LiveICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v Basingstoke Bison

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Summary

  • Swindon 5-3 Basingstoke
  • Cats beat league leaders
  • Home side stage stirring third-period comeback
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

10:09pm

That's it. Brilliant win against the league leaders.

10:07pm

90 seconds left.

10:05pm

Fojtik smashes Cesky. An apt microcosm of this period. Swindon have dominated.

9:59pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 5, Basingstoke 3, 52.40)

It's been coming, it really has. Sam Bullas with the unassisted goal from close range. Watt wanted a set-two with Graham seconds before and after the goal!

9:57pm

Nell once more is equalled by Lyle. The skipper rolls his eyes. He can't believe it!

9:56pm

Nell and Bullas both have shots blocked from point-blank range.

9:56pm

Brilliant pick out of the air from Lyle after Nell's shot from the right. It looked in all the way.

9:55pm

Become increasingly end to end.

9:51pm

Eleven minutes left for Cats to keep this lead.

9:47pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 4, Basingstoke 3, 45.40)

And there it is! You can't say they don't fully deserve it. Nell gets his second of the period and Swindon lead for the first time. The assist came from Perkkio.

9:44pm

Bison are clinging on for their lives here.

9:43pm

Thought not.

9:43pm

Anyone for overtime?

9:39pm

Baird goes close. Cats bossing it now.

9:37pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 3, Basingstoke 3, 40.33)

Nell hustles down the right and gets himself a bit of space. It's enough. He beats Lyle at his near post and we're all square.

9:35pm

Period three is go.

9:33pm

And here they are!

9:33pm

Teams about to come back out any second now.

9:25pm

Shots on goal totals now stand at 24 for Wildcats and 35 for Basingstoke.

9:15pm

End of period two.

9:09pm

Cats counter and Hoog is in on goal. Instead of beating Lyle, the puck dribbles to safety and the Swede goes careering into the boards.

9:07pm

Good hustling by Skinns and a nervy moment for Swindon.

9:07pm

Linesman Thrower loses his footing for the second time in two minutes. Roared by the supporters.

9:05pm

Good spell of pressure from the hosts.

9:02pm

Puck drifts across the Bison goal with Lyle nowhere but it's scrambled away.

9:01pm

Brilliant diving save from Lyle to deny Perkkio low down following's Hoog's square pass.

9:00pm

Lots of battling but not many clear chances at either end.

8:53pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 2, Basingstoke 3, 26.09)

Lovely goal. Perkkio sends the puck wide and charges through the middle. Between them Nell and Hoog get it back in the centre where Perkkio puts the puck through Lyle's legs. Game on once more.

8:48pm

Quiet start to period two.

8:43pm

Fojtik tried to score all on his own then, and he nearly did. Great charge through the middle. Shot weak.

8:42pm

Bison back to full strength.

8:40pm

We're off and a matter of seconds in, Bison are now just one man down.

8:38pm

Teams are out.

8:36pm

A minute and a half before the teams return...

8:25pm

Two goals down at the first break but it could have been much worse after that slow start.

8:24pm

Matias Perkkio scoops over and Nell's effort hits traffic. No cigar. Cats will still have a two-man advantage when they come back out for period two though.

8:22pm

Tony Redmond binned now for two minutes.

8:21pm

Greener gets two minutes for slashing.

8:20pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 1, Basingstoke 3, 17.48)

Bison restore their two-goal lead with Doug Sheppard scoring from Greener's assist.

8:15pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 1, Basingstoke 2, 16.07)

Jonas Hoog dives inside from the right and sends a low shot past Lyle. Vintage stuff from the Swede. Assists from Aaron Nell and Shane Moore.

8:12pm

Stevie Lyle has not been tested too much by Swindon so far. Basingstoke look pretty happy with their lead and aren't desperate to push it too hard.

8:07pm

Far from the ideal start for the hosts, but they have started to regain their composure now and are making forays forward.

8:01pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 0, Basingstoke 2, 6.15)

The lead is doubled through ex-Swindon man Jaroslav Cesky. Assists by Owen and Joe Greener.

7:57pm

GOAL! (Wildcats 0, Basingstoke 1, 4.03)

Greg Chambers fizzes the puck into the slot and Joe Rand is on hand to tap past Dean Skinns for a powerplay goal.

7:53pm

Now Tomas Fojtik is in the box and Bison are back to full strength.

7:52pm

Carl Graham off for cross-checking. Two minutes.

7:51pm

Nicky Watt shoots from the point. Nothing doing.

7:48pm

We've had the anthem and we're primed and ready...

7:44pm

Huge cheer for Cats as they appear on the ice.

7:42pm

Out come the players.

7:37pm

Around eight minutes till face-off now.

7:26pm

The countdown clock has run out. Must be time for the players to leave the ice.

7:24pm

Don't forget to air your opinions tonight, which you can do by leaving comments below or using #swindonwildcats on Twitter. The best comments will be printed in this feed. Feel free to question/pester/bully me on @nedpayne1.

7:22pm

Teams warming up and going through the usual rigmarole as we speak.

7:16pm

I'm not expecting any changes to the line-up that lost 3-1 at Guildford last night. Decent performance that was. Nothing to be too downhearted about. The hosts stand a good chance this evening.

7:13pm

It's ice hockey time once more as Swindon make heir second outing onto the ice in 24 hours. Basingstoke are the visitors to the Link Centre and face-off is at 7.45pm.

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