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MATCHNIGHT LIVE - Basingstoke Bison v Milton Keynes Lightning
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- Score - Bison 4 Lightning 1
- Bison's Andy Melachrino scored the only goal of the first period.
- Goals from Ciaran Long and Joe Rand make it 3-0 after 40 minutes.
- Tom Carlon opens MK's account and then Long nets the Herd's fourth.
Video reaction to follow
END OF THE GAME - Bison 4 Lightning 1
Bison end their league campaign with a nice win. The same again will do nicely against Sheffield in the play-offs.
MK kill a penalty on Carlon
GOAL - Bison 4 MK 1 - Ciaran Long (50:03)
Long with a blue line bullet.
Sheppard ends up in the net as Jokila departs to kill a Graham penalty.
GOAL - Bison 3 MK 1 - Tom Carlon (44:51)
Carlon fires home from nice drop pass from Lascek.
Chances at both ends
Third period underway.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD - Bison 3 MK 0
Bison had the upper hand and are good value for their lead.
GOAL - Bison 3 MK 0 - Joe Rand (34:56)
Rand nets his own rebound after nice move.
Rand from close in forces Wall to save.
Bison kill a Graham penalty as Jokila tests Skinns.
GOAL - Bison 2 Lightning 0 - Ciaran Long (24:22)
Long scores from close range.
A Graham blue line blast goes just wide.
MK kill the penalty at the start of the second period.
Second period underway
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD - Bison 1 Lightning 0
The Herd have the better of the opening 20 minutes and deserve their lead. The Bison will start the second period with 74 seconds of a powerplay thanks to a Zatopek penalty.
Bison kill an Ingoldsby penalty as Lascek is denied by the pads of Skinns and Rand nearly scores shorthanded.
Karpov goes close twice.
Both sides have chances, but back to five each now.
Four-on-four hockey as Baird and Jokila depart for roughing - a little bit of face washing.
Rand forces Wall to make a couple of saves.
GOAL - Bison 1 MK 0 - Andy Melachrino (6:43)
Melachrino puts away Karpov's rebound.
MK kill the first penalty of the night and so far there has been few chances.
The game underway with Dean Skinns in goal for the Bison and Stephen Wall guards the pipes for MK.
Team news Bison are minus Joe Greener, Michael Wales and Matt Selby. MK are without Adam Carr.
MK have won on their last two visits, but tonight is a dead rubber and the Herd will be determined to finish with a win on home ice.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's game between the Basingstoke Bison and Milton Keynes Lightning.
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