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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Bracknell Bees v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 8:25pm Sunday 3rd February 2013 in Ice Hockey
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- Bracknell Bees 5-4 Swindon Wildcats
- Swindon had led 4-3 after period two
- Link Centre side miss out on four-point weekend
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Don't forget. Two full reports and reaction in tomorrow's Adver and also online. That's it from me.
No four-point weekend, but two points against Manchester last night was a cracking result. We shouldn't forget that.
Although with the stats revealing that Swindon outshot their hosts 38 to 28, you could make plenty of arguments the other way.
Yet again the Bees have overcome Ryan Aldridge's men by the narrowest of margins. Ultimately the away side were only really in control for one period tonight. They can't have too many complaints.
Lukas Smital misses an open goal, but Bracknell have won.
Skinns back out.
It's all or nothing now. Time out called by Cats. There's 48 seconds left.
Two minutes left.
Super block by Moore in two-on-one situation.
GOAL! Bracknell 5 Swindon 4, 55.25
Galazzi scrambles in from close range. Huge goal. Swindon were just starting to turn the screw as well.
Five minutes to go.
As it stands, Swindon are going into overtime for the 11th time this season. Remember, they have not won any of those OT matches.
It's getting tense now. Less than 10 minutes left.
And just as I say that the Cats step it up a notch. A couple of near-misses but no real shots as such.
Struggling to remember the last time Swindon actually had a shot.
Paul Swindlehurst seems to take a whack in the face with the Bees on the attack. He stays down. Attack aborted.
I'd bet my house it won't stay 4-4.
Just under 15 minutes to play.
Cats under the cosh here.
GOAL! Bracknell 4 Swindon 4, 42.26
That was a soft goal and not the start to period three that Wildcats wanted. Ollie Bronnimann got the final touch, assisted by Ben Johnson and Shaun Thompson.
Fancy Bracknell will do everything to unsettle Cats this period.
Period three is go.
Can Swindon beat Bracknell at the fifth time of asking this season?
The players are back out.
Fair to say Swindon's games haven't been lacking in goals this weekend. Difficult to squeeze them all into these reports, which will of course be in the Adver and online tomorrow.
The Zamboni is out. About five minutes now until we resume.
7:29pm Sun 3 Feb 13
These 2 new boys worth every penny !!
I believe the phrase is 'come to the party'. Swindon had 19 shots to Bracknell's 10 in that period. That is a big part of the reason why they now lead 4-3.
That's the end of the second period.
GOAL! Bracknell 3 Swindon 4. 38.03
And Cats lead for the first time. A simple pass through the middle of the rink sees skipper Nell go through one-on-one and with a bit of clever stick work he fools Ambler and taps the puck in.
James Galazzi has got two minutes.
Both sides back to full strength.
Foord and Nell both get two minutes. That call was rubbish.
GOAL! Bracknell 3 Swindon 3, 28.44
Betteridge pulls the visitors level for the second time, getting the finish touch following Sandvik's shot.
Time to draw breath.
GOAL! Bracknell 3 Swindon 2, 23.57
Cats were level for just 55 seconds as Rob Lamey goes up the other end and puts the hosts back in front. Assist from ex-Swindon man Matt Foord.
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Swindon 2, 23.02
The puck breaks to Nell at the back post and he practically has the entire goal to aim at, making no mistake. It's the equaliser.
Two minutes for Jan Melichar for holding.
Sam Bullas nearly scored within four seconds!
Second period is underway.
And the players are back out.
Players waiting to return to the ice.
The million dollar question. Would you take a point from tonight at this stage? I'd chance it myself. Only a goal in it.
Zamboni is out doing the business.
Guildford 1 MK 1 after the first period. Interesting,
Shots on goal in period one were 11 by Bracknell and 12 by Swindon.
It wasn't a good start at all, but Swindon are by much back in this and they will be relatively content with that. Bracknell were all over them in the early stages.
That's the end of the first period. A bit of a quiet ending, I'd say.
I'm sure the guy who does the announcements at the Hive is the same one that did the same job on Gladiators all those years ago. Now that was a show.
Much better now from the away side. Pouring forward and plenty of momentum.
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Swindon 1, 11.31
And there's the reward. It looked an optimistic effort when he first lined it up, but Henri Sandvik has brought Wildcats to within a goal courtesy of a powerful wristshot.
The last few minutes have been a bit more like it. Both Hoog and Nell went very close to opening Swindon's account for the night.
Suffice to say, Swindon have not started this game well. A powerplay or two would not go amiss at this stage.
I make it 12 seconds Spearing had been back on before he scored.
GOAL! Bracknell 2 Swindon 0, 4.04
Within seconds of coming back on, Spearing has doubled the lead. A short-handed goal of course and a massive kick in the teeth for the visitors.
Hoog and Spearing are back.
Sam Oakford binned. Cats powerplay.
GOAL! Bracknell 1, Swindon 0, 2.04
Martin Masa gets the hosts off to the ideal start. It was a four-on-four.
Hoog shoots and seconds later finds himself in the penalty box, alongside Scott Spearing.
Dean Skinns in goal for Swindon, Carl Ambler in goal for Bracknell.
And we're off.
Swindon could hop up to fifth tonight, but we'll deal with that if and when it comes to it.
Swindon could well hop up to fifth tonight but to do that they have to win tonight and Guildford have to beat MK.
The players are out on the ice.
Turns out I'm sitting next to Ollie Betteridge's dad. Who knew?
Lights out at the Hive.
Manchester are currently 2-0 up against Slough, which could do Swindon a favour in terms of the Wiltshire side climbing the table in the long run.
— @hegwighawks 03 February 2013
@swindonwildcats good luck on tonight's game lads
Wildcats are sixth in the table, three points ahead of their hosts tonight in seventh.
Well, the simple fact is that Swindon and Bracknell have met four times this season and the Bees have won all of those encounters.
Anyway, enough of me talking absolute garbage, let's look at some stats.
I never thought I'd say this but I'm almost hot in an ice rink.
We're just under 15 minutes away from face-off. The ice has been cleared and the atmosphere is building.
Alien Ant Farm and Smooth Criminal being played here at the Hive. Definitely reminds me of being 15.
From what I can see, there's still no Joe Baird tonight. Matias Perkkio is still in Finland of course and long-term absentees Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes remained sidelined.
Wildcats 5 Bees 3 @SwindonWildcats LETS GO WILDCATS LETS GO #4pointweekend— @beccitaylor2007 03 February 2013
Players from both sides are out on the ice.
Pretty confident I just stared right into the eyes of TV's Matt Allwright, casually strolling around the edge of the rink. Anyone else spotted him?
A big thank you to the Wildcats fan who delved deep into his pocket to supply with the crucial 20p I needed for a programme. Makes covering matches infinitely easier!
Doors are open and I'm safely sitting in the stands waiting for face-off. The 40-minute countdown starts here.
I'm about 17p short of the cash for a programme tonight. Anyone got any shrapnel? I'll be the one begging in the foyer.
Get your predictions in please. Feely wildly confident after last night's thumping win over Manchester? Let us know. Get your predictions and comments in on Twitter using #swindonwildcats or using the comments section below.
Swindon have headed down the M4 tonight with Bracknell the opposition. Big game at the Hive. Follow this live blog for the next four hours for a blow-by-blow account of the action.
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