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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Milton Keynes Lightning
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- Score - Bison 3 MK 4 agg 7-5
- The Bison get off to a dream start as Aaron Connolly scores with the first shot after 40 seconds. Tomas Karpov doubles the advantage on the powerplay.
- Goals from Leigh Jamieson and Adam Carr tie the game 2-2 by the end of the second period.
- Stanislav Lascek and Jamieson sets up a tense finish until Andy Melachrino scores for the Bison.
Video reaction to follow
Tense night but in the end it turned out okay.
Bison now picking up their winners medals and the cup
BISON WIN THE EPL CUP 7-5 on aggregate
One minute left
Final two minutes.
GOAL - Bison 3 MK 4 - Andy Melachrino (56:24)
Melachrino scores as touches a Reynolds blue liner on the powerplay.
MK take a penalty as McPherson departs for high sticks at 56:08.
5:25 left MK still the better team.
GOAL - Bison 2 MK 4 - Leigh Jamieson (52:12)
Jamieson from long range makes it 6-5 on aggregate.
8:51 left on the clock MK have a four-on-three as Reynolds takes a very tame holding penalty after Carr departs for holding.
Bison lose their import defenceman Miroslav Vantroba on tripping minor and a 10 minute misconduct.
Both sets of fans in a 1,300 crowd cheering their teams on.
Rand goes close for the Bison and then Lascek forces a save with 12 minutes left.
Zatopek shots into the chest of Skinns all MK at the moment.
GOAL - Bison 2 MK 3 - Stanislav Lascek (43:56)
Lascek fires over Skinns from Blaz Emersic.
MK get the first powerplay as Joe Baird takes a hooking penalty at 43:20.
The final period underway the longest 20 minutes of the season about to start.
END OF SECOND PERIOD - Bison 2 MK 2
Helped by three quick powerplays MK pull themselves back into the game. The Herd still lead by three and MK have only won once by more than three goals in 33 visits to Basingstoke and now only have 20 minutes to level.
It remains to be seen if Coach Nick Poole reduces his forward lines in the final period to just two sets of three.
GOAL - Bison 2 MK 2 - Adam Carr (37:58)
Carr scores from close range
Into the last five minutes of the second period MK on top at the moment.
Skinns makes another super stop from Farn's blue line blast.
Skinns makes another great save to deny Carr from a lovely feed from Lascek.
Melachrino forces a pad save from Wall.
Karpov goes close on the powerplay as Jamieson is binned and MK kill the powerplay.
GOAL - Bison 2 MK 1 - Leigh Jamieson (27:02)
Third time lucky on the powerplay as Jamieson taps in Ross Green's rebound.
Long and Wales swap places in the sin bin as MK get another powerplay.
Bison kill one penalty and now have another to kill.
Early MK powerplay with Baird in the bin Long goes close shorthanded.
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 2 MK 0
A dream start for the Bison as the lead overall moves onto 6-1 on aggregate. MK are playing some nice stuff, but at the moment can't find the net.
A great pass from Adam Carr sees Grant McPherson shot saved by Skinns.
Great save from Skinns to deny Stanislav Lascek from the slot.
Bison kill their first penalty of the night on Long.
GOAL - Bison 2 MK 0 - Tomas Karpov (11:44)
Karpov tips home Miroslav Vantroba blue liner on the powerplay as Jordan Cownie sits out a holding penalty.
Skinns makes his first save from Jamieson.
Bison looking good at the moment Wall keeping them in the game.
Chinn is in on net which comes off.
MK kill the first penalty of the game on Russell as the Bison go close.
Wall drops a shot from Sheppard.
GOAl - Bison 1 MK 0 - Aaron Connolly (0:40)
A dream start first shot from Connolly from the left wing hits the net.
Game underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Stephen Wall is between the pipes for MK.
A big crowd in tonight making plenty of noise as the Bison come out onto the ice led by Dean Skinns
The Bison lead 4-1 from the first leg and are minus defenceman Matt Selby tonight, while MK have a full roster.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's second leg of the EPL Cup final as the Basingstoke Bison take on the Milton Keynes Lightning.
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