Weekend review – Tough challenges

The weekend for the TSI World Bracknell Bees had them drawn home and away against the Raiders with the battle for the play-offs intensifying.

TSI World Bracknell Bees 0 Raiders IHC 2

The first two periods of the game passed by scoreless as the teams battled. At 48.48 Aaron Connolly broke the deadlock with an even handed goal. Bees gambled the empty net to pull back into the game but Sean Barry secured the win with 21 seconds left when he found the open target.

Bracknell: Net: Goss (59.36) 33/1 & Empty Net (0.24) 1/1
Raiders IHC: Connolly, Barry 1+0; Ayliffe, Sylvester, James 0+1. Net: James (60.00) 30/0

Period Scores: 0-0/0-0/0-2
Shots On Goal: 30-34
Penalty Minutes: 2-4
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2235477

WIth much to do from the previous night the Bees headed to Romford for the second of their weekend games.

Raiders IHC 4 TSI World Bracknell Bees 3 (after overtime)

Dominik Gabaj opened the scoring for the Bees at 15.10 giving them a lead they’d hold on to for 32.09.

A hotly contested middle period failed to add to the scoring and it wasn’t until 47.19 when Erik Piatak scored his first to level the game. He netted again with a powerplay goal at 49.37 to give the home team the lead. With 1.24 left to play, Lukas Sladovsky made it 3-1 but Bees pulled their goaltender and Josh Ealey-Newman scored at 59.31 before Gabaj netted a second with just 13 seconds left in regulation time to force overtime.

Having secured a point from a seemingly impossible position with 29 seconds left in regulation time Bees couldn’t collect the second point which Sladovsky’s second goal of the night 1.43 into the extra period secured for the Raiders.

Raiders IHC: Piatak, Sladovsky 2+0; Scott 0+2; Ayliffe, Connolly, Novak 0+2. Net: James (61.43) 32/3
Bracknell: Gabaj 2+1; Ealey-Newman 1+0; Mogg 0+1. Net: Goss (59.50) 36/4 & Empty Net (0.53) 0/0

Period Scores: 0-1/0-0/3-2/1-0
Shots On Goal: 36-32
Penalty Minutes: 8-10
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2235481