the teddy bears out onto the ice for the Daisy’s Dream teddy bear toss. Luke Jackson added a second for the home team at 4.58 before Blahoslav Novak scored a powerplay goal at 15.55 to keep the scoreline close after the opening period.
Thomas Adams replaced Greg Blais for the second period and the Bees set about opening their lead. Aidan Doughty netted on the powerplay at 23.18 for 3-1 but Jake Sylvester scored a powerplay goal at 25.05. Dominik Gabaj netted at 26.12 but his was matched with Aaron Connolly scoring at 26.49. Two back to back goals from debutant Caly Robertson did open a gap at 27.55 and 31.57.
The opening 10 minutes of the third period saw no additions to the scoring but Gabaj’s second at 52.41 opened the flood gates. Josh Ealey-Newman scored at 53.01 before Brandon Ayliffe netted the Raiders’ fourth at 54.47. Bees hadn’t finished yet though with Zack Milton scoring at 55.00 before a shorthanded strike from Gabaj at 58.19 completed his hattrick. Josh Martin scored an unassisted goal at 59.22 to bring up the Bees eleventh of the night.
Bracknell: Gabaj 3+2; Z Milton 1+4; Robertson 2+1; Martin, Doughty 1+1; Malinik 0+2; Galazzi, Jackson, Ealey-Newman 1+0; W Stead, B Baird, Mogg, Knaggs 0+1. Net: Goss (60.00) 28/4
Raiders IHC: Novak, Connolly 1+1; Sladovsky 0+2; Sylvester, Ayliffe 1_0; Piatak, Webster 0+1. Net: Blais (20.00) 15/2 & Adams (40.00) 33/9
Period Scores: 2-1/4-2/5-1
Shots On Goal: 48-28
Penalty Minutes: 16-6
Sunday’s game followed the long road trip to Sheffield where the Steeldogs awaited.
Sheffield Steeldogs 4 TSI World Bracknell Bees 3 (after penalty shots)
It was the home team who scored first at 9.48 with a shorthanded goal from Vladimir Luka but Will Stead soon had things level at 11.20 for a tied first period.
A powerplay goal at 28.12 put the home team back ahead but Caly Robertson equalised at 34.19 before Dominik Gabaj gave the Bees the lead at 35.06.
With all but 1.15 of the final period going by scoreless it was a Lewis Bell strike at 58.45 that forced the game to overtime.
Overtime failed to separate the teams so it went to penalty shots. Graham missed for the Steeldogs and Malinik was saved for the Bees. Luka scored for the Steeldogs while Gabaj missed. Spurr’s penalty shot was saved meaning Josh Smith had to score but when his shot was saved Sheffield took the win.
Sheffield: Bell 1+1; Morgan 0+2; Graham, Luka, GWP 1+0; Elliot, Wood 0+1. Net: Zimzodra (64.39) 35/3 & Empty Net (0.21) 0/0
Bracknell: Galazzi 0+2; Stead, Robertson, Gabaj 1+0; Martin, Jackson, Mogg 0+1. Net: Goss (65.00) 38/3
Period Scores: 1-1/1-2/1-0/0-0/1-0
Shots On Goal: 38-35
Penalty Minutes: 6-8