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Basingstoke Bison look to upset new-look Slough Jets
THE Basingstoke Bison will look to remain in the shake-up for a top-four finish in the English Premier League Cup group standings as they make their first visit of the season to the Slough Jets on Saturday (face-off 6.30pm).
The Herd collected five points from their last three games in the space of four days, and will be keen to get back to winning ways after their penalty shoot-out loss in Sheffield on Tuesday night.
Slough have made a number of changes to their line-up this week, with new Czech netminder Kamil Jarina set to make his debut against the Bison after goalie Gregg Rockman and import defenceman Tomas Fojtik were released.
The decision was slightly bizarre, considering the Jets had enjoyed their first four point weekend of the season, which included a victory in Guildford.
This will certainly make the Herd’s task that much tougher, and Basingstoke player/coach Doug Sheppard said: “They have had a big shake-up this week so this is sure to give them a big lift.
“Slough is a smaller rink, so everything happens that much quicker, which we have to be aware of.
“We will go there looking for a win, after the disappointment of losing in Sheffield.”
The Bison then entertain local rivals the Guildford Flames the following night (face-off 5.30pm).
On their last visit to Basingstoke, the Surrey side won 3-2, but in the return, 24 hours later at the Spectrum, Doug Sheppard scored the winning penalty shot.
Herd head man Sheppard said: “We have played Guildford four times this season and every time it has been decided by a single goal.
“I expect the same thing to happen again on Sunday. We have to make sure that we are the team that wins by the odd goal.”
This week, two Bison players in Zach Sullivan and Stuart Mogg have been selected to play for Great Britain in December.
Defenceman Sullivan is in the Great Britain’s under-20 squad for the World Championships in Dumfries, while Cameron Wynn is a reserve.
GB will host the six-team group, which includes France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Bison forward Stuart Mogg has been selected for the GB’s Men’s University Ice Hockey team, which will take part in theWinter University Games at Trentino in Italy.
Visit basingstokegazette.co.uk /sport for live coverage from both of this weekend’s games.
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