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REPORT - Basingstoke Bison 3 Milton Keynes Lightning 2
THE Basingstoke Bison enjoyed double header success over the Milton Keynes Lightning at the weekend.
They followed up a 6-3 away win on Saturday evening with a 3-2 success in Basingstoke 24 hours later.
In the home leg of the weekend, the early part of the game was a very even affair, before the Herd opened the scoring thanks to Joe Miller with a powerplay goal at 12:31.
The second session saw the Herd dominate, but it was not until the final minute that they were able to add to their tally as Joe Rand fired in from the right wing.
The visitors got themselves back into the contest as Stanislav Lascek scored as the net came off its moorings. The goal still stood much to the displeasure of the home fans.
Soon after, MK's Lucas Zatopek crashed a shot off the crossbar as they came looking for an equaliser, but it was the Bison who struck next with their third powerplay goal of the night, thanks to a crisp strike from Tomas Karpov at 55:41.
There was still plenty of drama left in the game as Joe Greener took a hooking penalty at 58:33. The visitors pulled their goalie and Lascek scored with 34.3 seconds left in the match.
This saw Greener released from the sin bin, only to be replaced by Rand, leaving MK still on a powerplay, but despite this they were unable to force the match into overtime.
The Herd's Kurt Reynolds picked up a well deserved man-of-the-match, the defenceman having a solid game on the blue line and twice forcing MK's man-of-the-match Jordan Hedley into a couple of smart saves.
In the first game of the weekend in Coventry, MK's home for the season, the Bison were first out of the blocks as man-of-the-match Joe Miller scored, only for Blaz Emersic to level within a minute at 7:44.
The visitors then took a 3-1 lead into the break, thanks to goals from Joe Greener and Miller.
MK's Leigh Jamieson narrowed the scoreline to one with a strike at 21:11, but 18 seconds later Karpov netted the Bison's fourth and within a minute Miller completed his hat-trick.
This saw the home side call a time-out and former Bison shot stopper Stephen Wall was replaced by Hedley for the rest of the game.
The home side scored the only goal of the rest of the second period from Emersic, before Bison's Aaron Connolly wrapped up the scoring at 50:45.
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