THE Basingstoke Bison chalked up their third win of the season at the Hive as once again the Herd proved too good for the Bracknell Bess beating them 7-4.

The Bison had expected to be without suspended Michal Klejna, but the league rightfully quashed his match penalty from the previous night.

The Slovak on his first shift helped the visitors get off to a great start as found Sean Norris who netted from close range at 1:23.

Just a minute later and the Bison doubled their advantage thanks to Sam Talbot as he netted his own rebound.

The home side hauled themselves back into the contest thanks to former Bison man Roman Malinik.

The Bees came looking for an equaliser and Josh Smith broke away, but a great poke check from Ollie Stone took the puck off his stick and seconds later Talbot was released at the other end of the rink and made no mistake to make it 3-1.

The second session was only 43 seconds old when Elliott Dewey was penalised for tripping Dominic Gabaj.

However, it was the visitors who scored shorthanded as Ashley Tait fired the puck over the glove of Danny Milton and then Adam Harding also went close.

Dewey was then sent to the sin bin again at 26:05, but this time the Bees made the man advantage pay as Josh Ealey-Newman netted.

However, the Bison were to extend their lead to 6-2 by the second buzzer as Richard Bordowski and Harding both scored on the powerplay.

The final session saw the Bees back on the powerplay and for the second time during the game they were stung by a shorthanded strike, this time from Klejna.

The home side then added some respectability to the scoreline as Aidan Doughty and Gabaj netted twice in 58 seconds.

However, that was a close as they got and Tait had one last chance shorthanded in the final minute, but the game finished 7-4.

This weekend, the Bison have no home game, but on Sunday travel to Romford to take on the Raiders.

Bison man of the match was George Norcliffe.