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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Sheffield Steeldogs
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- Score: Basingstoke Bison 5 Sheffield Steeldogs 4 (after penalty shots)
- Lubomir Korhon and Andrew Hirst have Sheffield 2-0 up, before Aaron Connolly pulls one back before the first break.
- Lee Haywood extends the Steeldogs lead, before Andy Melachrino keeps the Bison in touch at 3-2 at the end of the second period.
- Joe Greener ties the game and then Ben Mor gan gives Sheffield the lead again.
- Ciaran Long then scores the Bison's fourth and with no further scoring the game goes into overtime.
- This fails to split the teams, but penalty shots does as Joe Miller scores the winner.
Video reaction to follow
FINAL SCORE - Bison 5 Steeldogs 4 (after penalty shots)
Well deserved win for the Herd. A super game to end 2013.
Next up for the Bison is an away game at Guildford on New Year's Day, before league leaders Manchester make the trip to Basingstoke.
MILLER SCORES AND THE BISON WIN
Miller goes closest in overtime as the game stays 4-4 so it is onto penalty shots
END OF THIRD PERIOD - Bison 4 Steeldogs 4
Bison dominated final minutes.
Bison on top as the game goes into the final minute.
Into the final two minutes
GOAL Bison 4 Steeldogs 4 Ciaran Long (52:26)
Greener's blue line shot is redirected into the roof of the net on the powerplay after Chambers departs for stepping on the ice during an icing call.
Bison looking for an equaliser with nine minutes left.
GOAL Bison 3 Steeldogs 4 Ben Morgan (45:49)
Chinn returns to the ice and Morgan scores from blue line.
Chinn takes a penalty, but during the powerplay Payette should go for interference, but the refs glasses have glazed over.
GOAL Bison 3 Steeldogs 3 Joe Greener (43:18)
Payette departs to sin bin not before time and Greener from the blue line scores four seconds into the powerplay.
Bison have the better of the opening minutes.
Third period started
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 2 Steeldogs 3
Bison deserve to be level, so sets up a tense final 20 minutes.
On the buzzer Miller and Payette exchange a few words and as Payette is led away, he bumps into Connolly and exchanges a few words with Greener. No penalties of course
Steeldogs kill a powerplay
Bison on top at the moment just can't get the goal they deserve.
GOAL Bison 2 Steeldogs 3 Andy Melachrino (26:17)
A great set-up from Stuart Mogg, his first Bison point, sees Melachrino sweep home.
GOAL Bison 1 Steeldogs 3 Lee Haywood (21:42)
Haywood top corner strike from the blue line.
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 1 Steeldogs 2
Plenty of action and Bison will now have to re-group as they are are now without two of their top four defencemen. Sheffield must be favourites now, but the Herd are only one down so don't write them off.
Korhon breaks away short handed , but Skinns makes a save
GOAL - Bison 1 Steeldogs 2 Aaron Connolly (16:27)
Connolly with a great finish puts the Herd back into the game.
Vantroba breaks his stick with blue line shot and allows Korhon to break away. Vantroba without a stick slide tackles Korhon and ref Cloutman calls him for tripping which is a bad call. The defenceman is furious and Cloutman can now speak Slovak and dismisses him. The home fans show their displeasure with a chorus of boos. Could well be the worst call of the season in Basingstoke so far.
Bison on the powerplay and Karpov and Greener go close.
GOAL - Bison 0 Steeldogs 2 - Andrew Hirst (8:13)
Greg Chambers finds Hirst unmarked in front of the goal
Bison kill the first penalty off the game. Haywood forces a save from Skinns.
GOAL - Bison 0 Steeldogs 1 - Lubomir Korhon (1:03)
First shot of the game from Korhon.
The puck is dropped the game is underway.
The Bison will look to bounce back after a 7-5 loss in Swindon last night, while Sheffield won 5-4 at Coventry beating Milton Keynes Lightning.
Team news: Bison are minus injured Joe Rand and Kurt Reynolds, while Danny Ingoldsby is away at Great Britain under-18 trials.
Sheffield welcome back the league' s penalty king Andre Payette from suspension, so get ready for a penalty filled game.
Welcome to tonight's game between the Basingstoke Bison and Sheffield Steeldogs.
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