The Bees skated away from their one game weekend against the Milton Keynes Lightning with 1 point from an intense overtime loss on Sunday evening at the Slough Ice Arena. Bees found themselves short-handed as they were without Josh Kelly as well as Ryan Webb.
Right from the start of the game it was easy to assume the direction in which it was going to go in the sense of an incredibly defensive game. Both teams were quick to try and gain possession of the puck to attempt to take an early lead but neither were able to make it past either netminder during the first period. Milton Keynes found themselves serving 2 penalties during the period while the Bees went without having anything called against them but were unable to capitalise on the one man advantage due to a very tough penalty kill unit that the Lightning put in front of the Bees. During this period both Brython Preece and Jordan Hedley faced a total of 10 shots on goal.
The Lightning started the second period on the penalty kill but were able to shut down any chances that the Bees had during the man advantage. The Bees had a 5 on 3 chance as penalties were called on both Tim Wallace for a 5 minute major while Ben Solder also was called for a 2 minute minor. Gianni Vitali took advantage of this and was able to take the lead for the Bees for the first time on the night at 37:18 with Marcel Balaz and Vanya Antonov gaining assists on the goal. The Bees ended the second period able to maintain the lead after multiple opportunities for the Lightning to take the lead after chances coming from Rory Herrman that Brython Preece was able to shut down. Brython Preece and Jordan Hedley faced the same number of shots on goal again in the second period of 11 shots on goal.
A prompt start to the third period for the Lightning as they were keen to shut the one goal gap on the scoreboard and at 46:23, Rory Herrman was able to end the Lightnings’ silence and get them on the scoreboard for the first time on the night with Dillion Lawrence and Ross Venus both getting assists on the goal that forced the Bees into overtime. Near the end of the third period Will Kerlin had to take over in net for Jordan Hedley due to an accident. During this period Brython Preece faced 11 shots while Jordan Hedey faced 10 and Will Kerlin faced 2 shots.
Towards the start of the overtime the Bees were able to dominant and were able to keep possession of the puck within the Milton Keynes defensive zone but a chance from Dillion Lawrence secured the extra point for the Lightning and left Bees skating away with only 1 point.