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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v Slough Jets
Updated 10:09pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in Ice Hockey
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- Swindon Wildcats 8-5 Slough
- Wildcats dish out Link Centre drubbing
- Henri Sandvik hits second-fastest hat-trick in EPL this season
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Look out for a full report in tomorrow's Adver. Now to write that report in 23 minutes... deadline looms.
That's it. A thumping win for Swindon!
Two minutes left.
Swindon kill the double powerplay.
This game has been non-stop.
Bullas and Swindlehurst both binned.
Slough kill the double powerplay.
Both Bakrlik and Darius Pliskauskas get two minutes. Pliskauskas gets additional minutes for abuse and his night is over.
GOAL! Wildcats 8 Slough 5, 49.50
Or can they? Skinns isn't happy about it but Slough have a fifth goal and it's Bakrlik with his hat-trick.
Swindon back to full strength.
GOAL! Wildcats 8 Slough 4, 47.27
Slough make the two-man advantage count with Kieras tapping in at the post. No way back though surely with 11 minutes to play?
Double powerplay for the Jets. Fojtik off for hooking.
Two minutes for Ollie Betteridge.
One more goal and Cats get their highest win of the season.
GOAL! Wildcats 8 Slough 3, 43.09
There it is. Swindon are shorthanded but Hoog breaks away and shoots low for his second of the night. Fantastic stuff from Wildcats.
Two minutes for Shane Moore.
Danny Milton is in goal for the Jets now.
Period three is go.
One more goal would equal the most goals Swindon have scored in a game this season. The record is 8-4 against Telford.
Sandvik's hat-trick was the second-fastest in the EPL this season. Peterborough's Luke Ferrara holds the record on two minutes, 21 seconds.
That is the end of the second period, which amazingly was even more eventful than the first.
GOAL! Wildcats 7 Slough 3, 37.30
That's a hat-trick for Sandvik inside four minutes, 55 seconds. One of the quickest in the EPL this season. Hoog with the assist and Sandvik finished from close range on the powerplay. It's is a rout!
Sandvik goes down holding his face momentarily. Nothing comes of it.
Hoog bursts through and is felled. Kieras gets two minutes for hooking.
That's four goals in just over 10 minutes at the Link Centre.
GOAL! Wildcats 6 Slough 3, 34.28
Two in two minutes for Sandvik. He bursts down the left, cuts inside and somehow forces the puck past Rockman. He had no right to but it was superbly done.
GOAL! Wildcats 5 Slough 3, 32.35
Hoog fires across the ice for Swindlehurst, who sends it back into the middle for Henri Sandvik. The Finn spins swiftly and beats Rockman with ease.
GOAL! Wildcats 4 Slough 3, 27.38
Very ugly goal. There were sticks hacking about at thin air but eventually Bakrlik got his to the puck and the Jets are just one down.
GOAL! Wildcats 4 Slough 2, 24.19
Great goal. Nell looked like he had lost control of the puck, but somehow passed it across to Hoog from behind him, and the Swede duly stuck the chance away.
Two minutes for hooking for Paul Swindlehurst.
Period two has begun.
The players are back out.
What a mad first period.
GOAL! Wildcats 3 Slough 2, 19.34
Nell sends Swindon into the first break in perfect fashion. He has loads of space and smashes a slapshot that deflects high into the net off Rockman's pad.
GOALS! Wildcats 2 Slough 2
Perkkio finally breaks through on the double powerplay after firing home from Nell's pass on the angle (15.02). But immediately Ciaran Long goes up the other end and sends in the equaliser from Wales with the Jets shorthanded (15.23).
Swindon missed the double powerplay opportunity. Now they have another one after Slough are penalised for having too many men.
Slough have killed nearly half the five minutes.
Match penalty plus five minutes for Gomeniuk for high-sticks on Aldridge.
Aldridge off clutching his face and looks in big trouble. Must be blood there.
Two minutes for Mindy Kieras.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 1, 9.22
Two minutes for Aaron Nell for high sticks. Jets immediately capitalise through Frankie Bakrlik on the powerplay. Assists from Pavel Gomeniuk and Jamez Hutchinson.
Massive scramble. Fojtik thinks he's scored but he hasn't. Didn't look a great deal wrong with that from where I was sitting. Mind you, Swindon didn't complain too much.
Dan Davies goes sliding on his belly and promptly gets a huge round of applause.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 0, 3.28
What a way to announce his return to the side. Perkkio receives a pass from Ryan Aldridge after the player-coach breaks down the right, and the Finn finds the bottom left corner. Great start.
Fojtik nails Michael Wales against the boards.
And we're off.
Dean Skinns in goal for Swindon, Gregg Rockman for Slough.
A lovely welcome for Perkkio as the players are introduced.
It's confirmed. Jan Melichar is sitting the game out. Imports are Jonas Hoog, Matias Perkkio, Henri Sandvik and Tomas Fojtik.
And here come the Wildcats.
Slough players are out.
It will be fascinating to see what happens tonight. I really can't call it. Haven't even got an inkling.
Lights out at the Link.
Face-off scheduled for 7.45pm here.
Swindon will stay sixth even if they win tonight, but they will close the gap on fifth-placed Slough to just two points.
The Zamboni is out there smoothing things over.
The players have cleared the ice.
Jan Melichar is dressed and out on the ice, but I imagine he will be sitting it out with Perkkio back.
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I can't see Joe Baird out on the ice, so it looks like he remains sidelined. No sign of Floyd Taylor either.
Tonight will be a physical test for the players once more. They looked tired after Telford on Sunday having been so shortbenched. Let's hope they have recovered well.
Tonight sees Matias Perkkio back in the Wildcats side after several weeks away in Finland following the death of his father. There will undoubtedly be a rousing welcome from fans when his name is read out.
Ice Hockey Live is up and running again. Tonight Swindon take on Slough at the Link Centre and you will not miss a single goal right here.
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