The weekend started for the TSI World Bees with a road trip to Basingstoke for a local derby with the Bison.
Basingstoke Bison 7 TSI World Bees 6
It was the visitors who scored first at 17.37 when Mikey Power netted shorthanded but the period ended level thanks to a strike from Alex Roberts at 19.21.
Adam Harding gave the Bison a lead at 20.36 but Ryan Webb levelled the game at 21.59 before Joe Baird put Bees back ahead at 31.59. A powerplay goal from George Norcliffe and an even strength goal from Chris Jones sent the home team into the second interval in the lead.
A tied third period followed with Josh Smith scoring at 41.22 on the powerplay for parity but Liam Morris made it 5-4 at 44.31. Norcliffe’s second followed at 44.31 before Harding’s second made it 7 for the home team at 51.07. A powerplay goal from Dominic Gabaj (54.20) and an even strength strike from Will Stead (57.13) pulled the Bees back into the game but they couldn’t find the equalising goal before the final buzzer sounded.
On Sunday Bees skated out on home ice to face the Swindon Wildcats
TSI World Bees 0 Swindon Wildcats 4
Pre-game the celebrations centred around Captain Stuart Mogg’s 500th senior appearance but after 19.20 which couldn’t separate the teams, Swindon scored the opening goal from Edgars Bebris.
Two second period Wildcats’ goals left the Bees a mountain to climb in the final period as Tomas Malasinski scored at 23.07 and Tyler Plews found the back of the net at 31.22.
Despite outshooting the opponents in the third period Bees couldn’t find the breakthrough and eventually opted for the empty net but when Aaron Nell found the puck inside the neutral zone and he skated down and buried it into the empty net for the visitor’s fourth goal.