ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Bracknell Bees v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 4:48pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
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- Bracknell Bees 1-2 Swindon Wildcats (after penalty shots)
- Silvander and Pekkarinen score in sudden death for Swindon
- Lyle saves both penalties as Cats win shootout 2-0
- Swindon enjoy four-point weekend in double-header with Berkshire side
- Link Centre outfit did not beat the Bees in six attempts last season
- Tweet using #wildcatslive to get your comments on this liveblog
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Right. Time to dissect what just happened with the Wildcats boys. All their reaction and a full match report will be in tomorrow's Swindon Advertiser.
Man of the match for Swindon is Stevie Lyle, which I imagine you already guessed. He saved 52 shots out of 53 if you include the shootout.
Lyle saves the second penalty from Thompson and Swindon have secured an unbelievable two points on the road. Those boys will be buzzing right now.
Pekkarinen flicks the puck to Annetts' left and into the net. It's 2-0. Remarkable.
Tvrdek fires wide!
Silvander scores through a chorus of boos.
COME ON SMITHY! Brilliant goal son. Nice one @nedpayne1 #wildcatslive— @stripes 13 October 2013
Swindon will be absolutely delighted with that.
PENALTY ON BEES
Smital called for cross-checking with seven seconds left.
One minute to go.
Smital sends a screamer a yard wide of Lyle's left post.
Just over two minutes left.
I have to say, Bracknell will kick themselves if they don't win this. They were 48-23 up on shots in regular time.
Cats back to full strength.
GOAL! Bracknell 1 Wildcats 1, 59.25
Utter madness. Just 35 seconds left and Smith has taken it to overtime. What a finale! Can the visitors perform a smash 'n' grab here?
THEY'VE DONE IT!
Smith brings a smart save out of Annetts on the angle.
We are four on four.
PENALTY ON CATS
Would you believe it? Too many men. Again. Pekkarinen slams his stick against the ice in frustration.
One. Minute. Left.
Cats call a time out.
Cats will be a man up in a matter of seconds.
PENALTY ON BEES
Thompson called for holding. This is mad.
Superb work by Lyle on his front.
BEES DOUBLE POWERPLAY
Godfrey called for checking from behind.
Gulp. It was a violation at the face-off by Harding but surely if the man in black and white had actually dropped it rather than waiting an eternity?
Four minutes left. How are your nails?
Sam Godfrey gets a crucial stick in with Bronnimann homing in on goal. It's enough. Great defence.
Puck fizzes out of the rink. No one hurt. And trust me, that definitely would have hurt.
Six minutes to go. Increasingly frantic.
Lyle shows a lightning left hand to stretch for Lamey's wristshot. He really is a classy operator.
Just over eight minutes left. Swindon much more in this now.
Aku Pekkarinen blocks Spearing's attempted pass into the slot. Crucial intervention. Could well have been a goal.
Annetts not really stretched.
Spearing gets two minutes for slashing.
Lyle saves with the glove from Strycek and then does magnificently to keep out Spearing from point-blank range. Stunning.
Aldridge called. Hooking.
Cats are frustrated.
Bracknell might be short-handed but they are still having a darn good go at scoring.
Spearing gets two minutes for cross-checking. A hugely popular man amongst the Swindon fans. Not.
Defensive calamity nearly allows Rob Lamey to score.
Still an edge to this game.
Tvrdek tries to sneak round the back but Lyle smuggles the puck to safety.
Battle. Battle. Battle.
Skipper Shane Moore intervenes to deny Bees' Shaun Thompson a clear run at Lyle.
START OF THE THIRD PERIOD
Here we go then. Twenty big minutes for Cats, this is right there for them. Got to go for it now.
The players are waiting patiently to come back out.
We've had just the one goal so far, which basically means there will be at least eight in this final period. Trust me.
Some eight minutes until we get under way again. Thoughts please #wildcatslive
Out comes the zamboni. On previous form this will be a 25-minute job.
Shots on goal in period two were 18 by the Bees and 11 by Cats. That takes Bracknell to 38 total while Swindon have managed just 17.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD
Bracknell still lead 1-0. Better defence from Swindon in period two. Very slightly better in the offensive zone. Still surprising that the away side are only a goal behind. Smith gets right into Strycek on the buzzer. Punches exchanged.
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Decent low save Lyle from Shaun Thompson. Silvander skids an effort at Annetts that the Bees man saves with the pad.
No joy for Cats.
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Five minutes left of period two.
Too many men for the Bees.
Not for long...
FIVE ON FIVE
Bees back to the full five.
Hoog gets past Strycek and sees his shot saved by Annetts. Strycek seems a bit annoyed and takes out his frustration on Aldridge with one of the weakest punches you'll ever see in an ice rink. Weird.
Lyle called into action again. Frantic stuff.
FOUR ON FOUR
Now the Bees have been reduced to four. Oakford called for tripping.
Too many men. Swindon get caught for this far too often.
Silvander and Bullas both shoot wide within a matter of seconds. Definitely a few more gaps appearing now.
FIVE ON FIVE
Both sides back to full strength. Smith fires a slapshot that Annetts saves with his left pad.
FOUR ON FOUR
There's a pile-up in the corner and Spearing gets a 2+10 for checking from behind. Symonds is slapped with a roughing penalty.
Adam Harding and Alex Symonds break through two on one. Harding elects to shoot and the puck flies high and wide to the right. Big chance gone.
Some 12 minutes left of the second period.
Silvander tries to force his way down the right and gets squashed by Jan Bendik.
Cats back to full strength now of course.
GOAL! Bracknell 1-0 Wildcats, 24.07, PP
Sam Oakford cuts in off the left wing and fires at Lyle's near post. Lyle can't gather with the glove and Ollie Bronnimann has a couple of bites at the cherry, beating the former Basingstoke man at the second attempt.
Two minutes for Bullas for hooking.
Hoog goes close in the opening seconds. That's more like it.
START OF THE SECOND PERIOD
We have resumed at the Hive.
The Cats players are back out. I reckon head coach Ryan Aldridge more than likely read the riot act in the locker room. The first period was not good enough.
Just over five minutes before we resume.
Well, one thing's for sure, if Swindon continue as they have done in periods two and three, they will not win this game. Very fortunate to be level.
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Shots on goal in the first period were 20 for the Bees and six for the Cats. Gulp.
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD
That wasn't great viewing for Cats fans. Bracknell dominated the period and should be ahead. Not enough shots by Swindon. Nowhere near enough. Lyle saves well from Tvrdek with his glove on the buzzer.
Rather predictably, Lukas Smital is causing problems down the right lane. This time Lyle is equal to it.
Jonas Hoog breaks down the left and cuts back beautifully before trying to play in Sam Bullas in the slot. The puck is intercepted and the chance is gone.
Another effort from Strycek is grabbed by Lyle.
There are four minutes left to the first period.
We're even again.
Pavel Strycek pings a low shot that Lyle pads away.
Lovely save from Lyle and then a solid one soon after.
Two minutes for Sam Smith for tripping.
Hoog gets into a one-on-one situation with a Bees defenceman, elects to smash it at Annetts. Decent save.
The visiting fans try to rally the troops. Let's go Wildcats let's go!
Smart save Lyle from low Scott Spearing snapshot.
Kamil Tvrdek gets through one-on-two and promptly loses his headgear as he slides across the ice on his front. Not what he wanted.
Finally Annetts is forced into a save. Not a difficult one, but a save nonetheless.
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This match is playing out like a seven-minute powerplay. Quite alarming. A general lack of sharpness and energy from Swindon thus far. Supporters flat and frustrated.
Swindon struggling to hold on to the puck in the neutral zone, let alone in attacking areas.
The Bees have started this game well.
Scramble in front of the Cats net. Juha Slvander of all people sweeps up the mess.
Lyle under pressure early on.
START OF THE FIRST PERIOD
We are under way.
Tom Annetts in net for Bracknell tonight. Stevie Lyle for Swndon.
We've got the anthem done. Not long now.
We'll be lucky to begin this game 15 minutes after the projected face-off time. Be patient!
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ENTER STAGE LEFT
And here are the players after a truly mammoth delay. Let's get this show on the road.
This is the most thorough zamboni driver I have ever encountered.
Two minutes until the players enter the arena.
Sixteen players for Swindon tonight compared to 21 for Bracknell.
The referee tonight is Pickett.
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Missing for Bracknell tonight are Nick Mihinnick, Ilya Antonov, Brendan Baird, Ryan Webb and Vanya Antonov. I neglected to mention earlier that injury cover import Jan Melichar is not in the Cats line-up this evening, despite Sandvik's match penalty.
The Hive might not be the most up-to-date rink in the world but I'm a fan. Intimate rink, superbly coloured seats, very helpful staff - it all adds up.
And here is the zamboni.
That said, there were no less than FIVE media types waiting outside the locker room at the Link Centre last Sunday. That is a record in recent times.
There's one heck of a local media presence here today. OK, so it's not exactly Olympics coverage, but I believe local radio and the local paper are covering events here tonight in addition to the Adver. That's as much media presence as I've ever seen in the EPL at an away game.
There's no Henri Sandvik tonight who is sitting rather sheepishly in the stands because he is serving a high-sticks penalty from last night's game at the Link Centre. Otherwise we look to have the full set of players out on the ice.
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Sixteen members of the Swindon Wildcats roster are out on the ice and warming up as we speak.
In fact, Cats failed to beat Bracknell at all in six fixtures in 2012/13. They finally beat the Bees with a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Berkshire side last night. The monkey is off the back in that sense at least.
Apologies for the three minutes late start there. One or two gremlins in the system.
Good evening and welcome to the John Nike Leisuresport Complex, more popularly (and sensibly) known as the Hive. Swindon failed to win here in three attempts last season, can they do it tonight?
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