ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v Slough Jets

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  • Swindon Wildcats 4-5 Slough Jets (final score)
  • Slough gain revenge for Saturday defeat
  • Sandvik involved in all four Swindon goals
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

8:15pm

Don't forget to look out for two full match reports and reaction in the Adver tomorrow. Plenty more through the week, too.

8:14pm

Surprised by that result. Swindon were well in control at one point and didn't look like losing. Shame after all the hard work of Saturday night.

8:10pm

That's it. Slough saw it out very professionally.

8:07pm

Desperate stuff.

8:04pm

Three minutes left.

8:02pm

That's nine penalties Slough have served tonight.

8:01pm

Penalty killed.

8:00pm

Nell gets up gingerly after a whack.

7:58pm

Two minutes for Wales. Cats powerplay.

7:57pm

Swindon have eight minutes to save this.

7:56pm

Penalty killed.

7:54pm

Cats powerplay.

7:54pm

GOAL! Swindon 4 Slough 5, 48.48

That's a third goal in seven minutes and it's Pliskauskas with his second. Ouch. Assists Kieras and Koulikov.

7:51pm

Penalty killed.

7:49pm

Cats powerplay.

7:48pm

There are 14 minutes left here at the Link Centre.

7:48pm

Just putting it out there - overtime?

7:44pm

GOALS! Swindon 4 Slough 4, 41.42 and 42.13

Nightmare for Cats. Bakrlik gets his second of the evening on the powerplay and then the equaliser quickly follows courtesy of Darius Pliskauskas.

7:42pm

Two minutes for Moore for slashing.

7:41pm

Shots on goal for period two, 16 by Swindon, 14 by Slough.

7:39pm

We are underway.

7:37pm

Period three is close now.

7:36pm

Good spelling!

7:36pm

Tonight's Ice Hockey Live has crept into the Adver's 10 Most Read. That's two of them there now. I reckon you guys might like this.

7:34pm

On comes Gangnam Style, cue mass dancing.

7:33pm

It's the Jets that are giving away the penalties tonight, six so far to Swindon's two.

7:32pm

Maybe his is complacent, but I can't see a way back into this for Slough. Swindon keep coming up with the answers.

7:27pm

Make that 4-2!

7:22pm

Sandvik has been involved in all four goals tonig, with one goal and three assists. Looking a shrewd signing at this stage.

7:20pm

That's the end of the second period.

7:18pm

GOAL! Swindon 4 Slough 2, 35.48

And that's a first goal in a Swindon colours for Ollie Betteridge. Assists from Nell and Sandvik.

7:12pm

Penalty killed.

7:10pm

Sandvik barged over by James Hutchinson. He gets two minutes and it's a Cats powerplay.

7:08pm

GOAL! Swindon 3 Slough 2, 30.36

There was an air of fortune about that goal, but Slough won't care a bit. Dan Davies has scored via a deflection that left Murdy wrong-footed. Assists from Bakrlik and Adam Greener.

7:04pm

We are half way through this game. Cats looking good.

7:04pm

Penalty killed.

7:00pm

Cats powerplay.

6:58pm

Lots of chances at both ends so far in period two, but no goals.

6:52pm

And we're off again.

6:50pm

Nearly ready for period two.

6:48pm

Shots on goal in period one was 14 for Cats, 11 for Slough.

6:47pm

Two goals and an assist for Sandvik. He's absolutely loving it out there.

6:39pm

Two goals and an assist for Sandvik. He's absolutely loving it out there.

6:37pm

GOAL! Swindon 3 Slough 1, 19.53

Great goal. Sandvik gets the puck in space and flies past the defenceman like he's not there, before placing his shot low in the left corner. Two-goal advantage restored. Nell and Hoog get assists.

6:33pm

GOAL! Swindon 2 Slough 1, 17.49

Sort of out of nowhere, Frankie Bakrlik has pulled one back for the Jets with a rapid wristshot. Murdy didn't have much chance with that one. Assist for Slava Koulikov.

6:30pm

There's definitely another fight in this game. I can feel it.

6:29pm

Slough kill the penalty.

6:26pm

Cats powerplay.

6:23pm

Too many men. Slough powerplay. Moore serves the time.

6:23pm

Cracking home debut for Sandvik thus far. A goal and an assist. Popular yet?

6:20pm

Slough back to full strength.

6:19pm

Kieras has come back and immediately been binned for hooking. Another Cats powerplay.

6:19pm

GOAL! Swindon 2 Slough 0, 7.14

On the powerplay, Hoog is teed up by Sandvik and his shot deflects into the roof of the net. Nell also gets an assist.

6:16pm

Two minutes Mindy Kieras for roughing.

6:15pm

Forgot to mention that Tom Murdy is in goal. Dean Skinns might feel a bit aggrieved. He saved over 95 per cent last night.

6:12pm

Short bout of punches thrown between Shane Moore and Michael Wales. It's 2+2 each for roughing.

6:08pm

GOAL! Swindon 1 Slough 0, 0.52

What a start! That's a first goal for the club for Sandvik. He was there to fire home after Aldridge's near-post effort was spilled by Rockman. Shane Moore also got an assist.

6:04pm

The game has started.

6:02pm

Anthem time.

6:01pm

Players being introduced.

6:00pm

And here come the Wildcats.

5:59pm

The Slough players are out on the ice.

5:58pm

That shy and retiring fellow, Alun Rossiter, is here tonight, living it up in the VIP section. That's the man who brought speedway's top-flight title to Swindon last year. Top man.

5:57pm

Anyway, I think we might be nearly there.

5:56pm

It wouldn't be the Link Centre if there weren't children wrestling uncontrollably yards away from the rink.

5:54pm

I spoke to Aaron Nell about missing out on GB selection for Winter Olympics qualifiers last night. The Wildcats skipper seems to have taken it all in a positive way and is upbeat about his national future. Look out for that article in the next few days.

5:53pm

I know you lot don't care a jot about this, but I love the 3G signal at the Link Centre. Last night at the Hangar gave me a few frights.

5:51pm

My bold prediction for this evening is that Swindon won't have to serve as many penalties tonight as they did yesterday. Ten was a bit much really.

5:50pm

Feel free to tweet me throughout the week, not just tonight, on all things Swindon Wildcats (@nedpayne1).

5:49pm

The Zamboni is out. Face-off should be at 6pm.

5:48pm

I'm informed by Wildcats official Mark Thompson that Baird's injury is not serious.

5:43pm

Anyone care to make a prediction? Go on, be brave.

5:39pm

Don't forget to get involved tonight and have your say. Get your opinions down in the Comments section below or use #swindonwildcats on Twitter. The best comments will be reproduced in this live blog.

5:37pm

From a quick scan of the ice, there's no sign of Joe Baird, who took a whack last night and looked distinctly uncomfortable afterwards.

5:33pm

Tonight should be a different sort of game to yesterday. I fancy Slough will be much-improved for a start. They really didn't impress me a great deal on their own ice.

5:32pm

Tonight will be the first chance for the home fans to see recent signings Henri Sandvik and Ollie Betteridge in action at the Link Centre. The latter is wearing Chris Jones' old shirt again this evening!

5:28pm

A second dose of Ice Hockey Live in a weekend. What a treat!

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