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MATCH NIGHT - Basingstoke Bison v Manchester Phoenix
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- Welcome to tonight's game between the Basingstoke Bison and Manchester Phoenix
Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard said: "We played a complete 60 minutes and we deserved the win. We have now beaten two of the top sides and we are difficult team to beat if we work hard from the first face-off."
FINAL SCORE - Bison 4 Phoenix 2
The crowd are on their feet as the league leaders are beaten 4-2.
The Bison dominated the second two periods and in the end the Phoenix were lucky only loss by a couple.
A solid team performance and now hopefully the start of a winning run at home.
Connolly and Karpov force saves as Bison look for a fifth as the game enters the final minute.
Rand goes close on the breakaway with four minutes left
GOAL: Bison 4 Phoenix 2 - Sullivan (52:13)
Sullivan fires in a blue line shot through traffic and the Herd now have a two goal advantage.
Both teams having chances as game enters final 10 minutes.
Bison kill penalty on Rand as Manchester big guns cannot find a way past Skinns.
GOAL: Bison 3 Phoenix 2 - Rand - (43:00)
Rand scores on another powerplay goal after Wood goes to the box.
It is going to be a long 17 minutes as period a lot more even more.
Third period starts
END OF SECOND PERIOD - Bison 2 Phoenix 2
Bison deserved more than the one goal they scored. Manchester lucky to get to the buzzer still level. The Herd still look good on the powerplay so lets hope the refs keep calling the penalties on Manchester.
Kovar has a rare Manchester attack and the Skinns makes the save
Another powerplay and some more good Bison pressure with Karpov at the centre of things.
Manchester will be pleased to hear the second period buzzer.
GOAL: Bison 2 Phoenix 2 - Vantroba (33:30)
Vantroba scores on the powerplay with a crisp blue line shot.
No more than they deserved.
Greener forces a save and then Miller fires over as the Herd still look for the equaliser.
Another powerplay and the Bison get even closer as Chinn hits the post. They must score soon please.
Karpov tests Fone as the Herd are on top at the moment.
Good Bison pressure on a powerplay and somehow they fail to score - they must get a goal soon.
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: Bison 1 Phoenix 2
Manchester look very slick, but Bison are hanging in there and have looked good on the powerplay.
In the final minute of the period Neil tests Skinns who pads away his shot
A rocket shot from Kovar leaves Skinns on the ice in a heap there is a hush in the rink as he receives treatment, but is able to continue.
GOAL - Bison 1 Phoenix 2 - Hand (17:47)
Hand fires in at the back post after nice break-out
The Neil penalty runs out and McKinney goes to the box to keep the sides four-on-four.
Phoenix penalty on Neil sees Bison go close from Rand and some afters following a goal mouth scramble puts Greener in the box.
GOAL - Bison 1 Phoenix 1 - Connolly (13:38)
Connolly forces in at the post on the powerplay
Skinns makes a great double save to deny Graham and Bakrlik, then Bakrlik draws a penalty.
Bison kill penalty on Reynolds with Joe Greener and Sheppard going close shorthanded
GOAL - Bison 0 Phoenix 1 - Psurny - (3:59)
Superb move involving Archer and Hand sees Psurny finish well
Bison kill first penalty of game as Psurny and Schnabel force Skinns into excellent pad saves.
The puck is dropped the game is underway
Carl Graham is back for the Bison so they have a full line-up while Manchester are minus back-up goalie Jorge El-Hage.
The Phoenix lead the league and the Herd will have to stop the likes of Frantisek Bakrlik, the league's leading goal scorer and Michal Psurny the top points scorer.
They have done this in the past this season and enjoyed a clean sweep of home victories over the Phoenix last season and will hoping to keep this run going.
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