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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Bracknell Bees
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- Score - Basingstoke Bison 1 Bracknell Bees 0
- The only goal of the game is scored by Joe Miller on the powerplay at 29:31.
- Dean Skinns records a 21 shot shut-out his third shut-out of the season.
REACTION - Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard said: "I am delighted with the win and the defence along with Dean Skinns played really well."
Video reaction to follow tomorrow.
Sets up a great return in Bracknell tomorrow night.
FINAL SCORE - Bison 1 Bees 0
Deserved win for the Bison should have been by more than one goal.
The goalie departs but the Bees are unable to deny Dean Skinns his third shut-out of the season.
Bees time-out with 61 seconds their goalie is about to depart.
Long goes closes as the game goes into the final two minutes.
Bison kill the penalties as the noise level increases in a packed arena.
Strycek goes down and this time there is a penalty on Chinn to give the Bees a two man advantage. Chinn also picks up a 10 minute penalty.
Cloutman finds his eyes and no surprise the Bison takes a penalty after three times Herd players have been left on the ice injured.
Sheppard tests Mettam and then Rounding forces a save from Skinns.
Greener takes a 10 minute penalty after words are exchanged at the Bees bench following a high elbow on Karpov.
Bison open the final period the better as Long tests Mettam and Miller forces another save.
Third period gets underway
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 1 Bees 0
One powerplay goal splits the teams, looks set to be a full blooded last 20 minutes and don't rule out penalty shots again.
Sheppard fires over from Miller and then Baird is denied by the pads of Mettam as the Bees kill off penalty.
Galazzi departs to the sin bin and is not too happy and the ref decides to ignore his words of wisdom.
Chinn sets up Greener great save from Mettam.
Great penalty kill for the Bees on a 5-on-3. Bison camped round Bees goal.
GOAL - Bison 1 Bees 0 - Miller (29:31)
Miller touches home a Sullivan blue line shot on the powerplay.
Baird fires into the gut of Mettam as Smital takes a penalty.
Sullivan's blue line blast is kicked wide by Mettam in an even session so far.
Three-on-one break for Bees and Thompson decides to shoot instead of pass.
Bison kill the penalty as Skinns makes one great catch to deny Bronnimann.
Massive appeal from the Bees bench and Sheppard returns to the sin bin only seconds after coming out. This has to be the first time this has happened in his career in Britain.
Second period underway with the Bees still having 29 seconds of the Sheppard penalty remaining.
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 0 Bees 0
No goals but the Bison had the upper hand and certainly dished out the hits. Long looked very lively on his return to the Herd.
The home side have to play their own game and not get dragged into the Bees style of play, which allows them more space to play in.
Bees on the powerplay as Doug Sheppard takes a seat in the sin bin.
The Bees kill the penalty, but Spearing is bound to be in the box later.
Bison back on the powerplay after Spearing loses the plot goes after Reynolds manages just to get hold of his shirt.
Bison powerplay comes to an end as Karpov takes a high sticks penalty on Bendik. Before this Sheppard and Greener test Mettam.
Mogg forces a save as the young Bison Brit line get a shift.
Bees have chances from Foord and then Rounding
Wales on the turn forces Mettam into a save as the Herd look to take control.
Bison kill the first powerplay of the night as the Bees offer very little.
Long goes close for the. Bison
The game is underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Alex Mettam guarding the pipes for the Bees.
Team news - Bison have Ciaran Long back in the line-up after signing from Slough. The Herd without Joe Rand and Carl Graham.
The Bees are minus former Bison players Chris Wiggins and Tony Redmond.
So even at three imports each.
The first of a double header weekend of action between these local rivals.
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