Tough weekends kept on coming for the TSI World Bracknell Bees as they started the weekend with the M4 trip to Swindon to face the Wildcats.
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A scoreless first period saw the Bees almost outshoot their opponents by a 2/1 margin but it was finally at 35.21 when Aidan Doughty converted a powerplay that the game saw it’s first goal. With no further scoring the second period ended in the Bees favour.
The final period saw Tyler Plews equalise at 45.57 before Tyler VanKleef netted at 50.32 to give Swindon the lead for the first time on the night. Tomas Malasinski scored shorthanded with 7.06 left on the clock but Roman Malinik kept it interesting with goals at 57.43 and 58.54 on the powerplay but, with the Bees net empty, in between those Malinik goals Steve Whitfield had scored what turned out to be the game winner.
Swindon: Whitfield, Malasinski 1+1; Plews, Vankleef 1+0. Net: Marr (59.36) 33/3 & Empty Net (0.24) 0)
Bracknell: Malinik 2+0; B Baird 0+2; Doughty 1+0; Knaggs, Gabaj, Smith 0+1. Net: Goss (59.20) 28/3 & Empty Net (0.40) 1/1
Period Scores: 0-0/0-1/4-2
Shots On Goal: 29-33
Penalty Minutes: 12-6
Bracknell: Ealey-Newman 2+0; Malinik, Gabaj, Baird 0+2; Webb, Smith 1+0; H Stead 0+1. Net: Goss (60.00) 29/3
Peterborough: Weldon 2+1; McEwen 1+2; Robson, Stepanek, Billing 0+1. Net: Bainborough (58.34) 37/4 & Empty Net: (1.26) 0/0
On Sunday night the TSI World Bracknell Bees skated out on home ice for a delayed face-off against the Peterborough Phantoms following an overrunning schedule at the rink.
TSI World Bracknell Bees 4 Peterborough Phantoms 3
The game got off to a less than ideal start for the home team when the Phantoms were two goals up within 7.10 thanks to goals from Corey McEwen (2.37) and Will Weldon (7.10). But despite the shaky start the Bees fought back into the game and a powerplay goal from Josh Ealey-Newman at 17.21 sent the team to the first period interval just down a single goal.
Chances came at both ends of the ice in the second period but Dominic Gabaj fed Josh Smith to strike at 35.20 to level up the game and with 53 seconds left in the period Ealey-Newman scored his second to send the home team in a goal up.
Will Weldon equalised with 8.49 remaining in the game setting up a tense finish but Ryan Webb netted the game winner at 56.41 on the powerplay. The end wasn’t without drama though as a too many men penalty against the Bees with 122 seconds left to play gave the Phantoms a huge powerplay but with 6 seconds left in the game the powerplay came to an end when James Ferrara took an unsportsman like conduct penalty and Bees closed out the win.
Period Scores: 1-2/2-0/1-1
Shots On Goal: 37-29
Penalty Minutes: 4-12