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- Sheffield 0-5 Wildcats (final score)
- Second clean sheet of the season for the Link Centre side
- Hoog and Perkkio involved in three goals each
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Well done @SwindonWildcats great game.#loudandproud— @beccitaylor2007 04 December 2012
Brilliant result just brilliant well down Wildcats 2 great points, now onwards and upwards #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 04 December 2012
Game over. Cats bossed it and thoroughly deserved their win.
Both teams back to full strength.
Perkkio and Wood both get two minutes. There seemed to be a punch thrown by each of them then. Not exactly a tear up.
Just under four minutes left.
Richardson is looking a bit on the groggy side. He has to be helped off by two of his teammates. A rare black spot n an otherwise great night for Cats. He looked in considerable pain there.
GOAL! (Sheffield 0, Wildcats 5, 51.38)
This is a riot now. Fojtik fires towards a crowd of players in front of goal, Hoog tries his luck and the puck falls to Perkkio who threads the eye of a needle from a narrow angle.
Just under 10 minutes left. Right from the opening seconds, Swindon have never looked like losing this.
GOAL! (Sheffield 0, Wildcats 4, 47.26)
That must be game over now. Easy goal for Nell as the puck comes to him unmarked and close in, and he flicks low into the net just inside the right post. Assists from Hoog and Perkkio.
Chris Jones nails Gibson. For a small lad he doesn't half put himself about sometimes.
Liking the look of tonight's score line at iceSheffield after 2 for @SwinWildcats. Solid road effort! #swindonwildcats #bringhomebothpoints— @stripes 04 December 2012
Hoog hits the pipes. Oh so close.
A Steeldogs shot nearly wrong-foots Skinns.
Swindon kill the penalty.
Period three is go.
Here come the teams.
Fojtik was given a two-minute penalty for hooking just before the end of that period.
End of period two.
Good scrambling by Cats and a decent save or two from Skinns.
Two minutes for Floyd Taylor for boarding.
Lloyd Gibson picks Stevie Whitfield's pocket but can't find the finishing touch as Skinns comes to the rescue.
Sheffield have mostly been very flat in this game.
Lovely work from Richardson to control with his skate but Aldridge's low strike is stopped by Flavell.
Payette goes flying and there's a roar of approval from the Swindon supporters in the corner as he slides across the ice on his front.
Only one penalty in the entire game so far. None on Cats, who have been very disciplined.
Edgars Bebris tries a wrap-around goal but Skinns is equal to it and smothers.
Just as I say that, Greg Wood charges in on Skinns but loses control of the puck as he does so and the Swindon stopper pads away from danger.
I still can't really recall Skinns being properly stretched.
@swindonadver #swindonwildcats Great news from Sheffield. Just what the lads and us fans needed to hear! Keep it up lads and bring home 2pts— @hornet303 04 December 2012
GOAL! (Sheffield 0, Wildcats 3, 22.03)
It's an unassisted goal but it was very well-taken by Hoog. He won the puck, skipped round his man with a lovely turn and fired emphatically into the top corner. Bang.
Tomas Fojtik nearly passes up possession right in front of goal. He somehow gets away with it.
Period two is underway.
I wonder if Swindon will be able to hold onto a lead at iceSheffield this time? All the signs are good. If they stay switched on this game is there for the taking. It's a big if, though.
End of period one. Job done so far. Cats lead 2-0.
Good try Nell but Flavell gets his left glove to it.
Great save Flavell from Richardson, but the Swindon man should have scored really. He was unmarked and close in after being found by Aldridge.
Sheffield starting to look a threat now.
Great skill by Hoog to nip away from a challenge or two, he picks out Perkkio on the scissors, and the Finn is clattered after getting his (saved) shot off.
A Perkkio effort is easily saved by Flavell.
Richardson has started well tonight. A goal already and then came close to adding to his tally on the angle. Elsewhere, after that explosive start, things have levelled out a bit. Aldridge and Sheffield's player-coach Andre Payette had some handbags early on, but nothing of that nature has followed since.
Penalty killed. Nell forced a decent save from James Flavell, though.
Stuart Brittle off for slashing and it's a Cats powerplay.
GOAL! (Sheffield 0, Wildcats 2, 1.18)
Make that two! Yet more Swindon pressure and after Perkkio's shot is saved, Aaron Nell is there to tap in a simple rebound. There's an assist for Jonas Hoog as well.
GOAL! (Sheffield 0, Swindon 1, 0.37)
Great start for the visitors. Lee Richardson is allowed the freedom of the right side of the rink and he flicks in high at the near post. Assists by Jan Melichar and Ryan Aldridge.
Period one is go.
@swindonwildcats good luck tonight, let's show those Steeldogs what sharp claws you have #catsvdogs— @hegwighawks 04 December 2012
The players have been introduced to the crowd. Anthem imminent.
It will be a tough game against Sheffield, they are big guys that are physical so we will have to be ready.
I don’t mind that side of the game, I like big hits as long as they are clean.
The last two away games I've covered, Swindon have come back from 4-0 down to 4-4 before losing 5-4, and also conceded a goal with a second to play. I'd settle for a nice easy 2-1 tonight.
The soundtrack is rock-cheese heaven at iceSheffield. Nickleback very much the order of the day. A lovely rink if you haven't been, not very full tonight though.
Absence-wise there's no Nicky Watt or Jamie Hayes, but I believe Tom Murdy may just be in the line-up for the first time this season. Dean Skinns should be between the pipes though. No sign of D-man Shane Moore, who is most likely being rested.
It's a big game this and no mistake. Both teams are in and around the edge of the play-offs and both will believe this a winnable game. Swindon have tended to struggle against the so-called lesser sides but they need to bring their A game tonight.
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Head coach Ryan Aldridge will be only too aware of the danger the Steeldogs pose on their own rink this evening. Swindon lost to their hosts on the opening weekend of the season at iceSheffield having held a 3-0 lead.
Tonight of course will be the first time Swindon have played since axing forward Michal Kapicka. The Link Centre side's remaining import forwards are points-scoring king Jonas Hoog and Matias Perkkio, who has just returned from injury.
The Wildcats were a little late arriving today but they are out here warming up right now.
Welcome to iceSheffield, where we are around 45 minutes away from face-off.