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- Final Score - Basingstoke Bison 8 Guildford Flames 3
- Dean Holland opens the scoring after 62 seconds, but the Bison level on the powerplay from Joe Rand.
- Guildford make it 2-1 on the powerplay from Branislav Kvetan and once again the Herd equalise from Ciaran Long.
- The Bison win the second period 2-0 as Joe Rand scored on the powerplay and Doug Sheppard added the fourth.
- A superb final periods sees The Herd hit four as Karpov gets the first two, followed by Long and Rand.
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FINAL SCORE - Bison 8 Flames 3
A superb first leg victory for the Bison. can I say I think the Flames are out. They certainly have a lot to do in the second leg next Wednesday.
Next live updates on Saturday when the Bison face Milton Keynes.
GOAL - Bison 8 Flames 3 - Martin Opatovsky (59:47)
The new Guildford import scores on his debut from close range.
Skinns makes an excellent save from Campbell close in.
GOAL - Bison 8 Flames 2 - Joe Rand (54:32)
Rand with his hat-trick goal after a superb pass from Sheppard.
Straight after Kohut talks out if turn and picks up 10 minute misconduct penalty.
Fight by the home bench Wales puts down Nicky Watt and both pick up four minutes for roughing.
GOAL - Bison 7 Flames 2 - Ciaran Long (51:16)
Long with a superb strike from the left wing. Guildford swap goalies as Hadfield takes over.
Bison still looking for goal number seven.
Guildford call a time-out to try and stop the rot.
GOAL - Bison 6 Flames 2 - Tomas Karpov (47:20)
Karpov scores from behind the net and it deflects in off Neil Liddiard.
A Flames powerplay is killed off by a Skene penalty.
GOAL - Bison 5 Flames 2 - Tomas Karpov (41:29)
Karpov with a lovely finish from Wales and Reynolds.
Flames Potts goes down by the benches and is helped off the ice in the first minute.
Third period starts
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 4 Flames 2
Bison make the most of a two man advantage to take the lead and then add another. Guildford will be looking to get this back to a one goal game, but the Herd are good value for their lead.
GOAL - Bison 4 Flames 2 - Doug Sheppard (36:57)
Sheppard scores with a nice wrist shot from the slot.
GOAL - Bison 3 Flames 2 - Joe Rand (32:02)
Karpov's blue line shot is touched home by Rand.
Bison on a double powerplay as Potts departs for hooking and Lundin for 2+2+10 for butt ending.
Hemings shoots into the stomach of Skinns after 28 minutes.
Vantroba shot crashes against the post as Bison nearly take the lead.
Even opening to the second session.
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 2 Flames 2
Two great strikes from the Flames as they edged opening 20 minutes, but the Bison have had their chances as well.
GOAL - Bison 2.Flames 2 - Ciaran Long (3:42)
Nice breakaway from Joe Greener feeds Long to score with a low shot.
The Bison kill the penalty as Skinns catches a Savage blue liner.
Flames kill a powerplay as Skene takes a 2+10 for checking from behind and then Chinn departs for high sticks so Flames now on the powerplay.
GOAL - Bison 1 Flames 2 - Branislav Kvetan (8:00)
Kvetan with a blue line blast scored on the powerplay as Kurt Reynolds sits out a slashing penalty.
GOAL - Bison 1 Flames 1 - Joe Rand (3:39)
Rand touches in at the far post on a double powerplay with Longstaff and Watt in the sin bin.
GOAL - Bison 0 Flames 1 - Dean Holland (1:58)
Holland crashed in a shot into the roof of the net.
The game is underway with Dean Skinns in net for the Bison, while Mark Lee guards the pipes for the Flames.
So tonight is the first leg of the EPL Cup semi-final and Guildford have won the trophy for the past two seasons. The Bison made the last four last year and went out on a penalty shoot-out to Slough. This semi-final should be as close.
The Flames have their new import Martin Opatovsky making his debut tonight. So Milos Melicherik is rested and top Brit Tom Duggan is missing due to injury.
The Bison have Matt Selby making his return to the Herd having signed on a two-way deal from the Coventry Blaze. The team look good in their cup shirts they are the same design as the jerseys of the first season so brings back plenty of memories of 25 years ago.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's EPL Cup semi-final first leg between the Basingstoke Bison and Guildford Flames.