This live event has finished
- Score: Basingstoke Bison 5 Manchester Phoenix 2
- Andy Melachrino scores the only goal of the first period.
- The Bison add three more goals in the second session, thanks to Aaron Connolly, Joe Rand and Tomas Karpov.
- Jaroslav Cesky opens Manchester's account and Roman Kovar adds a second, before Karpov makes it 5-2.
Video Reaction to follow
Next up for the Bison is a trip to Telford tomorrow and they are the visitors next Saturday.
FINAL SCORE - Bison 5 Phoenix 2
A well deserved win for the Bison puts them two points clear at the top.
Carl Graham is dismissed for high sticks after he catches Liam Chong in the face. So Manchester will end the game on the powerplay. Chong returns for the final shift of the game so the penalty is downgraded from a match to a game.
GOAL - Bison 5 Phoenix 2 - Tomas Karpov (52:23)
A lovely back heel from Long sends Karpov on his way to score.
A Kovar bullet crashes off the helmet of Skinns sending the goalie to the ice.
After treatment he can continue with Manchester on the powerplay.
GOAL - Bison 4 Phoenix 2 - Roman Kovar (49:00)
Kovar scores from close range.
More even session. Phoenix more lively after their goal.
GOAL - Bison 4 Phoenix 1 - Jaroslav Cesky (42:36)
Former Bison Cesky touches home a Kovar shot just as a penalty on Doug Sheppard runs out.
Puck drops final 20 minutes starts
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 4 Phoenix 0
The Bison in control now and looking set to remain top of the EPL.
Bison kill their first penalty of the night and Rand has a breakaway short handed, but it is saved.
Good Bison pressure, but the Phoenix penalty kill does it's job.
GOAL - Bison 4 Phoenix 0 - Tomas Karpov (30:04)
A great cross by Joe Greener is hammered home by Karpov.
GOAL - Bison 3 Phoenix 0 - Joe Rand (28:22)
Long's shot hits the post and Rand pokes in the powerplay goal.
GOAL - Bison 2 Phoenix 0 - Aaron Connolly (25:59)
Connolly fires in from the slot as the Bison make the most of their second powerplay of the night.
Manchester have the better of the first few minutes of the second period, but Skinns makes the saves.
Puck drops for the start of the second period.
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 1 Phoenix 0
The Herd on top for the session deserved to be more than one goal up. Rookie goalie Maudsley is doing well, while Manchester look dangerous on the counter attack.
Sheppard forces another save as the Herd keep the pressure up.
Bison dominating at the moment.
Karpov hits the post as Manchester kill the first penalty of the game.
GOAL - Bison 1 Phoenix 0 - Andy Melachrino (4:03)
Good pressure pays off as Andy Melachrino scores at the second attempt.
The puck is dropped the game is underway.
The EPL leaders the Basingstoke Bison are minus injured Kurt Reynolds.
Second placed Manchester are without starting netminder Stephen Fone he misses the trip due to a virus. So Paul Maudsley gets his first EPL start.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's top-of-the-table clash.