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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Manchester Phoenix
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- Score - Bison 5 Phoenix 3
- The Bison edge the first period, but there are no goals.
- Robin Kovar scores the opener, but Ciaran Long and Joe Rand made it 2-1 at the second break.
- James Archer levels it, before Joe Baird and Tomas Karpov score.
- Manchester score again from Kovar and then Connolly's empty netter seals the win.
That is it from another Bison season and it has to rank of one of the best in the 25 years I have been watching the team.
A double winning season is just the way for the Bison to celebrate their 25th season. A job well done.
Join us again in September when we will be look to add even more silverware.
REACTION: Basingstoke Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard said: "This is amazing and a great feeling to do it with this team. The boys worked really hard and they deserve it. I would also like to thank our fans who were great all weekend."
Final score - Bison 5 Phoenix 3
The double is theirs you better believe it.
GOAL - Bison 5 Phoenix 3 - Aaron Connolly (59:58)
Connolly slots into empty net.
Bison fans on their feet.
16 seconds left.
GOAL - Bison 4 Phoenix 3 - Robin Kovar (56:49)
Kovar scores from close range to set up a tense finish.
Connolly takes a penalty so Manchester have a powerplay with six minutes left.
Manchester kill the penalties as Long is denied.
The game is delayed as work is carried out on one of the adverts behind Fone's goal.
Graham joins Heron in the sin bin the Bison have 67 seconds of a two man advantage.
GOAL - Bison 4 Phoenix 2 - Tomas Karpov (50:01)
Karpov skates over the blue line and let's free.
GOAL - Bison 3 Phoenix 2 - Joe Baird (47:53)
Joe Baird scores from the blue line. No more than the Bison deserve.
Sheppard has the puck in the net, but it is disallowed as the whistle has gone as the refs thought the goalie made save and blew whistle.
Greener and Long are denied by Fone, but did not know much about it.
Karpov goes close for the Bison.
GOAL - Bison 2 Phoenix 2 - James Archer (42:30)
Archer scores from close range on the powerplay.
Third period underway lets hope the refs let the team play hockey.
END OF SECOND PERIOD - Bison 2 Phoenix 1
Bison take a one goal lead into the final 20 minutes and it is going to be the longest 20 minutes of the season. A great game so far, but it is sure to be a tense one. Everyone cross your fingers.
Final minute of the second period.
Bison kill the penalty and Reynolds steps out of the box on a breakaway and Fone makes a great stop.
Connolly on the back hand and Fone makes the save as Bison kill a penalty on Vantroba.
GOAL - Bison 2 Phoenix 1 - Joe Rand (31:36)
Rand scores the penalty shot through the legs of Fone.
Bison penalty shot as Rand is upended by Kovar.
GOAL - Bison 1 Phoenix 1 - Ciaran Long (29:13)
Long makes quick amends with a nice finish at the far post.
GOAL - Bison 0 Phoenix 1 - Robin Kovar (28:47)
Kovar taps in on the powerplay as Long goes to the sin bin.
Manchester kill the penalty and Skinns produces a double save from Hand after Chinn went close for the Bison.
Bison on the powerplay as Bakrlik takes a seat in the sin bin.
Skinns saves from Wood close in.
Manchester test Skinns first.
Second period underway still all to play for.
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 0 Phoenix 0
Manchester started the session the better, but Bison ended it the better and deserved to take the lead, but Fone made the stops.
Final minute of the first period.
Bison go close on their first powerplay as Long, Karpov and Sullivan force saves.
Karpov releases Sheppard and Fone makes a great save.
Goal mouth scramble in front of Fone plenty of face washing.
Bison kill the penalty and Sheppard shots just wide shorthanded.
First powerplay of the night goes to the Phoenix as Melachrino goes to the sin bin.
Bakrlik goes in close on Skinns and he makes the save.
Bison hit back testing Fone.
Manchester have the first couple of shots.
Game underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Stephen Fone guards the pipes for Manchester.
Both teams now on the ice being backed by their fans.
The refs skate out they are Matt Thompson and Stefan Hogarth.
Bison are the away team tonight so are sporty their all red jerseys.
Team news both teams ice with the same teams as yesterday.
In my eyes there is nothing between the finalists and they tied the league series 3-3. Last season these sides met in the play-off semi-final which the Phoenix won after a penalty shoot-out. Time for revenge I feel.
Manchester reached the final thanks to a 4-3 overtime win over Swindon yesterday. The Bison won the second semi-final after an excellent 5-2 victory over Guildford.
Welcome to tonight's game between Basingstoke Bison and Manchester Phoenix. The game set to start at 4pm.
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