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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Sheffield Steeldogs
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- Score - Bison 4 Steeldogs 3
- Tom Squires opened the scoring for Sheffield, before a Joe Greener brace puts the Bison ahead by the first buzzer.
- Goals from Andre Payette and Steve Duncombe give Sheffield the lead.
- Two goals from Rand ensures the win.
Video reaction to follow
END OF THE GAME - Bison 4 Dogs 3
Bison take a deserved win to keep their title hopes alive and once again it is by one goal.
Sets up a title showdown in Manchester tomorrow night.
Greener just misses the empty net.
Reynolds penalty with 53.4 seconds left
Sheffield goalie gone with 77 seconds left
Payette skates round like a prat, but Chinn goes to the sin bin with Korhon - madness. Four on four hockey and Sheffield goes close.
GOAL Bison 4 Dogs 3 - Joe Rand (54:08)
Rand scores from close range on the powerplay.
Chambers punches Wales Pickett does not see from six inches Hogarth calls if from six foot away - priceless.
Vantroba and Baird go close on the powerplay, but Sheffield survive.
GOAL - Bison 3 Steeldogs 3 - Joe Rand (48:05)
Rand drive to the net as Bison get deserved goal.
Payette goes down if shot, but okay when no penalty is called.
Bison on top limiting Sheffield to breakaway chances.
Melachrino tips on a Chinn shot and Sedlar sticks away the shot.
Sheffield kill the penalty
Third period underway Bison on the powerplay.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 2 Dogs 3
Sheffield took the advantage to the dressing room, but the Bison have a 69 seconds of a powerplay left going into the last session.
Manchester have lost 2-0 in Swindon so would be great if the Bison could win tonight.
Vantroba from the blue line tests Sedlar as the Bison end the period on the powerplay.
GOAL - Bison 2 Steeldogs 3 - Steve Duncombe (36:35)
Duncombe blue line strike on the powerplay.
Rand goes close shorthanded as Vantroba departs for holding. the penalty is killed.
Greener goes close shorthanded as Ingoldsby departs for holding.
Bebris goes close shorthanded before Elliott returns for Sheffield.
GOAL - Bison 2 Dogs 2 - Andre Payette (22:40)
Payette out of the sin bin and scores.
Payette gets a penalty on his first shift of the second period after skates off with Wales' stick, but the powerplay is killed.
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 2 Steeldogs 1
As predicted a penalty filled first period. Payette could gave gone to the box nod every shift the refs have to stand up to them. Plenty of action still to come in this especially if the Bison extend their lead and Sheffield lose the plot.
Sheffield kill a penalty on Payette for roughing again.
GOAL - Bison 2 Steeldogs 1 - Joe Greener. (14:38)
Superb strike from Greener
A ruck by the Bison bench Payette is off with Greener two each for roughing.
Bison 1 Dogs 1 - Joe Greener (9:56)
Greener scores on the powerplay after Duncombe departs for high sticks.
GOAL - Bison 0 Dogs 1 - Tim Squires (7:23)
Squires scores after Carlon shot comes back off the backboard.
Bison kill the penalty
Refs have lost control in under five minutes. Baird is checked by the Sheffield bench and then knocks Morgan away. Baird is then jumped by Elliott in the Bison zone and Baird gets six minutes and Elliott 14 so Sheffield have a powerplay.
Karpov has a shot cleared off the line by Morgan as the penalty is killed.
First penalty of the night Morgan departs for roughing after 22 seconds. It will not be the last roughing penalty of the night.
Pickett decides to ignore Payette checking everyone off the play on first shift.
Game underway Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison, while Dalibor Sedlar guards the pipes for Sheffield.
The refs skate out and it's Pickett and Hogarth so we are in for a long night get ready for a penalty filled encounter. Just hope the Bison can get to the end of the game without any injuries, ahead of tomorrow's crunch game with the Manchester Phoenix.
Team news both teams at full strength just waiting to see who are the refs as this will determine how busy the sin bin is tonight.
After Wednesday's superb EPL Cup win, the Bison return to league action with a tough game against Sheffield.
The penalty kings of the league lost by a single goal on their last visit and it could well be just as close tonight.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's game between the Basingstoke Bison and Sheffield Steeldogs.