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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Swindon Wildcats v Basingstoke Bison
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- Final Score - Swindon Wildcats 3 Basingstoke Bison 1
- Goals from hometown Brits Lee Richardson and Aaron Nell give Swindon a two goal cushion after the first 20 minutes.
- Ryan Watt scores the only goal of the middle session to extend the Wildcats' lead.
- Stuart Mogg nets the lone goal of the final period past Martin Crisp after he replaces Stevie Lyle.
Basingstoke Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard said: "It was a disappointing defeat, but we hope to bounce back tomorrow."
As Sheffield beat Slough 7-3 tonight they will face Basingstoke in the play-off quarter-finals next week. The first leg being away on Saturday in Yorkshire on Saturday. The return is in Basingstoke on Sunday.
The other quarter-final ties are Manchester v Bracknell, Guildford v Telford and Milton Keynes v Swindon.
END OF THIRD PERIOD - Wildcats 3 Bison 1
Swindon take the win and the league series 4-2 as the Herd could not find a way past Lyle.
The victory clinched fifth spot for the Wildcats and will now play MK in the play-offs next weekend.
The Bison still have to wait to see if they face Sheffield or Bracknell as both sides are still playing at the moment.
GOAL - Wildcats 3 Bison 1 - Stuart Mogg (59:36)
Young Brit Mogg breaks the shut-out with a close range effort.
More bad news for the Bison is Michael Wales has been carried off the ice. Hope it is not as bad as it looks and he back for play-off weekend. It is a suspected broken ankle it is such a shame if it is true.
A disagrrement between both captains earns Chinn and Moore 10 minute misconduct penalties.
The Bison kill the double powerplay helped by a penalty on Lyle. Swindon then swap their goalies as Martin Crisp takes over from Lyle in the Swindon net at 53:57.
The Herd lose another forward Ciaran Long after he picks up a 2+2+10 for attempted butt ending so sits out the rest of the game.
Time running out now for the Bison, but it would be nice to get a goal.
The Bison get another powerplay and once again Stevie Lyle is equal to all that is thrown at him.
Swindon kill off an early powerplay on Smith as Rand goes close for the Bison.
Third period underway
END OF SECOND PERIOD - Wildcats 3 Bison 0
The Bison will go into the last 20 minutes looking to avoid their second shut-out of the season, but their first-ever at Swindon.
Lyle who had three straight shut-outs ahead of the win in Sheffield, will no doubt love to make it four in five games.
Bison kill off their first powerplay of the period after former Wildcat Joe Baird goes to the box.
Four-on-four hockey with five minutes left in the period as Floyd Taylor and Bison's Graham depart for slashing.
First powerplay of the second period gives the Bison to put some pressure on the Swindon goal, but they still can't find a way past Lyle.
GOAL - Wildcats 3 Bison 0 - Ryan Watt (26:43)
Former Bison Watt gives the Swindon Brit line a goal, with Sam Bullas and Sam Smith getting the assists.
Hoog and then Sandvik go close for the Wildcats.
Chances at both ends
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Wildcats 2 Bison 0
Swindon take a two goal advantage to the locker room, so it is going to be tough for the Herd now.
GOAL - Wildcats 2 Bison 0 - Aaron Nell (18:44)
Swindon's top Britsh forward Nell opens his account with a nice wrist shot. Let's hope he does not score a hat-trick like he did last time here against the Bison.
GOAL - Wildcats 1 Bison 0 - Lee Richardson (13:15)
Lee Richardson fires home to give Swindon the lead after nice work from Henri Sandvik.
Another Bison penalty this time on Miroslav Vantroba, but Skinns keeps the Wildcats out.
The Herd kill the first penalty of the night on Michael Wales as Swindon go close.
There is a break in play as Bison goalie Skinns needs treatment after he fell to the ice.
Panic over he is back up and ready to face the next shot.
Lyle keeps his old team out as Swindon kill the first powerplay of the night against Godfrey.
Game underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Stevie Lyle guards the pipes for the Wildcats.
Team news Swindon are at full strength so Bison will have to stop Aaron Nell, Jonas Hoog and Henry Sandvik.
The Bison are minus Joe Greener and Aaron Connolly this evening as they rest players ahead of the play-off weekend.
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Swindon are the in-form team in the English Premier League with five straight wins one of which was over the Bison home ice.
Their latest win was 4-3 in Sheffield on Wednesday night which pushed them up to fifth in the standings. A victory tonight will secure this place.
Welcome to tonight's game between Swindon Wildcats and Basingstoke Bison.
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