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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Manchester Phoenix
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- Final Score - Basingstoke Bison 5 Manchester Phoenix 1
- Goals from Joe Greener and Andy Melachrino give the Bison a 2-0 lead at the first break.
- Further goals from Melachrino, Nicky Chinn, Tomas Karpov makes it 5-0, before Frankie Bakrlik opens Manchester's account.
- There were no goals in final period as the Herd take the win.
Video reaction to follow
END OF THE GAME - Bison 5 Phoenix 1
A great win as the Herd extend their lead at the top of the league to four points. Dean Skinns has a superb game in goal as the Phoenix hot shots. No game tomorrow next up is Slough at home on Saturday so join us again.
Corson-Heron in close, but Skinns makes the save.
Bison kill a penalty as the game goes into the final three minutes.
Manchester get away with icing too many imports missed by all the officials.
A great save from Skinns stops Psurny as Bison kill another penalty.
Bison kill a penalty and they have another one to kill now.
Rand and Connolly go close for the Bison.
The last period is underway as the Bison look to close this game out.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 5 Phoenix 1
A super period from the home side and no doubt Tony Hand will now reduce the bench and just play two lines as he looks to get this back.
Long robs Schnabel, but Fone denies him close in.
GOAL - Bison 5 Phoenix 1 - Frankie Bakrlik (35:46)
Bakrlik scored as the team play four-on-four after Rand goes to the box.
Another great save from Skinns to deny Kovar
Bison now have a six minute penalty as McKinney takes a double roughing minor to go with another minor penalty.
Goal - Bison 5 Phoenix 0 - Tomas Karpov (29:17)
A great breakaway strike from Karpov and Manchester call a time-out.
Goal - Bison 4 Phoenix 0 - Nicky Chinn (28:49)
Chinn starts the move and finishes it.
GOAL - Bison 3 Phoenix 0 - Andy Melachrino (24:11)
Great spade work from Karpov leaves Melachrino with an easy tap in.
Long shot is blocked in front by a Phoenix player.
Archer tests Skinns with a couple of shots.
Second period underway
END OF FIRST PERIOD - Bison 2 Phoenix 0
Manchester edged the period until they gave-up two goals in 16 seconds which gave the Bison a nice lead at the first break.
GOAL - Bison 2 Phoenix 0 - Andy Melachrino (16:49)
Just 16 seconds later and Melachrino fires home.
GOAL - Bison 1 Phoenix 0 - Joe Greener (16:23)
Greener puts away Chinn's rebound.
Skinns with one of the best saves of the season as Hand is denied at the back post on a powerplay which the Herd kill.
Neil forces a save from Skinns
Chances at both ends in this high tempo game.
Manchester kill the first penalty of the night in what has been an even opening.
The game is underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Steve Fone guards the pipes for the Phoenix.
It has been home rule all the way in this series so far with the sides locked at 2-2 so far. The Herd will hope to continue this and open up four points gap at the top. They face the high powered offence of Manchester with Michael Psurny, Frankie Bakrlik, Robin Kovar, James Archer and Tony Hand. So it is going to be a tough one, but after their penalty shoot-out in Sheffield the Bison will be ready.
Team news sees the Bison minus Cam Wynn and Danny Ingoldsby, while Manchester are without Liam Chong.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's top-of-the-table clash between the new leaders the Basingstoke Bison and second placed Manchester Phoenix.