ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Bracknell Bees v Swindon Wildcats

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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

8:50pm

Hard to see that as a point gained, but I think that's how you have to view it.

8:47pm

What a game, though. Breathless. Absolutely crazy.

8:46pm

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.

8:45pm

And Matt Foord has won it for Bracknell against his former club!

8:44pm

Paul Swindlehurst fires off-target.

8:43pm

Bronnimann shoots wide!

8:43pm

Hoog misses. One penalty to win it for the Bees!

8:42pm

Wide by Shaun Thompson.

8:42pm

Perkkio misses. It looked in!

8:41pm

Smital misses. Saved by Murdy.

8:41pm

Nell misses. It's saved.

8:40pm

Is it going to be 10th time lucky for Cats in overtime/penalties?

8:39pm

One of the games of the season without a doubt.

8:39pm

We're going to penalty shots.

8:37pm

There is 90 seconds left as Murdy makes a vital save.

8:36pm

Absolutely terrific atmosphere at the Hive.

8:35pm

8:34pm

Watt has a chance for the Gordie!

8:33pm

Nell shoots - nothing doing.

8:32pm

Here we go with overtime.

8:30pm

What a game this is.

8:30pm

We're going to overtime!

8:28pm

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.

8:27pm

Murdy pulled.

8:26pm

Time out.

8:26pm

Powerplay Cats as Spearing gets two minutes for tripping. Drama!

8:26pm

Under 90 seconds now...

8:24pm

Three minutes left for Cats to find a goal.

8:23pm

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.

8:19pm

Swindon back to full strength. Gordie for Watt?

8:17pm

Bees back to full strength now.

8:15pm

Cracking defending from Moore to cut the puck out in a two on one situation.

8:13pm

GOAL! (Bracknell 4, Wildcats 3, 49.15)

Just seconds after play has resumed, Lukas Smital puts the Bees back in front.

8:11pm

Four on four...

8:09pm

That was absolute chaos of the best kind.

8:08pm

Fojtik has been given his marching orders. No more hockey for him tonight.

8:08pm

Monster wait while the penalties are sorted out.

8:07pm

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.

8:04pm

Absolute carnage!

8:01pm

Cats have steadied the ship here. A fair few shots raining in.

7:58pm

Well we haven't had overtime for a while. Anyone fancy it?

7:56pm

Cats now back to full strength of course.

7:55pm

That was not in the script.

7:53pm

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!

7:48pm

Here we go with period three.

7:47pm

Players back out on the ice and Aldridge steps into the penalty box. Bees powerplay to start the third period of course.

7:46pm

Players waiting patiently to resume.

7:44pm

Just over three minutes and the players will be out again.

7:42pm

Don't forget to pester/follow me on Twitter at @nedpayne1. And keep those tweets coming in #swindonwildcats

7:33pm

Aldridge will have 91 seconds to serve when the third period starts.

7:29pm

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?

7:28pm

Two minutes for Aldridge.

7:27pm

Minute left.

7:25pm

Bees kill the penalty.

7:23pm

7:23pm

Cats powerplay. Rob Lamey gets two minutes.

7:23pm

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.

7:19pm

Cats back to full strength. Bracknell really have gone to sleep here.

7:19pm

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.

7:15pm

Two minutes for Joe Baird.

7:13pm

We are at the halfway point.

7:12pm

Bees back to full strength now of course.

7:12pm

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.

7:09pm

Enjoying this gambling with Murdy. Wonder if Cats will be tempted to go for it again!

7:07pm

Two minutes for Pavel Strycek.

7:07pm

A matter of seconds later, he's back out.

7:06pm

Murdy pulled again!

7:04pm

Penalty killed by Cats.

7:02pm

Bees powerplay now for a Cats icing infringement.

6:59pm

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!

6:57pm

Period two is go.

6:55pm

Here come the players. Don't forget that Cats start period two on the powerplay.

6:53pm

One minute until we resume.

6:50pm

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.

6:47pm

True enough. Not letting in four goals in six minutes would be preferable.

6:43pm

Breathless sort of a period. Apart from the first few minutes, it was very, very competitive.

6:39pm

Ollie Bronniman got a two-minute holding penalty right on the buzzer. Cats will start the second period on the powerplay.

6:38pm

The first period is done.

6:37pm

After a slow start, Cats are emerging as the better side in this first period. Still a goal down, though.

6:35pm

Watt smashes the puck goalwards but Ambler is equal to it.

6:33pm

Hoog is released from penalty box duties. Bees also back to full strength.

6:33pm

Hoog is released from penalty box duties.

6:32pm

Moore is out of the box and temporarily clean through on goal! Bracknell sweep up the danger.

6:31pm

Bracknell powerplay.

6:29pm

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.

6:27pm

Just under eight minutes left of the first period.

6:26pm

Cats starting to get it together now. Jonas Hoog, Nell and Tomas Fojtik have all gone close in the last few minutes.

6:25pm

6:25pm

6:24pm

End to end.

6:20pm

Cats are back to full strength.

6:19pm

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.

6:17pm

Hosts are two men up for the next 15 seconds.

6:17pm

Bracknell back to full strength.

6:16pm

Two minutes for Aaron Nell for tripping.

6:15pm

Two minutes for Joe Baird for interference.

6:15pm

Two minutes for ex-Wildcat Matt Foord.

6:14pm

And he's back on. What was that about?

6:13pm

Murdy pulled! 

6:11pm

Murdy in goal for Cats. Carl Ambler for the Bees.

6:10pm

And we're off.

6:09pm

Man with the armbands tonight is Roman Szucs.

6:07pm

6:06pm

 

6:05pm

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

6:02pm

Here come the players. I always think it must be a bit odd skating in complete darkness.

6:02pm

Lights are out.

6:01pm

Just seen Nicky Watt. He looks pumped. Then again, when doesn't he?

6:00pm

5:56pm

Cats usually play pretty well on the road in my experience. Hope I haven't just jinxed it.

5:55pm

We're about five minutes away...

5:54pm

I'm sat by the drum brigade, just to give myself the truly authentic ice hockey experience. And ruined ears.

5:53pm

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.

5:50pm

A fair clutch of Wildcats fans here tonight. Who doesn't love the M4 games?

5:49pm

Ice cleared and the Zamboni is doing the business.

5:49pm

Just been speaking to a travelling fan who reckons Swindon will take it by two goals tonight. Do you agree? Opinions please using #swindonwildcats 

5:46pm

5:45pm

I plan to get the latest on any potential new signing later tonight, so look out for that in tomorrow's match report.

5:44pm

Wildcats' injury situation remains the same by the way. Just Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes out.

5:43pm

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.

5:41pm

Get those predictions coming in please. I will get the ball rolling by reluctantly saying a two-goal home win.

5:40pm

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.

5:39pm

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?

5:36pm

The players are of course out on the ice going through the usual warm-ups.

5:24pm

Presumably you will be hollering at your laptop?

5:19pm

Get your predictions in first of all please...

5:18pm

Don't forget, we desperately want your comments throughout the game. This you can do either using the comments section below, or by using #swindonwildcats on Twitter. Provided your comments are (fairly) coherent, there's a pretty good chance they will be reprinted on this live feed. Get tweeting!

5:16pm

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.

5:15pm

You've had a lie-in, read the papers, eaten an enormous roast and fallen asleep on the sofa. What do you need to complete your Sunday? Ice Hockey Live of course.

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