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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Basingstoke Bison v Swindon Wildcats
7:25pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Local
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- FULL-TIME: Basingstoke Bison 0 Swindon Wildcats 2
- Cats secure first away win of the season thanks to two from Jonas Hoog
FULL-TIME: Basingstoke Bison 0 Swindon Wildcats 2 (Hoog x2)
The home side began the final period with Miller in the bin, the Cats had to rely on a superb block once again from Skinns to deny Owen and keep their lead at the start of the final session.
Watt spent a second spell in the box for interfering with a Basingstoke attack, but once again the Cats shut their hosts out, with a succession of defensive blocks and saves from Skinns maintaining their lead.
Lee Richardson should have made it three for the Cats, but he was denied by an outstanding one-handed save by Lyle after the puck was cut back by Kapicka, but it didn’t matter as the visitors hung on for the win.
END OF SECOND PERIOD: BASINGSTOKE BISON 0 SWINDON WILDCATS 2 (Hoog x2)
Michal Kapicka fired wide as the visitors created the first opening of the second period, but they were soon shorthanded again as Joe Baird was sent to cool off for blocking.
The Wildcats held on manfully without him, and within seconds of returning to the ice Baird himself fired in a shot which was well blocked by Lyle.
Carl Graham was binned for tripping, but despite having the man advantage it was the Wildcats who found themselves on the defensive and Skinns was forced to make a vital block as Greg Chambers raced through on the net.
The penalty theme continued after Aaron Nell and Nicky Watt were sent to the box for roughing alongside Joe Miller of the Bison, and within seconds of the Wildcats skipper returning to the ice he had a hand in Hoog’s second goal as the Swede rammed home.
Jan Melichar was the next to be penalised for holding, but the visitors continued to attack despite being a man down as they went in 2-0 up at the end of the second period.
END OF FIRST PERIOD: BASINGSTOKE BISON 0 SWINDON WILDCATS 1 (Hoog, 15.11)
Both sides looked desperate to play after they eventually made it out onto the ice, and the Cats had the better of the early exchanges which allowed Nicky Watt and Jonas Hoog to get good shots away.
Home netminder Stevie Lyle was equal to both, but there was nothing he could do was Swede Hoog picked up possession down the Cats’ right, and got his shot off quickly to find the back of the Bison net.
Netminder Dean Skinns did well to save from Andy Melachrino to keep the scores level, before Joe Rand chipped an effort just over the top of the frame from close range as the visitors began to take control as Hoog was sent to the box for slashing.
Skinns kept the visitors ahead with two impressive saves in the dying seconds as the first period came to a close.
UPDATE: Looks like we will be getting underway at 8.30pm after some referees were found, with the players beginning their warm-up (again) at 8.10pm.
The lack of any internet on Planet Ice means updates will appear here after the end of each period.
BREAKING NEWS: Face-off delayed here until at least 8.30pm due to a lack of referees at Planet Ice. It would appear the home side forgot to book any.
The Wildcats' only victory came at home to Telford on Saturday night, but Joe Baird believes they will sonn earn the results their performances deserve.
“I think we gave a good account of ourselves against Manchester. You're always going to have lulls in hockey, that's why teams score goals, it's a breakdown of the system,” he said.
“They had the first initial punch, we didn't give up, we came back, we matched them for what they had and there was a goal in it.
“Yes, we were disappointed not to get two points, but we've learnt a lot about ourselves battling back and playing good hockey.
“Like I said, teams are going to score goals and last year if a team scored one or two goals against us we kind of put our heads down a bit whereas this year, we're not that team. We will battle back and we will go to the net and get goals.”
Good evening, and welcome to Basingstoke for tonight's EPL game between the Bison and the Wildcats. Updates will appear here throughout the game, and at the end of each period.