LiveICE HOCKEY LIVE: Bracknell Bees v Swindon Wildcats

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Summary

  • 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

8:25pm

Don't forget. Two full reports and reaction in tomorrow's Adver and also online. That's it from me.

8:24pm

No four-point weekend, but two points against Manchester last night was a cracking result. We shouldn't forget that.

8:22pm

Although with the stats revealing that Swindon outshot their hosts 38 to 28, you could make plenty of arguments the other way.

8:20pm

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.

8:19pm

Lukas Smital misses an open goal, but Bracknell have won.

8:18pm

And pulled.

8:18pm

Skinns back out.

8:17pm

It's all or nothing now. Time out called by Cats. There's 48 seconds left.

8:16pm

Skinns pulled.

8:15pm

Two minutes left.

8:13pm

Super block by Moore in two-on-one situation.

8:12pm

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.

8:10pm

Five minutes to go.

8:07pm

As it stands, Swindon are going into overtime for the 11th time this season. Remember, they have not won any of those OT matches.

8:05pm

It's getting tense now. Less than 10 minutes left.

8:03pm

And just as I say that the Cats step it up a notch. A couple of near-misses but no real shots as such.

8:01pm

Struggling to remember the last time Swindon actually had a shot.

7:58pm

Paul Swindlehurst seems to take a whack in the face with the Bees on the attack. He stays down. Attack aborted.

7:57pm

I'd bet my house it won't stay 4-4.

7:56pm

Just under 15 minutes to play.

7:54pm

Cats under the cosh here.

7:53pm

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.

7:47pm

Fancy Bracknell will do everything to unsettle Cats this period.

7:46pm

Period three is go.

7:46pm

Can Swindon beat Bracknell at the fifth time of asking this season?

7:44pm

The players are back out.

7:43pm

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.

7:39pm

The Zamboni is out. About five minutes now until we resume.

7:30pm

7:29pm Sun 3 Feb 13

CamCat24 says

These 2 new boys worth every penny !!

7:30pm

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.

7:27pm

That's the end of the second period.

7:26pm

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.

7:22pm

Penalty killed.

7:20pm

James Galazzi has got two minutes.

7:17pm

Both sides back to full strength.

7:14pm

Foord and Nell both get two minutes. That call was rubbish.

7:11pm

GOAL! Bracknell 3 Swindon 3, 28.44

Betteridge pulls the visitors level for the second time, getting the finish touch following Sandvik's shot.

7:09pm

Time to draw breath.

7:05pm

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.

7:03pm

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.

7:00pm

Penalty killed.

6:58pm

Two minutes for Jan Melichar for holding.

6:57pm

Sam Bullas nearly scored within four seconds!

6:57pm

Second period is underway.

6:56pm

And the players are back out.

6:54pm

Players waiting to return to the ice.

6:53pm

The million dollar question. Would you take a point from tonight at this stage? I'd chance it myself. Only a goal in it.

6:51pm

Zamboni is out doing the business.

6:49pm

Guildford 1 MK 1 after the first period. Interesting,

6:43pm

Shots on goal in period one were 11 by Bracknell and 12 by Swindon.

6:39pm

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.

6:39pm

That's the end of the first period. A bit of a quiet ending, I'd say.

6:35pm

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.

6:30pm

Much better now from the away side. Pouring forward and plenty of momentum.

6:29pm

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.

6:26pm

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.

6:23pm

Suffice to say, Swindon have not started this game well. A powerplay or two would not go amiss at this stage.

6:22pm

I make it 12 seconds Spearing had been back on before he scored.

6:17pm

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.

6:16pm

Hoog and Spearing are back.

6:15pm

Sam Oakford binned. Cats powerplay.

6:14pm

GOAL! Bracknell 1, Swindon 0, 2.04

Martin Masa gets the hosts off to the ideal start. It was a four-on-four.

6:13pm

Hoog shoots and seconds later finds himself in the penalty box, alongside Scott Spearing.

6:09pm

Dean Skinns in goal for Swindon, Carl Ambler in goal for Bracknell.

6:09pm

And we're off.

6:06pm

Anthem time

6:04pm

Swindon could hop up to fifth tonight, but we'll deal with that if and when it comes to it.

6:03pm

Swindon could well hop up to fifth tonight but to do that they have to win tonight and Guildford have to beat MK.

6:02pm

The players are out on the ice.

6:01pm

Turns out I'm sitting next to Ollie Betteridge's dad. Who knew?

6:00pm

Lights out at the Hive.

5:59pm

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.

5:58pm

 

5:55pm

Wildcats are sixth in the table, three points ahead of their hosts tonight in seventh.

5:54pm

Well, the simple fact is that Swindon and Bracknell have met four times this season and the Bees have won all of those encounters.

5:52pm

Anyway, enough of me talking absolute garbage, let's look at some stats.

5:52pm

I never thought I'd say this but I'm almost hot in an ice rink.

5:49pm

Zamboni time.

5:45pm

We're just under 15 minutes away from face-off. The ice has been cleared and the atmosphere is building.

5:37pm

Alien Ant Farm and Smooth Criminal being played here at the Hive. Definitely reminds me of being 15.

5:27pm

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.

5:23pm

First prediction in, keep them coming please!

5:22pm

Players from both sides are out on the ice.

5:22pm

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?

5:20pm

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!

5:18pm

Doors are open and I'm safely sitting in the stands waiting for face-off. The 40-minute countdown starts here.

4:58pm

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.

4:57pm

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.

4:56pm

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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7:29pm Sun 3 Feb 13

CamCat24 says...

These 2 new boys worth every penny !!
These 2 new boys worth every penny !! CamCat24
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12:10pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Robh says...

It is a long time since I went to watch the Wildcats but I see nothings changed. After a good performance at home on Saturday they lose away on Sunday.

Visit the bar on Saturday night to find out why.
It is a long time since I went to watch the Wildcats but I see nothings changed. After a good performance at home on Saturday they lose away on Sunday. Visit the bar on Saturday night to find out why. Robh
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