LiveICE HOCKEY LIVE: Basingstoke Bison v Swindon Wildcats

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Summary

  • Basingstoke Bison 3-2 Swindon Wildcats (result)
  • Bison scorers: Aaron Connolly, Tomas Karpov, Joe Greener
  • Wildcats scorers: Aaron Nell, Sam Bullas
  • Hoog thrown out in second period for check from behind
  • Get involved using #wildcatslive
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

9:04pm

That's all we've got time for tonight. Don't forget to check the Adver on Monday. You know it makes sense.

9:02pm

It looks certain that Swindon will be slipping out of the top half of the table tonight.

9:02pm

Kurt Reynolds is Bison's man of the match.

9:01pm

EPL LATEST

Slough 0 Bracknell 4 (result), Milton Keynes 2 Telford 1, Sheffield 6 Peterborough 2.

9:00pm

Ollie Betteridge is Swindon's man of the match. He worked his skates off as usual.

8:59pm

Bison led SOG 12-4 in the third.

8:56pm

The Bison deserved it, but it could easily have gone the other way.

8:55pm

RESULT

Basingstoke 3 Wildcats 2.

8:55pm

2.4 seconds left. That's a wrap I fancy. Swindon have called a timeout...

8:53pm

Lyle pulled.

8:53pm

One minute.

8:50pm

Time to gamble now, surely.

8:49pm

Great save Lyle on a redirected shot.

8:49pm

Two minutes.

8:46pm

Bison have the puck in the net. Fortunately the net moved a good six seconds before.

8:46pm

3.48 left.

8:43pm

GOAL! Basingstoke 3 Wildcats 2, 54.30

Could Greener have won it for the Bison? Chinn's shot came off Lyle and it was a very easy finish from inside the crease for Greener with the netminder helpless.

8:42pm

NIHL RESULT

Wildcats 2 Oxford 6.

8:40pm

A few nervy faces amongst the away fans.

8:40pm

Such a tight game now.

8:37pm

You should be a coach...

8:35pm

Ten minutes left. Very even in this third period.

8:33pm

Nell across to Sandvik but Skinns makes himself big.

8:32pm

Hoog's penalty has been downgraded to a 5+game.

8:29pm

Just under 15 minutes left.

8:27pm

Sheppard is back on the ice. Cam Wynn is not. He got hurt earlier.

8:26pm

8:26pm

Missed opportunity, that.

8:25pm

PENALTY KILLED

8:24pm

FIVE ON FOUR

8:24pm

CATS FIVE ON THREE POWERPLAY

8:23pm

THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY

8:23pm

Bison led SOG 13-7 in the second period.

8:21pm

Here are the players.

8:20pm

8:20pm

We are very close to resuming here at Planet Ice.

8:15pm

If Swindon get something out of this game, it will be a job very well done. I'd have taken a point before the game and I'd take one right now.

8:09pm

The zamboni is out. We'll be back under way in a bit over 10 minutes.

8:08pm

EPL LATEST

Guildford 4 Manchester 6 (result), Slough 0 Bracknell 2, Milton Keynes 2 Telford 0, Sheffield 3 Peterborough 1.

8:06pm

NIHL LATEST

Wildcats 1 Oxford 5.

8:05pm

I'll be very interested to hear what head coach Ryan Aldridge made of the Hoog decision.

8:04pm

So, to clear this up. There is 56 seconds left of the Hoog penalty. There is 1.39 left of Wales' penalty and 2.00 left of Baird's.

8:03pm

CATS POWERPLAY - FOUR ON THREE

Looks like Baird was given a two-minute slashing penalty for an incident after the buzzer, althoughit could have been for contact with Lyle. Fascinating contest, this.

8:00pm

END OF SECOND PERIOD

7:59pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Wales penalised for tripping.

7:59pm

Kostal into the slot for Bullas but Skinns stops. Massive chance for a second shorthanded goal. Could be huge, that.

7:54pm

That is not great news. Swindon now have five minutes to kill.

7:54pm

BISON POWERPLAY

That's a match penalty on Hoog for a check from behind. Harsh. His elbow was fairly high but it looked worse than it was.

7:53pm

Sheppard is now on his feet and OK. Heads off the ice. May well come back.

7:51pm

Looked like a collision between Hoog and Sheppard. Nothing illegal there in my view. Sheppard fell awkwardly against the boards and is down.

7:50pm

Less than five minutes left in the second.

7:47pm

7:46pm

A Sandvik 'goal' is ruled out, much to the annoyance of the away fans. The net was out of place. Shame, the Finn took it well.

7:44pm

GOAL! Basingstoke 2 Wildcats 2, 30.41, PP

Jan Kostal gets free on the left wing and fires into the danger zone, and Sam Bullas is there to convert after Skinns saves. The second assist is for Aku Pekkarinen.

7:42pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Hoog is tripped by Nicky Chinn and off the Basingstoke man goes.

7:37pm

NIHL LATEST

Wildcats 0 Oxford 5. End of second period.

7:36pm

We've played almost seven minutes of the second period.

7:36pm

Nearly brilliant from Sheppard. Slalomed his way through the middle but couldn't find the finishing touch. Bison look pretty menacing at this stage.

7:35pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:33pm

Hmm...

7:32pm

BISON POWERPLAY

Nell called for tripping.

7:31pm

GOAL! Basingstoke 2 Wildcats 1, 21.30

The Bison have started the second period exactly as they did the first. Tomas Karpov on the wraparound after Lyle loses the puck behind the goal. Assists from Kurt Reynolds and Wales. The player, not the principality.

7:27pm

SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY

7:25pm

EPL LATEST

Guildford 3 Manchester 4, Slough 0 Bracknell 2.

7:24pm

The zamboni has left the ice.

7:24pm

We will be back under way in a matter of minutes.

7:21pm

That IS dedication.

7:19pm

7:14pm

The big winners, as we stand, are Manchester. They will be desperate for Swindon to take something tonight.

7:12pm

On his day, he can be unreal.

7:12pm

Not a single home team winning at this stage. Mind you, that is only three games.

7:11pm

EPL LATEST

Guildford 2 Manchester 3, Slough 0 Bracknell 2.

7:10pm

Swindon should be delighted with that. Stayed in the game.

7:09pm

END OF FIRST PERIOD

7:08pm

One minute to go.

7:05pm

Lyle has been a busy man this period.

7:05pm

Two minutes left of the first.

7:04pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:03pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Michael Wales sits for slashing.

7:01pm

CATS BACK TO FULL STRENGTH

7:00pm

GOAL! Basingstoke 1 Wildcats 1, SH

Nell is given the freedom of the left side of the rink to scoot forward and send a ripper of a slapshot across Skinns. A shorthanded goal and Cats are level. Assist for Jonas Hoog.

6:59pm

NIHL LATEST

The NIHL Wildcats trail 2-0 to Oxford in the second.

6:58pm

BISON POWERPLAY

Henri Sandvik called for slashing.

6:56pm

Joe Greener manages to squeeze an effort in on Lyle from the left wing despite Moore's attentions. Saved.

6:55pm

Adam Harding smashes straight at Skinns.

6:54pm

I can feel another goal coming. The Herd are really cranking up the pressure.

6:51pm

Looks like defenceman Sam Godfrey is sitting out the action tonight. No sign of the youngster.

6:50pm

We've played a little over eight minutes here.

6:49pm

The Bison looking pretty sharp so far, I have to say. Still, early days.

6:45pm

6:45pm

Not the best start...

6:44pm

GOAL! Basingstoke 1 Wildcats 0, 2.38, PP

There's just six seconds left of the powerplay and Swindon look like they are going to hold out, but Aaron Connolly is found unmarked in the slot by Doug Sheppard and he beats Lyle. Miroslav Vantroba gets the second assist.

6:41pm

I should have mentioned, in nets are Dean Skinns for the Bison and Stevie Lyle for the Wildcats.

6:40pm

BISON POWERPLAY

Alex Symonds gets two minutes for hooking.

6:38pm

FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY

6:34pm

Baird takes the applause for his 500 milestone.

6:33pm

EPL LATEST

Guildford 1 Manchester 3.

6:32pm

I quite like Baskingstoke. Maybe the Hampshire town should consider a name change. That or Amazingstoke.

6:31pm

Both sets of players are out on the ice.

6:30pm

The fella on the PA is extremely enthusiastic.

6:30pm

EPL LATEST

Guildford 1 Swindon 2.

6:29pm

UPS AND DOWNS

The best that can happen for Swindon tonight is that they win and consolidate their fifth-placed position in the table. Lose and they could drop as low as seventh, with Telford and Sheffield the teams currently on their tail.

6:27pm

ALDRIDGE WARY OF BISON BUILDING

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge

Link Centre head coach Ryan Aldridge, a former Basingstoke player, explains why the Herd's home is a tricky venue for visiting players to come to.

“Basingstoke is just one of those places that’s an awkward building to play in and you can’t get any flow and rhythm,” said Aldridge.

“That’s a lot to do with the building, because it’s a tough place to go and play, so we’ve got to go there and be professional.

“There’s two horrible little changing rooms and although the ice pad is a good size, the roof is low so it feels like you haven’t got a lot of room even though you have.

"When I used to play there we used to love it, because everyone else hated it.”

6:26pm

THE STATS

This might seem improbable, but fifth-placed Swindon actually have a 2-1 winning record over the second-placed Bison this season. Surprising insofar as Basingstoke are 18 points clear of their Wiltshire rivals in the EPL table and possess superior offensive and defensive records overall. All the games have been close, with Swindon winning 2-1 and 7-5 while Basingstoke triumphed 4-3 in between.

6:26pm

Don't forget to get involved in the conversation and get your comments on this liveblog #wildcatslive

6:25pm

6:25pm

For one hideous moment then I thought I'd forgotten to bring a pen to fill out the programme with. Fortunately it was lurking in the bottom of my bag. Crisis averted.

6:22pm

RICHARDSON HOPING FOR BISON FATIGUE

Swindon Advertiser: New Slough signing Lee Richardson

Wildcats utility man Lee Richardson knows his team face a tough game in Hampshire tonight, and is hoping that Basingstoke will be feeling tired following their midweek heroics. The Bison lost 6-3 at Guildford in the EPL-Cup semi-final second leg but still went through 11-9 on aggregate.

“Basingstoke had a cup game in midweek so hopefully they will have a hangover from that,” said Richardson.

“Especially at this end of the season it messes up the whole week as you would normally practise on a Tuesday and Thursday, although I’m sure winning makes them feel less tired.

"We need to play a smart game and see what we get out of it.”

6:21pm

TEAM NEWS

Basingstoke are missing Andy Melachrino and Danny Ingoldsby.

6:17pm

Don't forget to get your thoughts in tonight using #wildcatslive

6:17pm

OTHER FIXTURES TONIGHT

Slough v Bracknell, Milton Keynes v Telford, Sheffield v Peterborough.

6:15pm

EPL LATEST

Guildford 1 Manchester 2.

6:14pm

I did embark on a sustained and relentless campaign to earn media accreditation for Sochi a few months ago. Sadly my mission to bring you live coverage of the Winter Olympics ice hockey failed spectacularly. Ah well.

6:11pm

Here is the zamboni.

6:07pm

500 UP FOR JOE

Swindon Advertiser: Wildcats defenceman Joe Baird

Former Swindon defenceman Joe Baird makes his 500th EPL appearance in a Basingstoke jersey tonight. The blueliner made 180 of those appearances for the Wildcats.

6:06pm

Netminder Stevie Lyle is getting the usual thorough cross-examination in the warm-up from his teammates. Shots raining in from all angles.

6:03pm

TEAM NEWS

Those of you looking for positive nuggets of information will be delighted to know that Shane Moore is back in the Wildcats line-up tonight following an eye problem. The captain was having some problems seeing from one of his eyes following a high-sticks incident in last Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to Guildford. He missed the 4-3 defeat at Peterborough 24 hours later but is fit to return this evening.

6:01pm

In three minutes, the usual pre-game poll should appear below. What is your hunch tonight?

6:01pm

5:57pm

Players from both sides are out on the ice and warming up.

5:52pm

Must feel odd not getting your dose of Link Centre hockey on a Saturday evening, right? Well, you can still fulfil your craving over the next few hours as Ice Hockey Live brings you every minute of Swindon Wildcats' road game at Basingstoke Bison. We face-off at 6.30pm at Planet Ice.

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