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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Bracknell Bees v Swindon Wildcats
5:13pm Sunday 13th January 2013 in Sport
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- Bracknell Bees 5-4 Swindon Wildcats (after penalties)
- Swindon suffer 10th OT loss of season
- Nicky Watt plays final game for Wildcats
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Hard to see that as a point gained, but I think that's how you have to view it.
What a game, though. Breathless. Absolutely crazy.
That's a really tough loss for Cats to take. Ten times they have gone past 60 minutes this season, and 10 times they have not come out of it with two points.
And Matt Foord has won it for Bracknell against his former club!
Paul Swindlehurst fires off-target.
Bronnimann shoots wide!
Hoog misses. One penalty to win it for the Bees!
Wide by Shaun Thompson.
Perkkio misses. It looked in!
Smital misses. Saved by Murdy.
Nell misses. It's saved.
Is it going to be 10th time lucky for Cats in overtime/penalties?
One of the games of the season without a doubt.
We're going to penalty shots.
There is 90 seconds left as Murdy makes a vital save.
Absolutely terrific atmosphere at the Hive.
Come on @SwindonWildcats dig deep and score !!!! #swindonwildcats— @Freckles2408 13 January 2013
Watt has a chance for the Gordie!
Nell shoots - nothing doing.
Here we go with overtime.
What a game this is.
We're going to overtime!
GOAL! (Bracknell 4, Wildcats 4, 58.48)
Unbelievable drama. It looks like we're going to have overtime here. I do believe it was Baird of all people that scored on the powerplay.
Powerplay Cats as Spearing gets two minutes for tripping. Drama!
Under 90 seconds now...
Three minutes left for Cats to find a goal.
Penalties in full were Lack 2+2, Galazzi 2+2 for roughing and 2 for slashing, Strycek 2+2+game. Fojtik got minors to add to his game and Watt just got 2+2.
Swindon back to full strength. Gordie for Watt?
Bees back to full strength now.
Cracking defending from Moore to cut the puck out in a two on one situation.
GOAL! (Bracknell 4, Wildcats 3, 49.15)
Just seconds after play has resumed, Lukas Smital puts the Bees back in front.
Four on four...
That was absolute chaos of the best kind.
Fojtik has been given his marching orders. No more hockey for him tonight.
Monster wait while the penalties are sorted out.
First it all kicked off between Fojtik and Galazzi. The Czech gets in plenty of decent shots and definitely wins that one. Then over the other side of the ice, Watt has started smashing seven bells out of Alan Lack. Hell of a fight and the Cats man wins it easily. He actually had two bites of the cherry and was still punching Lack when the match official was between them.
Cats have steadied the ship here. A fair few shots raining in.
Well we haven't had overtime for a while. Anyone fancy it?
Cats now back to full strength of course.
That was not in the script.
GOALS! (Bracknell 3, Wildcats 3, 41.00 and 41.16)
First Spearing pulls one back on the powerplay and is immediately (accidentally) checked by Watt. Then 16 seconds later, Bees are level through Bronnimann. Unbelievable!
Here we go with period three.
Players back out on the ice and Aldridge steps into the penalty box. Bees powerplay to start the third period of course.
Players waiting patiently to resume.
Just over three minutes and the players will be out again.
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Aldridge will have 91 seconds to serve when the third period starts.
That's the end of period two and I think that's what you call payback. Can Cats make it stick in the final 20 minutes?
Two minutes for Aldridge.
Bees kill the penalty.
@SwindonWildcats @nedpayne1 come in boys, show 'em how its done !!! #comeonyoucats #epihl #swindonwildcats #redarmy— @slw250692 13 January 2013
Cats powerplay. Rob Lamey gets two minutes.
That is the closest I've ever come to being hit by a puck. About four feet in that one. Luckily my face is still intact.
Cats back to full strength. Bracknell really have gone to sleep here.
GOAL! (Bracknell 1, Wildcats 3, 32.06)
Cats are short-handed but a rapid counter ends with Nell firing in goal number three from close range. Assists Hoog and Jan Melichar.
Two minutes for Joe Baird.
We are at the halfway point.
Bees back to full strength now of course.
GOAL! (Bracknell 1, Wildcats 2, 28.19)
There was only one second left of the powerplay, but Cats are level and it's that man Fojtik again. There was an almighty scramble in front of the net and the D-man forced the puck across the line. Assists from Hoog and Watt.
Enjoying this gambling with Murdy. Wonder if Cats will be tempted to go for it again!
Two minutes for Pavel Strycek.
A matter of seconds later, he's back out.
Murdy pulled again!
Penalty killed by Cats.
Bees powerplay now for a Cats icing infringement.
GOAL! (Bracknell 1, Wildcats 1, 20.45)
Tomas Fojtik sure is useful in front of goal at times. The giant Czech defenceman is under no great pressure on the powerplay and he beats Ambler with an effort low into the right corner. Matias Perkkio claimed an assist as did Nell. Game on!
Period two is go.
Here come the players. Don't forget that Cats start period two on the powerplay.
One minute until we resume.
Just to underline the extent to which Cats came back into proceedings aft that bad start, they outshot their hosts 16-7 in the first period, yet are still 1-0 down. Cruel game.
Cats need a massive start to period 2 and not let the Bees in like yesterday. Says me sat on my sofa watching the feed from @nedpayne1 :-)— @carpoholic70 13 January 2013
Breathless sort of a period. Apart from the first few minutes, it was very, very competitive.
Ollie Bronniman got a two-minute holding penalty right on the buzzer. Cats will start the second period on the powerplay.
The first period is done.
After a slow start, Cats are emerging as the better side in this first period. Still a goal down, though.
Watt smashes the puck goalwards but Ambler is equal to it.
Hoog is released from penalty box duties. Bees also back to full strength.
Hoog is released from penalty box duties.
Moore is out of the box and temporarily clean through on goal! Bracknell sweep up the danger.
Moore getting in there with Scott Spearing but it's more verbals than anything else. They both go to the penalty box. Hoog is in there as well.
Just under eight minutes left of the first period.
Cats starting to get it together now. Jonas Hoog, Nell and Tomas Fojtik have all gone close in the last few minutes.
Better passing out of defence tonite and the cats can make it 2pts tonite. #RedArmy #SwindonWildcats— @carpoholic70 13 January 2013
@SwindonWildcats heads up boys #bouncebackability— @Freckles2408 13 January 2013
End to end.
Cats are back to full strength.
GOAL! (Bracknell 1, Wildcats 0, 4.59)
Powerplay goal for Shaun Thompson. Easy tap-in. Bees were two men up and made it count. Last pass was by James Galazzi.
Hosts are two men up for the next 15 seconds.
Bracknell back to full strength.
Two minutes for Aaron Nell for tripping.
Two minutes for Joe Baird for interference.
Two minutes for ex-Wildcat Matt Foord.
And he's back on. What was that about?
Murdy in goal for Cats. Carl Ambler for the Bees.
And we're off.
Man with the armbands tonight is Roman Szucs.
@nedpayne1 @jackl86 @slapshot6032 @stripes I would have sworn it was Ry but we are the other end of rink— @Ulli2311 13 January 2013
@nedpayne1 as far as I know bully took shot from blue line and 2 bees took eachother out breaking sticks etc and aldy was by the # markings— @jackl86 13 January 2013
The debate is raging on Twitter as to who scored the first goal last night. I wasnt there so can't comment. Was it Sam Bullas or Ryan Aldridge? I'm putting it to the public vote. Tweet using #swindonwildcats
Here come the players. I always think it must be a bit odd skating in complete darkness.
Lights are out.
Just seen Nicky Watt. He looks pumped. Then again, when doesn't he?
@nedpayne1 @SwinWildcats need to bounce back from last night, I'm going for a 4-2 win for the #swindonwildcats— @cricket_mad 13 January 2013
@SwindonWildcats we can do this lads! #2points— @J7gti 13 January 2013
We're about five minutes away...
I'm sat by the drum brigade, just to give myself the truly authentic ice hockey experience. And ruined ears.
We had absolutely stacks of Cats stories in the paper last week. Think it might have even reached double figures, and this week there will be plenty more where that came from. Make sure you check the Adver daily, we're not just about the Mondays and Fridays where Cats are concerned.
A fair clutch of Wildcats fans here tonight. Who doesn't love the M4 games?
Ice cleared and the Zamboni is doing the business.
Just been speaking to a travelling fan who reckons Swindon will take it by two goals tonight. Do you agree? Opinions please using #swindonwildcats
A big 2 points on offer tonight, Cats really need to dig deep and take them home #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 13 January 2013
I plan to get the latest on any potential new signing later tonight, so look out for that in tomorrow's match report.
Wildcats' injury situation remains the same by the way. Just Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes out.
On a different subject - an appeal. Wildcats D-man Shane Moore lost a necklace with an eternity ring attached on Saturday which was of considerable sentimental value. If you think you have seen or found it, please contact the Wildcats.
Get those predictions coming in please. I will get the ball rolling by reluctantly saying a two-goal home win.
It will be interesting to see who is between the pipes for Cats this evening. Dean Skinns started last night but was hailed off midway through that disastrous second period. Tom Murdy came in and had a slightly better save percentage. We will see.
What do we think the chances are of it kicking off with Nicky Watt tonight? He will want to go out with a bang I'm sure. Is a Gordie on the cards?
The players are of course out on the ice going through the usual warm-ups.
Good luck @SwindonWildcats for the game tonight...will be shouting from the sofa !!! #loudandproud— @Freckles2408 13 January 2013
Get your predictions in first of all please...
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I'm live at the Hive where Swindon Wildcats face the Bracknell Bees for the second time in 24 hours. A 6-2 home defeat was not what the doctor ordered last night so Ryan Aldridge's troops should be pumped up for this one.
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