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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Swindon Wildcats
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- Basingstoke Bison 3 Swindon Wildcats 2
- Aaron Connolly opens the scores and then Aaron Nell levels it shorthanded by the end of the first period.
- Tomas Karpov makes it 2-1, before Sam Bullas equalises on the powerplay to leave things level at the second buzzer.
- Joe Greener scores the game winner in the final six minutes.
Video reaction to follow
FINAL SCORE - Bison 3 Wildcats 2
Bison deserved the win, but Wildcats ran them close. The Herd now travel to Bracknell tomorrow join us there for what is sure to be an action packed local derby.
Bison win the final draw and with it the game.
With 2.4 seconds left Swindon call a time-out
Swindon pull their goalie with 30 seconds left
Goal mouth scramble but Bison are unable to force the puck home.
GOAL - Bison 3 Wildcats 2 - Joe Greener (54:30)
Chinn puts the puck into the slot and Lyle loses it and Greener puts the puck in by the post.
Still no clear cut chances as the game has six minutes to go.
A great save from Skinns denys Sandvik
Game even at the moment looks set to go to overtime
The Herd kill the penalties
Doug Sheppard is back for the start of the third period with the Bison needing to kill off an early powerplay.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 2 Wildcats 2
Somehow, the Bison are level after dominating for most of the 20 minutes.
The Bison pick up another penalty after Baird goes for a rebound and this gives the Wildcats a 4-on-3 powerplay at the start of the final period.
Bison pressure the net, but are unable to find a way through and the penalty is killed as Wales departs for tripping.
Hoog is dismissed as he sends Sheppard into the boards and he is helped off to the dressing room. Hoog receives match for checking from behind and the Herd have a five minute powerplay.
Swindon right back in this game end-to-end.
Sandvik scores for Swindon, but the goal is washed out as the net is off its moorings
GOAL - Bison 2 Wildcats 2 - Sam Bullas (30:41)
Bullas scores his own rebound on the powerplay
All Bison at the moment deserve another goal.
Good pressure for the Bison on a powerplay and just fail to score.
GOAL - Bison 2 Wildcats 1 - Tomas Karpov (21:30)
A big error from Lyle and Karpov pops the puck in
Second period is underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 1 Wildcats 1
Bison were the better team, but Swindon made the most of their chances and are always going to be dangerous.
Hoog is found with a long pass, but Skinns makes the save.
Rand's deflected effort is held on by Lyle
Bison kill their first penalty of the night
GOAL - Bison 1 Wildcats 1 - Aaron Nell (14:36)
Nice breakaway shorthanded goal as Hoog feeds Nell.
Harding tests Skinns in an even game so far
Wales close in, but Lyle makes an excellent save
Good Swindon pressure but Skinns keeps them out
GOAL - Bison 1 Wildcats 0 - Aaron Connolly (2:38)
First powerplay of the night and Connolly with a great wrist shot .
The game is underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Stevie Lyle guards the pipes for Swindon.
Bison form a guard of honour for Joe Baird who reached 500 EPL games last Sunday. There is a presentation to the popular defenceman and he is cheered on by both sets of fans.
A tough test for the Bison tonight against a high powered offence led by Jonas Hoog and Aaron Nell. They lead the series 2-1 over the Herd, having won the last meeting.
Team news Bison minus Andy Melachrino and Danny Ingoldsby.
Swindon rest fifth import Tomas Fojtik and former Bison boss Ryan Aldridge is not icing and behind the bench.
Welcome to tonight's game between the Basingstoke Bison and Swindon Wildcats.