Basingstoke Bison Coach Doug Sheppard says he was impressed with his side’s 6-1 thrashing of fierce rivals Bracknell Bees in the National Cup.
Just 5 minutes in the Bees were penalised as James Galazzi crashed into Bison keeper Dean Skinns, sending the Basingstoke man into his own net.
Roman Malinik then scored the opener for the Herd, with Daniel Scott stunning the Bees’ keeper Alex Mettam soon after with a powerful long range shot from a powerplay.
Tomas Karpov continued the scoring in the second period on a delayed penalty call, whilst Daniel Scott scored another long range shot shortly after when the puck broke to him at the top of the hash marks.
Hallam Wilson then fired in the fifth of the game, and was soon after knocked to the ice as the Bees’ frustration grew.
However in the third period, Wilson kept his cool and, showing little to no signs of damage from the hit, took the Bison to 6 goals after skilfully breezing past the Bees’ number 4 Luke Jackson, and slotting the puck cleanly past the keeper.
The opposition pulled one back through Joshua Thomas Martin with just 6 minutes to go, ending hopes of a clean sheet for Bison keeper Alex Mettam, but it was too little too late for the Bees.
“I thought we played really well tonight,” said Bison Coach Doug Sheppard, “We’ve been playing well for three weeks and we wanted to keep things going.”
“Derby nights can get like that,” he said about some of the nasty hits, “especially with the scoreline being what it was. They’re obviously frustrated, lost a few in a row, but I thought our guys handled it with some great play, and played hard throughout”.
Basingstoke Bison’s next game in the cup is away to Swindon Wildcats on Boxing Day, with the return leg the following day.