Weekend Review – A distracted weekend

The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees had a tough weekend ahead with a road trip to Basingstoke followed by a home game against the Raiders.

Speaking following Sunday’s game Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard summed up the weekend; “It’s a shame the weekend was overshadowed by incidents that occurred. I know why I left and I came to what I believe is a better organisation with, I feel, better support from the Directors. If anyone wants to have a dig at me, I can take it but the minute anyone starts taking a dig at our players and their families it certainly crosses the line. I had a lot of respect for that organisation and I know the fans I know from there would not have been very happy about it. The culture that we built there would not have stood for that. I feel Saturday was out of order, classless and showed a complete lack of respect for our team and the sport of ice hockey. I’d like to think the league will take the correct action in dealing with this situation.

Bullying is a massive problem around the world and I hope that the EIHA would take a stand.

He concluded, “I’m proud of the guys for bouncing back with a much needed two points tonight (Sunday).”

The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees started their weekend with a road trip to Basingstoke to face the Bison in a local derby game.

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The Bees went into the weekend missing Captain Joe Baird and starting netminding duties were taken by Alex Mettam and Dean Skinns.

BIson took early advantage with Russell Cowley opening the scoring at 14.19 and George Norcliffe scoring on the powerplay at 16.23 to record a 2-0 opening period.

Two quick goals for the Bees started the second period with Zack Milton at 21.57 followed by Roman Malinik at 22.31 to restore parity. A shorthanded strike from Cowley at 29.46 gave the home team back their lead and Sam Smith netting at 34.58 ensured the period was tied and Bison headed to the second interval 4-2 ahead.

A goal from Michal Klejna 1.20 into the third period made the Bees comeback task harder and despite 13 shots on goal Bees couldn’t break through in the final period but Cowley did complete his hat-trick at 55.26 to secure a 6-2 win.

Period Scores: 2-0/2-2/2-0
Shots On Goal: 30-27
Penalty Minutes:8-12
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: F Sitch-Cunningham & A Strain
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2135380

Sunday saw the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees return to home ice to take on the Raiders at the Hive.

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Stephen Matthews refereed his second game of the weekend when the Bees returned to the Hive to welcome the Raiders. Dean Skinns and Michael Grey got the starts in nets and a dominant start from the home team saw the visitors’ goaltender the much busier of the two in the early exchanges. With the Raiders killing off their first penalty Shaun Thompson converted the Bees second powerplay with the opening goal at 11.14. Bees went on to kill their only penalty of the first period before taking the interval 1-0 ahead.

A good start to the second period saw the home team net their second early as Aidan Doughty bagged a powerplay goal at 23.40 and a fast finish from Roman Malinik at the other end of the period saw Bees complete a 2-0 period as Mailink scored at even strength with 1.41 to play in the middle period.

The Raiders pulled back into the game in the third period saw a shorthanded strike from Liam Chong at 51.34 followed by an even strength goal from Dan Scott at 53.12 to pull back to within a goal. With time ticking away Raiders pulled Grey from the net at 59.24 but turned the puck over and Josh Smith skated in before slotting the puck into the empty target for the Bees’ fourth at 59.36.

Period Scores: 1-0/2-0/1-2
Shots On Goal: 34-21
Penalty Minutes: 8-12
Referee: S Matthews. Linesmen: F Sitch-Cunningham & N Carmichael
Gamesheet: http://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2135383