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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v Slough Jets
Updated 8:30pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Sport
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- Swindon Wildcats 1-2 Slough Jets (after OT)
- Swindon gain three points on opening weekend
- Wildcats beat hosts Basingstoke last night
- Import forward Juha Silvander makes home debut
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
That's it for tonight then. Get all the reaction from tonight's game in tomorrow's Swindon Advertiser with plenty more to come throughout the week.
Three points out of a possible four from the opening weekend for Swindon then. I suspect they will be pretty pleased with that.
Swindon's man of the match was Alex Symonds.
Slough's man of the match is Dan Scott.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 2 (64.36)
With just 24 seconds to go before the shootout, Pliskauskas breaks free, charges towards Lyle and pulls back into the slot for Kieras to slam home. Cruel on the hosts who had held out for so long, but you can't say the Jets didn't deserve it.
Just over a minute to go.
Ref Matthews gets wiped out. Carnage!
Stevie Whitfield of all people bombing down the ice and testing Rockman!
Cats are clinging on for dear life here.
Lyle denies Pliskauskas.
Overtime has started.
Shots on goal by Slough for the regulation 60 minutes, 37, while Swindon managed just 18. This would be a smash 'n' grab if Cats were to snatch it in OT.
Great scrambling from Moore and Godfrey to keep Slough at the end.
We are going to overtime.
Silvander fires into the dangerzone. Nothing doing. Time out called by Slough.
Kieras gets two minutes for delay of game. Powerplay! Just over two minutes left.
Davies was right in front of the net but couldn't get the puck out of his feet.
Slough. Exactly. Ex-Swindon defenceman Fojtik sent home the winning penalty at the Hangar.
So, who were the only team Swindon beat in OT last season?
Lyle picks a Tomas Fojtik shot out of the air with ease.
Six minutes to go.
Overtime looks increasingly likely.
Sam Godfrey does just enough to put off Matt Towalski as he bears down on Lyle and between them the Cats pair scramble clear.
Just over 10 minutes left here.
Lyle saves high from Darius Pliskauskas.
Cats penalised for an icing infringement. Floyd Taylor does the two minutes.
Six minutes gone of the third period.
Penalty killed. Slough will be kicking themselves.
Excellent save by Lyle from Davies in the meantime.
Cats one man down now.
The third period has begun. Cats two men down, don't forget.
Here we go again then.
Ryan Watt is an interested spectator tonight, mixing with fans from both teams.
So, in summary, Aldridge has 39 seconds to serve when we resume. Symonds has 1.12 to wait.
That got fairly lively a couple of times but no goals in period two. Still work to do for Swindon when we get under way again.
The Jets outshot Swindon 14-7 in that period, taking them to 23-14 up overall. Still only one statistic that matters, though, and that's the scoreline, which is still 1-1.
That's the end of the second period.
Off the iron from Padelek with a monster of a slapshot.
And now the same treatment for Symonds for the same offence. Double powerplay!
Aldridge gets two minutes for slashing.
Three minutes to go.
Penalty killed by the Jets.
Just over seven minutes remaining of the second period.
Two minutes for Long for slashing.
Wildcats see out the minute and are back to full strength themselves.
Slough back to full strength.
Hoog inches away again.
Triple save from Lyle before Rockman saves well from the motoring Hoog.
What this boils down to is that Wildcats have five minutes to serve and Slough have four. This could get interesting.
I have also blemished my beautiful programme. Damn. Needless to say the decision didn't go down well with the home supporters.
Just as I stay that... it's a match penalty for high-sticks on Aku Pekkarinen, while Ciaran Long gets 2+2 for roughing. Couldn't see a great deal, only the Swindon man falling on top of his rival.
This game needs a powerplay or two to shake things up.
Good chance Sandvik. Smuggled wide by Rockman.
Three minutes gone and the closest we've come was Wildcats skipper Shane Moore fizzing just past the iron from wide out.
Period two is under way.
That first period was so uneventful, I reckon my gamesheet might be correctly filled in for once.
Slough outshot their hosts 9-7 in the opening period.
There wasn't a great deal going on in that first period and there wasn't much between the teams. Anyone fancy an early dose of overtime/penalty shots?
Hoog will be pretty irritated he couldn't get a clean shot off when one-on-one with Rockman, though, so swings and roundabouts.
That's the end of the first period. A draw is just about fair. Slough might disagree on that one, mind.
Slapshot wide from Hoog.
Hoog is tripped when clean through on goal. Two minutes for Mindy Kieras.
Three minutes left.
Dan Davies shoves his stick into Aku Pekkarinen's chest, who lets the Slough man know he won't stand for any nonsense.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 1, 13.39
Henri Sandvik sends a wristshot low into the right corner past Rockman and boy did he enjoy that one. The Finn leaps into the air in delight and is subsequently mobbed by his teammates. Assists from Sam Smith and Adam Harding,
Alex Symonds and ex-Wildcat Lee Richardson square up for a moment. Interesting.
Coming up to 12 minutes gone. Still no penalties taken by either team.
Padelek comes mighty close Gain from close range. Good glove from Lyle.
GOAL! Wildcats 0 Slough 1, 4.09
A shot from the point by Sam Waller is tipped on by Ales Padelek and the puck dribbles past Lyle's foot. Looked a bit of a soft one. Koulikov also got an assist.
Four minutes played. Goalless. Lyle denies Slava Koulikov from close range.
Head coach Ryan Aldridge is playing first line, as I understand he did last night.
Period one is go.
Here we go...
Stevie Lyle and Gregg Rockman in goal of course.
There's a slight issue with importing Twitter comments tonight, which I'm hoping will be fixed by next weekend. Apologies.
The players are out on the ice.
The officials just walked past me and I definitely heard one of them use the phrase 'no Watty'. Certain amount of relief, perhaps?
For those of you of a certain (geeky) dispositon, the referees tonight are Cloutman and Matthews and the linesmen are Fusco and Dolphin.
Around 10 minutes until face-off here.
I'm hoping and praying that the 3G signal will hold up at the Link Centre tonight. I'm told there's no wi-fi in the rink following the refurb so let's keep our fingers crossed.
There's no Ryan Watt for Slough tonight which should take away a bit of the Jets' physical edge. He picked up a game ban against Guildford last night. No Jan Melichar for Swindon of course as he is the fifth import.
Based on pre-season games, you'd say Swindon have a good shot tonight. The new boys seem to be settling in well but the man everyone is talking about is the new import, Juha Silvander. If he turns out to be the goal-getter Wildcats think he is, games like this will become that little bit easier. We shall see.
Time to get those predictions in. Could it be a four-point opening weekend for the Wildcats?
Good evening, hockey fans.
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