On Saturday, the Bees took the trip up to Leeds who are currently top of the league. The Bees had a slow start to the game and Leeds’ Kieran Brown took an early lead on the night with an unassisted goal timed at 00:47. The Leeds goal helped wake the Bees up and gave them something to chase after and Brendan Walkom helped equalise the game at 04:13 with a short-handed goal and an assist was awarded to Dominik Gabaj. Jake Witkowski was quick to help Leeds regain the lead at 05:12 with a powerplay goal and assists awarded to Matt Haywood and Sam Zajac. The first period was extremely back and forth between the Bees and Knights and the Bees were developing throughout the first 20 minutes to keep the fight in order to keep up to the Knights.
An early success for Dan Rose at the start of the second period saw the Bees equalise again with the Knights at 20:42, assists were awarded to Brendan Walkom and Will Stead. However, yet again, Leeds did not let the Bees keep this score for long as Kieran Brown for the second time on the night got past Adam Goss in goal for the Bees at 22:49, assists were awarded to Ethan Hehir and Oli Endicott. At 36:02 Leeds managed to extend their lead further with Matt Haywood scoring the Knights’ fourth goal of the night, Mac Howlett and Jake Witkowski were awarded with assists.
Another great start to the period for the Bees as Josh Smith showed that the Bees were not going to go down without a fight when he got the Bees’ third goal of the night ,making the score Leeds 4-3 Bees, with an assist that went to JJ Pitchley. Then at 52:31 Brendan Walkom shocked the whole rink with his second goal of the night, with a powerplay goal, to equalise the game again at 4-4, assists went to Will Stead and Dominik Gabaj. The Bees continued to fight up until the very end but at 54:33, Matt Haywood got Leeds’ fifth goal of the night with assists that went to Jake Witkowski and Mac Howlett. Then to finish the night, Mac Howlett scored an empty net goal to secure the 2 points for the Leeds Knight after a tough battle against the Bees, leaving the game finishing Leeds 6-4 Bees.
On Sunday the Bees welcomed the Sheffield Steeldogs to town and the Bees came out in the opening period with a strong start straight off of the opening face-off.. Bees were the first with some early success and at 10:40, head coach Dominik Gabaj scored the game’s opening goal, assisted by Dan Rose and Harvey Stead. Less than one minute after the Bee’s first goal James Galazzi got the Bees second goal of the night with assists awarded to Josh Martin and JJ Pitchley. The Steeldogs were quick to reply and at were on the scoresheet just 35 seconds later with a goal from Alex Graham that was assisted by Matt Bissonnette and Jason Hewitt. The Bees thought their two goal cushion had been restored with a little over a minute remaining in the first, but after initially being awarded by the goal judge, the puck was deemed to not have crossed the line by the officials. The Bees did not have to wait too much longer to double their advantage as Gabaj doubled his tally on the night with 42 seconds left on the clock in the first period. Assists for Dominik’s goal were awarded to Dan Rose and Brendan Walkom, this also saw the end of the first period with the score Bees 3-1 Steeldogs.
The Steeldogs had a strong start to the second period and were desperate to try to close the gap on the scoreboard after the Bees scored 3 unanswered goals in the first period. The Bees had early success in the second period like the steeldogs had in the first period. At 33:52 Harvey Stead had his own moment of success with a beautiful shot from the blueline, assists were awarded to Dominik Gabaj and Brendan Walkom. The Bees’ fourth goal was also a delayed penalty goal as Warren Tait received a 2 minute Tripping penalty.
A slow start to the third period for both teams but Sheffield started to pick up their pace and at 44:39 Lee Bonner kept the Steeldogs hopes alive in their fight for the 2 points with a short-handed goal and assists were awarded to Ben Morgan and Tom Palmer. A real push from the Bees saw them secure the points at 56:14 as Dominik Gabaj secured the fifth goal of the night, as well as his hattrick, the game finished Bees 5-2 Sheffield.