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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v Slough Jets

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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

10:07pm

Look out for a full report in tomorrow's Adver. Now to write that report in 23 minutes... deadline looms.

10:05pm

That's it. A thumping win for Swindon!

10:03pm

Two minutes left.

10:02pm

Swindon kill the double powerplay.

9:59pm

This game has been non-stop.

9:58pm

Bullas and Swindlehurst both binned.

9:57pm

Slough kill the double powerplay.

9:55pm

Both Bakrlik and Darius Pliskauskas get two minutes. Pliskauskas gets additional minutes for abuse and his night is over.

9:51pm

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.

9:48pm

Swindon back to full strength.

9:47pm

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?

9:44pm

Double powerplay for the Jets. Fojtik off for hooking.

9:42pm

Two minutes for Ollie Betteridge.

9:38pm

One more goal and Cats get their highest win of the season.

9:37pm

Penalty killed.

9:37pm

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.

9:35pm

Two minutes for Shane Moore.

9:35pm

Danny Milton is in goal for the Jets now.

9:32pm

Period three is go.

9:31pm

One more goal would equal the most goals Swindon have scored in a game this season. The record is 8-4 against Telford.

9:25pm

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.

9:11pm

That is the end of the second period, which amazingly was even more eventful than the first.

9:09pm

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!

9:07pm

Sandvik goes down holding his face momentarily. Nothing comes of it.

9:05pm

Hoog bursts through and is felled. Kieras gets two minutes for hooking.

9:03pm

That's four goals in just over 10 minutes at the Link Centre.

9:03pm

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.

9:01pm

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.

8:52pm

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.

8:48pm

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.

8:44pm

Penalty killed.

8:42pm

Two minutes for hooking for Paul Swindlehurst.

8:40pm

Period two has begun.

8:39pm

The players are back out.

8:37pm

What a mad first period.

8:26pm

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.

8:21pm

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).

8:16pm

Swindon missed the double powerplay opportunity. Now they have another one after Slough are penalised for having too many men.

8:14pm

Slough have killed nearly half the five minutes.

8:11pm

Match penalty plus five minutes for Gomeniuk for high-sticks on Aldridge.

8:10pm

Aldridge off clutching his face and looks in big trouble. Must be blood there.

8:08pm

Two minutes for Mindy Kieras.

8:07pm

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.

8:05pm

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.

8:02pm

Dan Davies goes sliding on his belly and promptly gets a huge round of applause.

7:59pm

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.

7:54pm

Fojtik nails Michael Wales against the boards.

7:52pm

And we're off.

7:52pm

Dean Skinns in goal for Swindon, Gregg Rockman for Slough.

7:50pm

A lovely welcome for Perkkio as the players are introduced.

7:49pm

It's confirmed. Jan Melichar is sitting the game out. Imports are Jonas Hoog, Matias Perkkio, Henri Sandvik and Tomas Fojtik.

7:46pm

And here come the Wildcats.

7:45pm

Slough players are out.

7:44pm

It will be fascinating to see what happens tonight. I really can't call it. Haven't even got an inkling.

7:42pm

Lights out at the Link.

7:39pm

Face-off scheduled for 7.45pm here.

7:39pm

Swindon will stay sixth even if they win tonight, but they will close the gap on fifth-placed Slough to just two points.

7:35pm

The Zamboni is out there smoothing things over.

7:32pm

The players have cleared the ice.

7:29pm

Jan Melichar is dressed and out on the ice, but I imagine he will be sitting it out with Perkkio back.

7:28pm

Send in your tweets using #swindonwildcats and the best will be reproduced in this live blog. Any predictions?

7:27pm

I can't see Joe Baird out on the ice, so it looks like he remains sidelined. No sign of Floyd Taylor either.

7:15pm

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.

7:12pm

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.

7:10pm

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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