MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Guildford Flames

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  • FINAL SCORE - Basingstoke Bison 6 Guildford Flames 4
  • Bison win thrilling encounter at the Basingstoke Arena.
  • Victory closes the gap between them and the Flames to just two points.
  • Three goals in 94 seconds from Joe Miller, Miroslav Vantroba and Tomas Karpov have the Bison well in front at the first buzzer.
  • Joe Greener makes it four early in the second period but the Flames pull goals back through Tom Duggan and David Longstaff, only for Andy Melachrino to make it 5-2 at the second buzzer.
  • Milos Melicherik and Longstaff have the lead down to one late on, but Aaron Connolly seals victory for the Bison.

9:58pm

That's all for tonight folks. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Graham Merry will be back for next weekend's games.

9:58pm

That's all for tonight folks. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Graham Merry will be back for next weekend's games.

9:57pm

REACTION

A video of Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard giving his thoughts on the game can be found here:

http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/sport/10847344.VIDEO_REACTION___Basingstoke_Bison_player_coach_Doug_Sheppard/

8:53pm

FINAL SCORE - Basingstoke Bison 6 Guildford Flames 4

A great game and an important win for the Bison. They are now just two points behind the Flames in the table, while allowing the visitors to come back from 4-0 down would have been a psychological blow.

Reaction from Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard to follow.

8:50pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 6 Guildford Flames 4 - Aaron Connolly (58:57)

It looked set for a tight finish, but that should seal victory for the Bison. AARON CONNOLLY gets the goal, firing home from Doug Sheppard and Joe Greener.

8:49pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 5 Guildford Flames 4 - David Longstaff (58:15)

The Flames make good use of the penalty, DAVID LONGSTAFF forcing the puck past Skinns. Branislav Kvertan and David Savage get the helpers.

8:46pm

PENALTY

Carl Graham goes to the bin for that hit. A 2+10 penalty for checking from behind so that's his night over.

8:44pm

Rick Plant is down following a high hit, sparking a melee.

8:43pm

The hosts get themselves into a real mess at the back. Rick Plant finds himself with an age to pick out a pass from behind the net but Longstaff is unable to get on the end of it.

8:41pm

The Bison are unable to make the most of the powerplay. They got a couple of shots away but could not find the net.

8:40pm

PENALTY

The Bison get a powerplay as Andy Hemmings is sent to the sin-bin. Two minutes for interference at 52:21.

8:37pm

Almost another for the visitors. Joe Baird was caught out looking to switch lines and Ben Campbell was through, but Skinns kept him out.

8:34pm

The Bison take a timeout. Just over 10 minutes left.

8:31pm

The Bison see off the powerplay with little incident.

8:30pm

PENALTY

The Bison lose Connolly for two minutes. Delay of game at 46:28.

8:24pm

Basingstoke Bison 5 Guildford Flames 3 - Milos Melicherik (44:19)

Rick Plant pulls the puck back from behind the net and MILOS MELICHERIK fires over Dean Skinns' shoulder from the slot.

8:22pm

There's been a really good tempo to the early stages of the period, but neither netminder has really been tested yet.

8:19pm

The third period is underway. It's now been decided that Cam Wynn also gets an assist on that fifth goal. Really?

8:17pm

The players are out. My apple is not finished.

8:15pm

Almost forgot to eat my fruit. Now trying to stuff a banana and an apple down before the third period starts.

8:02pm

END OF SECOND PERIOD - Basingstoke Bison 5 Guildford Flames 2

A period that really ebbed and flowed. The Flames looked beaten at 4-0 but the first goal woke them up and the Bison were on the back foot for a while. Melachrino's goal may be crucial in the final reckoning.

7:56pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 5 Guildford Flames 2 - Andy Melachrino (38:14)

That's a great individual goal. ANDY MELACHRINO picks up the puck on the left and beats a couple of men to take it behind the net before firing home from an acute angle. 

Tomas Karpov gets an assist - but that was all Melachrino, just as the powerplay came to an end.

7:54pm

PENALTY

The Bison get a powerplay when Branislav Kvertan gets a two-minute penalty at 36:13 after losing his helmet and playing on.

7:48pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 4 Guildford Flames 2 - David Longstaff (34:20)

It had got scrappy, and now it's not so comfortable for the hosts.

It's a scrappy goal as well, DAVID LONGSTAFF beating Dean Skinns from close range following an icing face-off. Branislav Kvertan and Milos Melicherik get the assists.

7:46pm

The Flames are back at the races, enjoying some pressure.

7:41pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 4 Guildford Flames 1 - Tom Duggan (29:41)

Guildford's heads seemed to have dropped and they were making mistakes all over the place - but that might lift them.

Two seconds before the powerplay ends, Rick Plant fires the puck across goal and TOM DUGGAN is in the slot to fire home. Paul Dixon also gets an assist.

7:40pm

PENALTY

The Bison lose Joe Miller to the sin-bin, two minutes for slashing at 27:43.

7:39pm

Close again for the Bison as Joe Baird hits the post. Cam Wynn also forced a save out of Lee.

7:38pm

Almost a fifth as Melachrino and Karpov combine to feed Wales, but he fires over. 

The Bison really have their visitors on the rack now. Shots flying in from everywhere.

7:34pm

The Flames have decided to replace Hadfield with Mark Lee between the sticks.

7:29pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 4 Guildford Flames 0 - Joe Greener (21:26)

That's a delightful finish. Zach Sullivan feeds the puck down the left channel and JOE GREENER, with his back to goal, flicks it between his legs and past James Hadfield in the Flames goal.

It had been a good start to the period for the hosts, with Connolly going close early on.

7:27pm

The second period is under way.

7:26pm

The players are out for the second period, before I can finish my pear. Schoolboy error.

7:23pm

After all that excitement, my fruit may have to wait until the second interval!

7:11pm

END OF FIRST PERIOD - Basingstoke Bison 3 Guildford Flames 0

Wow! Time to catch our breath. After a slow start, the game really kicked into life there and the Bison hold a very strong lead considering their defensive record here.

7:08pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 3 Guildford Flames 0 - Tomas Karpov (18:04)

That's three goals in 94 seconds! This time it's on the powerplay after Neil Liddiard went to the bin for tripping.

The Bison waste no time making the most of their man advantage, TOMAS KARPOV touching home from close range after a good pass from Joe Greener.

7:06pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 2 Guildford Flames 0 - Miroslav Vantroba (17:40)

MIROSLAV VANTROBA fires in from the blue line and the shot goes all the way through, doubling the Bison lead.

7:03pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Bison 1 Guildford Flames 0 - Joe Miller (16.30)

That one does count. Joe Greener pulls the puck back from behind the net and JOE MILLER is there to force it home from close range.

7:02pm

So close to the opening goal as Aaron Connolly's shot from the left wing hits the crossbar.

6:59pm

Another powerplay survived for the hosts.

6:57pm

PENALTY

The Bison lose Andrew Melachrino to the penalty box, two minutes of Flames powerplay at 11:08.

6:52pm

DISALLOWED GOAL

The Bison have the ball in the net but it's disallowed, Joe Miller adjudged to have kicked it in.

Great skill in the build-up, Miller nicking the puck past a defender and skating around him.

6:50pm

Another good Bison attack forces the Flames netminder to cover the puck after a scramble in front of the net.

6:48pm

A bit of pressure for the Bison but there's no end product and Guildford clear.

6:46pm

The Bison survive. Guildford had a couple of decent shots towards the end of the powerplay but Dean Skinns was equal to them.

6:44pm

PENALTY

The Bison bench are penalised for interference at 3:36 so Michael Wales will spend two minutes in the penalty box.

6:40pm

Not a lot of goalmouth action in the first two minutes.

6:37pm

KICK-OFF

Finally, we are under way. And the bloke along the row has just told me I don't smell!

6:32pm

Now, everyone stands for the arrival of the Bison and, of course, the national anthem.

6:31pm

This pre-match stuff does take ages. Finally, after the Countdown theme and some more shouting from the bloke on the microphone, here come the Flames.

6:29pm

The answer is yes, but the fruit may have to wait for the first interval as the referees are out on the ice.

Still waiting for the slightly crazy Welsh guy I was sat next to last time I was here to turn up. At the moment there are five seats between me and the nearest specator. Hope I don't smell.

6:24pm

Final preparations being done before the players take to the ice. Do I have time to eat my sandwiches?

6:15pm

Guildford currently sit top of the table, but the Bison are only four points behind them in third.

6:14pm

Good evening and welcome to live updates from the Basingstoke Arena, where the Basingstoke Bison are hosting local rivals the Guildford Flames in the English Premier League.

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