This live event has finished
- Bracknell Bees 3-6 Swindon Wildcats (result)
- Bracknell scorers: James Galazzi, Lukas Smital, Grant Rounding
- Swindon scorers: Tomas Fojtik, Aaron Nell (2), Henri Sandvik (2), Jan Kostal
- Wildcats secure four-point weekend
- Link Centre side retain fifth place in EPL
- Get involved using #wildcatslive
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
That's all we've got time for folks. Told you it would be a cracker. Join me next weekend for more of the same.
HEAD COACH RYAN ALDRIDGE ON TONIGHT'S WIN
"We've got a belief in ourselves right now, but we know we have to work every game.
"We missed Jonas off the powerplay and it's a tough place to come and play.
"To win like that was great for us."
Right. Reaction time.
Manchester 3 Milton Keynes 2 (after PSO), Peterborough 5 Basingstoke 2, Sheffield 3 Slough 6, Guildford 2 Telford 3.
A penny for Ryan Aldridge's thoughts right now.
Two very different games but a fantastic 4 points. Watch out EPL, the Cats are on fire atm! #letsgowildcats #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 26 January 2014
GO CATS!!! Great Win tonight, what a game. #wildcatslive— @RoccoRichards 26 January 2014
That's five wins in six now for the Wildcats boys. Great stuff. They retain fifth place in the EPL and secure a four-point weekend.
I don't need a lie down, I need therapy.
6 goals, Floyd fight & penalties galore!! Who cld ask for more from our boys, wonderful 4pts!! Very proud #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 January 2014
Bracknell 3 Wildcats 6.
FOUR ON FOUR
Wiggins has played his last part in this game.
There are 58 seconds left.
GOAL! Bracknell 3 Wildcats 6, 58.06, PP
Nell makes sure for the Wildcats with the assists coming from Kostal and Watt.
FIVE ON FOUR
Come On You Wiiiillldcats...!! @SwinWildcats #wildcatslive— @BeemerBoomer88 26 January 2014
CATS DOUBLE POWERPLAY
In goes Spearing. That should do it.
Pekkarinen slips and falls in the D-zone. Crikey. That was nearly a disaster.
That should take the pressure off.
Harvey Stead called for slashing.
Just under five minutes left.
Great scrambling from Swindon and Lyle and Moore in particular.
Come on @SwinWildcats, bring home the points #wildcatslive— @swildcat 26 January 2014
There is 6.41 left.
Eight minutes left.
Cats are not making this easy for themselves, in all honesty.
Dig deep Guys #wildcatslive— @mdacova 26 January 2014
Moore wipes out Strycek and is binned for cross-checking.
There are 11 minutes left.
FOUR ON FOUR
Somehow, we're four on four.
The penalty system has been exercised to its fullest extent tonight. It's more a case of what penalties haven't been given.
FOUR ON THREE
Now both Sandvik and Wiggins are called.
A couple of scrambles but Wildcats survive. However, Symonds replaces Pekkarinen in the box straight away for hooking. It's another powerplay.
Pekkarinen called for holding.
We've played three minutes. Nothing has happened. Yet.
Don't think you'll see Swindon try anything too fancy in this period. All about shutting down the game.
This game is very much still on.
THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY
Enjoying the live blog. Big period ahead in what is a massive weekend for the red and white... Get in! #wildcatslive #bleedred— @stripes 26 January 2014
20 more breathtaking minutes to close out an excellent 4pt wkend for our boys!! Absolutely flying atm :-) #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 January 2014
Here we go then.
#wildcatslive MK gain one point, if cats win we're 8pts behind them (by my maths) the way we've been playing top 4 isn't out if question yet— @slapshot6032 26 January 2014
Here's to a serene this period. Are we going to get it? I'd be surprised.
The zamboni smoothing things over and we will be back under way in around eight minutes.
Some interesting scores flying around tonight. Still, as we stand, Swindon will end the night fifth in the EPL.
Manchester 2 Milton Keynes 2 (in OT), Peterborough 4 Basingstoke 1, Sheffield 3 Slough 4, Guildford 1 Telford 3.
Just another boring game of ice hockey, this.
END OF SECOND PERIOD
The Bees look seriously fired up now.
GOAL! Bracknell 3 Wildcats 5, 36.45
Lovely work from Wiggins to carve out a shooting opportunity. Lyle keeps it out but after a scramble Grant Rounding is there to finish it off.
Five minutes left before the second break.
Bracknell must feel pretty flush at this point. It's one of the maddest periods of ice hockey I've ever seen.
BEES BACK TO FULL STRENGTH
FIVE ON FOUR
The Bees get one man back.
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Wildcats 5, 29.59
Finally, the fifth goal comes as Sandvik scrambles in from close range. Very hard to see a way back into this for Bracknell now.
I remember a time, long, long ago, when Bracknell had the full complement of players on the ice.
The officials are spending more time round the Bracknell penalty of than they are in the middle of the ice. I give up.
If anyone has kept up with all these penalties, they deserve a medal.
Mettam saves well on the angle from Sandvik.
Looks like Smital has been booted out of the game altogether.
CATS POWERPLAY (AGAIN)
Strycek is boxed.
FIVE ON FOUR
"You need a bigger box" is the chant from the Swindon fans. Factually correct at this point.
FIVE ON THREE
Completely bonkers.There are FIVE Bees players in the box. Jan Bendik goes in now.
The Bees are doing themselves no favours here.
Now there's three Bracknell men in the box. This is madness. Strycek and Smital the latest in.
Spearing sits. It's a 2+10 for a check to the head.
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Wildcats 4, 22.01
Mettam can't hold on to a shot and the puck is worked back to Kostal between the hash marks, and the import finds a gap through traffic to make it 4-2. He's immediately flattened after scoring by Scott Spearing and a pile-up ensues.
SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY
Lee Richardson's little lad Max is attracting a lot of attention from just about everyone... even the players. Softies.
@nedpayne1 how many times do they say 'keep ur eyes on the puck at all times' lol glad u can carry on! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 January 2014
The majority of the Wildcats players are out early and waiting for the second period.
There's so much red on this liveblog it's making my eyes hurt.
There's so much red on this liveblog it's making my eyes hurt.
So after one period, the 'Cats come out on top. Looks like no other game is going their way so let's tuck away a few more. #wildcatslive— @ScottGummerson 26 January 2014
We will be back under way in a smidge over six minutes.
@nedpayne1 A game's worth of action in the first period. Hard to keep up! #wildcatslive— @Wordan_Jillis 26 January 2014
I don't wish to pre-empt anything, but as it stands, Wildcats will end the weekend in the top half of the EPL.
Manchester 0 Milton Keynes 1, Peterborough 2 Basingstoke 0, Sheffield 1 Slough 2, Guildford 1 Telford 1.
Moments late, the puck fizzed around two inches past my face. Happily, I was looking at the ipad at the time and didn't look up, and my face and brain are still intact. Ice Hockey Live is OK to continue.
Seconds before the end of that period, Jan Kostal took Wiggins out just by the Plexigas. A thing of beauty.
Goals, penalties, a fight. What more do you want?
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD
Three minutes left of the first.
Sounding like a rollercoaster of a first period!! Struggling to keep up but as long as we come out on top in the end! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 January 2014
Galazzi calming things down as usual. Handbags round the Cats net.
Second fight of the season for 'Rocky' Taylor. Might not be the biggest but he's certainly not afraid to stand up for himself #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 26 January 2014
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Wildcats 3, 12.06
That Finnish flyer Henri Sandvik dives inside off the left wing, barges aside Turner and marshals the puck round Annetts. Gooooooal! Assist Kostal.
Just over eight minutes left of the first period.
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Wildcats 2, 8.48, PP
Player-coach Lukas Smital draws Bracknell level from Pavel Strycek and former Swindon man Matt Foord. I need a lie down.
Three players in the box for Wildcats now. Taylor, Watt and Shane Moore. The latter was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
GOAL! Bracknell 1 Wildcats 2, 7.46
Bonkers... Nell puts the visitors back in front from Watt.
Watt is now in the box.
GOAL! Bracknell 1 Wildcats 1, 4.58
It didn't take the Bees long to find a leveller and it's James Galazzi that gets it. Assisted by the towering Chris Wiggins, who I'm sure you can remember.
#COMEONYOUCATS! #wildcatslive— @HarveySpranklin 26 January 2014
FOUR ON FOUR
Floyd Taylor takes umbrage and he's straight into a fist fight with Lewis Turner. Taylor gets knocked down first but it was a good effort from the lad and he's got a huge smile on his face as he comes off. Watt is straight over to give him a respectful tap with the stick.
A Bracknell shot hit...the ceiling I think.
BOTH SIDES BACK TO FULL STRENGTH
Now thats a way to start a game! Goal from a D man to :-) awesome start!! Keep it up boys #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 January 2014
FOUR ON FOUR
Both Stevie Whitfield and Ollie Bronnimann have been binned, the former for slashing. Bronnimann done for high-sticks.
GOAL! Bracknell 0 Wildcats 1, 0.36
Blimey, well that didn't take long. Tomas Fojtik finds himself clean through on Mettam and flicks past the Bees netminder. Bosh. Assists for Watt and Alex Symonds.
FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY
In nets tonight are Alex Mettam for Bracknell and Stevie Lyle for Swindon.
Done. Huddle time.
Manchester 0 Milton Keynes 1, Peterborough 1 Basingstoke 0, Sheffield 1 Slough 1, Guildford v Telford - delayed face-off.
The players have stepped onto the ice.
Come on Swindon, another 4pt weekend would be amazing! #wildcatslive #4pointer— @mrsbatchelor1 26 January 2014
I haven't seen Bracknell's most famous fan yet, TV's Matt Allwright (you'd know him if you saw him. Rogue Traders and all that).
The Wildcats players are starting to filter out ready for face-off.
STEELERS SPELL HAS IMPROVED NELL
Forward Aaron Nell has revealed to the Adver that he feels his time with the Sheffield Steelers has improved him as a player. Having moved to South Yorkshire in the summer, the forward is now on a two-way at Swindon with the Elite League Steelers having first shout on his services.
“I’m up at Sheffield all the time and practise with them a lot and whenever they need me I’m there and ready to take my chance,” said Nell.
“I could have come back and things might not have gone as well as they did last season but thankfully I’ve come here and done well and it’s helped us kick up the table a bit.
“It’s more for Ryan (Aldridge, head coach) to say but I think I’ve come back here a better player and have worked on plenty of things which have helped me. Hopefully that can help the boys and the team.
“To be honest I think I’ve improved off the puck because that’s all about work ethic and I think I’ve put in something extra there and hopefully it shows.”
Swindon didn't beat Bracknell once last season but it's gone completely the other way in 2013/14. Wildcats have three wins out of three on the board which included two victories in one weekend over the Berkshire outfit back in October. Matters have changed at Bracknell since then of course, with Lukas Smital now installed as head coach and desperately trying to steer his team to a play-off place. Time will tell on that one.
We're a matter of minutes away.
Keep those tweets coming in. There's nothing's like more than your 140-character rants.
@nedpayne1 Any update on Hoog not icing last night? Expected return? #wildcatslive— @Wordan_Jillis 26 January 2014
Manchester 0 Milton Keynes 1, Peterborough 0 Basingstoke 0, Sheffield 0 Slough 0, Guildford v Telford - yet to face-off.
Feels good to be back in the top five doesn't it? That could all change tonight of course depending on the result here and how Sheffield get on against Slough. I will keep you up to date.
The players have cleared the ice following the warm-up.
WHAT THE HEAD COACH SAYS
I've been on holiday this week but in my absence, deputy sports editor Andy Warren has taken on the Wildcats mantle and he spoke to head coach Ryan Aldridge about his thoughts on this weekend.
“Bracknell always give us a hard game and make it tough whenever we play, so even though it’s an easy weekend on paper, perhaps we have to keep pushing,” said Aldridge.
"We seem to struggle against the easier teams but are able to raise ourselves for the matches against the sides at the top of the league and that needs to change.”
Bracknell is never an easy place to go but we're playing great hockey atm and having watty back should be a massive bonus #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 26 January 2014
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Mr Hoog is here tonight as a interested spectator.
Jonas Hoog is still out of the line-up for what I understand is a minor problem and he should be OK by next weekend. Sam Smith does not ice but Ryan Watt comes back in after completing a suspension.
Good luck tonight @SwinWildcats im shouting from home! We want lots more goals & a 4pt wkend :-) Squish those bees! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 January 2014
Wildcats got their weekend off to the best possible start by mauling Peterborough 7-1 last night, which allowed them to jump up to fifth in the EPL table. The Link Centre team stormed into the first break 4-0 up thanks to efforts from Aaron Nell, Jan Kostal, Sam Bullas and Sam Godfrey - the defenceman's first goal for the club. Darius Pliskauskas pulled one back soon after the restart but Kostal's second and further second-period goals from Finnish stars Henri Sandvik and Aku Pekkarinen secured a thumping triumph over the struggling Phantoms. With Swindon's second-choice netminder Michael Crisp thrown on in the closing stages, there was even time for home captain Shane Moore to flatten Erik Piatak after the import dished out a check from behind.
Evening all. I've made the short trip down the M4 to the Hive to bring you live, minute-by-minute coverage of Swindon Wildcats' road game at Bracknell Bees. I hope your schedule is clear for the next few hours as it promises to be another breakneck night of EPL action. They are always good games here (jinx alert).