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- Final Score - Basingstoke Bison 5 Peterborough Phantoms 4
- Three goals in the first four minutes by Peterborough from Eric Piatak, Darius Pliskauskas and Marcel Petran. The Herd replied from Tomas Karpov and Ciaran Long to reduce the lead to one goal by the first buzzer.
- Two goals in the opening 51 seconds from Karpov and Joe Rand makes it 4-3, before Marc Levers level things again by the end of the second period.
- Karpov's hat-trick strike wins the game as Dean Skinns saves a penalty shot in the final minute from Pliskauskas.
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Final score - Bison 5 Phantoms 4
The Bison return to the top of the EPL and Peterborough's awful record in Basingstoke continues just three wins in 27 visits and now six straight losses.
An entertaining game for the 1,200 plus crowd to enjoy.
PENALTY SHOT SAVED Pliskauskas shot is saved by Skinns with 25.6 seconds left
Rand is adjudged to have taken the net which is stopped this time. As it is in the final two minutes of the game a penalty shot is awarded.
Phantoms pull goalie with 47 seconds left.
Peterborough call a time out with 1:58 left is the goalie about to go. No not yet
Tense finish coming up as Phantoms hunt an equaliser as we go into the last three minutes and they have a powerplay
Bison kill a penalty on Karpov with Skinns making some good saves
GOAL - Bison 5 Phantoms 4 - Tomas Karpov (49:42)
Karpov nice wrist shot on the powerplay completes his hat-trick
Bison having the better chances, but cannot get the go-ahead goal
Even opening five minutes
Third period starts
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 4 Phantoms 4
Bison level the game by winning the period so all to play for now.
The Herd are the better team so hopefully they can finish the job off.
One point will send the Bison back to the top of the English Premier League.
Netminder Jarina takes the net off with back foot as Melachrino is about to shoot. Referee Tim Pickett only six foot away so how misses the call is beyond belief.
Long close in but Jarina makes the save
GOAL - Bison 4 Phantoms 4 - Marc Levers (32:38)
Levers scores from close in on the powerplay
Karpov looking for his hat-trick forces another save
Bison go close on their first powerplay of the period
GOAL - Bison 4 Phantoms 3 - Joe Rand (20:51)
Rand fires in from the right wing
GOAL - Bison 3 Phantoms 3 - Tomas Karpov (20:38)
Karpov fires in from left wing
Second period starts
END OF FIRST PERIOD - Bison 2 Phantoms 3
strange opening 20 minutes after Phantoms scored twice in opening minute. The Bison were even more shell shocked when they went three down, but are back in the game now as they only trail by one.
However, the Phantoms star men have already shown what they can do so the Herd defence has to be strong for the next 40 minutes.
GOAL - Bison 2 Phantoms 3 - Ciaran Long (19:51)
Long scores from close range as the big scoring line in recent weeks is reunited.
Skinns makes a great save to deny Pliskauskas from close range as the Herd fail to score on their next powerplay.
GOAL - Bison 1 Phantoms 3 - Tomas Karpov (8:07)
Powerplay goal for the Bison
GOAL - Bison 0 Phantoms 3 - Marcel Petran (3:19)
Petran blue liner on the powerplay
GOAL - Bison 0 Phantoms 2 - Darius Pliskauskas (51 seconds)
Bison fail to clear the puck and Pliskauskas scores
GOAL - Bison 0 Phantoms 1 - Eric Piatak (38 seconds)
Piatak scores from the slot unmarked
The puck is dropped the game is underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Kamil Jarina guarding the pipes for Peterborough.
Team news - The Bison are minus Kurt Reynolds and Danny Ingoldsby both injured.
Peterborough give a debut to their import netminder Kamil Jarina. He joined the Phantoms from Slough and faced the Bison in his debut game for the Jets and conceded three early goals.
The Bison are looking to snap a three game losing streak tonight and have beaten the Phantoms on their last two visits to Basingstoke.
Peterborough even if they are bottom of the table, they picked up three points last weekend against the Herd's title rivals the Guildford Flames.
Welcome to this evening's game between the Basingstoke Bison and the Peterborough Phantoms.
Fingers and toes still a bit numb after an afternoon at Down Grange watching the rugby boys sadly lose. So hope it is not too cold in here tonight - just forgot it is a ice rink!