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Basingstoke Bison 2 Guildford Flames 1
THE Basingstoke Bison got their season under way with a hard-earned challenge game victory over English Premier League champions the Guildford Flames on Saturday night.
Visiting Guildford had the better of the opening two periods, Bison netminder Dean Skinns making a succession of saves to keep the game scoreless. He did especially well to keep out Marcus Kristoffersson in the second period following a breakaway, but was eventually beaten at 34:26.
Both teams had men in the penalty box and it was Guildford who made the most of the extra space, Kristoffersson converting Ricky Plant’s pass at the far post to open the scoring.
The Bison remained behind at the second buzzer but the hosts levelled the game at 49:45, making the most of a powerplay. Doug Sheppard and Nicky Chinn were both involved in the build-up, Chinn setting up new signing Miroslav Vantroba for a debut goal.
Both teams then had chances to go ahead but it was the Herd who made the breakthrough in the final minute. Sheppard again got an assist, taking the puck behind the Flames net before feeding Joe Greener, who swept it in from close range.
Guildford were unable to level in the remaining 43 seconds, giving the Bison their first win of the new season, which gets under way in earnest on Saturday.
Player/coach Sheppard said: “I was very happy with everything. Dean Skinns was really good in goal, our defence played well and were very physical, while the forwards worked extremely hard.
“There was a lot of effort and all in all, it was a great start. There were a lot of very good signs. We looked very good considering it was our first game and we had only had three training sessions going into it.
“Our penalty kill kept us in the game and the first goal lifted us. It was nice to get a powerplay goal and then snatch the game late on.
“It was good to see and if we play like that during the season then we will be fine.”
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