ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v Slough Jets
Updated 11:19pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
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- Swindon Wildcats 1-2 Slough Jets (result)
- Wildcats condemned to fourth straight defeat from a winning position
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- Reporting by NED PAYNE
For a full match report and reaction, see the Swindon Advertiser tomorrow. That's all from me for tonight.
Swindon outshot their visitors 26-25 in the end. That won't be much of a consolation, though.
Wildcats 1 Slough 2.
Jets call a time out.
Juha Silvander goes for a blast. Denied.
Cats call a time out.
Henri Sandvik zips up the wing and nearly does it all on his own! Nothing doing, though.
Two minutes left.
The Jets hold out. Just. Jarina was worried twice there.
You get the sense it's now or never for the home side.
Two minutes for Padelek for tripping.
We are fast approaching the final five minutes.
Players flying in on Jarina, there was at least three of them in there. The netminder bends himself into all sorts of shapes and Slough scramble clear.
Swindon could severely do with another powerplay right now.
Lyle picks a high effort out of the air. Agile stuff.
Seven minutes left.
Cats still trail 2-1.
Sam Waller binned for high-sticks.
Just over 12 minutes left.
No damage done.
That's the first two-minute penalty Swindon have had to serve this game.
Symonds is binned.
Ciaran Long sends a piledriver wide.
Sam Bullas is inches away and he makes his frustration pretty clear.
THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY
Twenty minutes to go, one goal in it. Here we go.
What would Swindon give to turn this one round? At the moment they are staring four defeats in a row in the face.
And here they are. Out on the ice again.
The players are waiting patiently to come back out.
This game is still anyones, but given the way it's been going recently, I'm inclined to think that this is the Jets' to lose.
Guildford were 3-0 ahead against Peterborough at the end of the second period.
We will be back under way in around 10 minutes.
And here is the zamboni again.
Who doesn't love a bit of chuck the puck?
Slough outshot Swindon 11-8 in that period. That means the Jets are 19-17 ahead on shots overall. Still only one stat that matters, though, and they are on top in that sense too.
END OF PERIOD TWO
Wildcats trail 2-1. Not a thriller of a second period. Still very little in it.
As hockey matches go, tonight has been fairly uneventful. Still just the one penalty given away.
Goal-saving stop from Lyle.
Five minutes left of period two.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 2, 30.19
There's Slough players flying everywhere in front of the Swindon net and it's perennial tormentor Darius Pliskauskas that gets the final touch from close in.
A bit of nonsense around the Cats goal. Looked like Watt had someone in a headlock for a moment. No punishment for anyone.
Terrific last-ditch challenge from skipper Shane Moore to stop Padelek. By similar to the Pekkarinen one in the first period.
Plenty of endeavour but not an awful lot of shots raining in at the moment.
A quiet few minutes.
Defenceman Tomas Fojtik is in the building to watch his two former teams tonight.
PERIOD TWO IS UNDER WAY
Deep breaths all.
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Here come the players.
The hooter goes. We will be back in action soon.
There's just one shot in it and I would wager there won't be much more between the teams in terms of stats by the end.
We will be back under way in just over 10 minutes.
Cats outshot their opponents 9-8 in the opening 20. Not much in it then.
A pretty even first period. Cats probably edged it but they can't be overly displeased with a 1-1 scoreline.
END OF THE FIRST PERIOD
We are level here at the Link Centre.
Stevie Lyle pads away well with Padelek bearing down on him. Might have been going wide.
Three minutes left of the first period.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 1, 14.31
Matt Towalski pulls the Jets level from close in.
Guildford 1-0 up against Peterborough at the end of period one.
A reminder that Swindon have led their last three games, and lost them all.
Aku Pekkarinen recovers superbly to nick the puck off Ales Padelek when the Slough man is through on goal after Pekkarinen made the initial mistake. Brilliant.
We are halfway through the first period.
Apologies for the six-minute gap by the way, a tank of 3G I'm afraid.
Swindon are flying right now. Adam Harding danced away from a couple of Slough men before going close. He's not the only one causing problems.
GOAL! Wildcats 1 Slough 0, 1.24, PP
Just 24 seconds into the powerplay, Ryan Watt strikes. Great start. Assists from Jonas Hoog and Alex Symonds.
Mindy Kieras binned.
Early chance for Dan Davies. Fluffed.
FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY
Here we go.
Officials are Pickett, Ormond, Cuglietta and Thrower.
Slough netminder Kamil Jarina had an interesting debut on Saturday against Basingstoke, conceding seven goals, six of which were inside the opening 23 minutes.
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Players now being introduced.
And here come the Wildcats. Plenty of noise from the home supporters.
VIEW FROM THE BLUELINE
Defenceman Stevie Whitfield feels the solution to arresting Wildcats’ run of three straight defeats is simple - increased work rate.
“I think the boys are a bit disillusioned at the moment and it’s not much fun to be around when we’re not performing well, and we’re certainly looking for an improvement on Wednesday,” said Whitfield.
“It’s the defensive zone that’s costing us at the minute and that’s not a talent issue, we’ve got the personnel we need, it’s just a case of working hard and that’s why it’s more irritating.
“If you’re working hard and losing games it’s almost OK, but if you’re getting outworked and losing it’s really frustrating.
“The setup is perfect and everything is there for us to be successful, but at the moment we aren’t getting results and are getting outworked by teams.”
The Slough boys are given a rousing welcome as they enter the arena of battle.
Could have sworn I just saw Nicky Watt. I think I watch too much ice hockey sometimes.
Five minutes from face-off, in theory. The zamboni is off the ice anyway.
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A FAMILIAR FACE
Lee Richardson is back at the Link Centre this evening. The forward spent most of last season on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury midway through the last campaign, but despite his exit remains a hugely popular figure in Swindon. Still a pretty useful player as well.
May I take this opportunity to welcome any Slough fans who are joining us for Ice Hockey Live tonight. I'd be interested to hear what you think. Tweet me using @nedpayne1 and use #wildcatslive
Elsewhere this evening, Guildford are at home to Peterborough. Somewhat unsurprisingly, my money is on the Flames for that one.
The zamboni is out performing it's satisfying pre-match ritual.
Fr the avoidance of confusion, tonight’s game is NOT a cup match.
The car park seemed pretty busy when I pulled up 25 minutes ago. Not sure how many of those are coming in here but it seems positive. Perhaps the lure of Kids Go Free was too much for some to resist.
Swindon and Slough are becoming familiar foes this season as tonight will be the fourth time they have met in 2013/14 including challenge matches. Each team won a game apiece in pre-season before the EPL campaign got under way. The Jets triumphed 2-1 in overtime at the Link Centre in mid-September. Based on scorelines (4-2, 2-3, 1-2) there isn’t an awful lot between these two.
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The warm-up has finished and we're around 15 minutes from face-off.
No Loris Taylor in the line-up tonight. He's just walked past me in his civvies.
Swindon forward Sam Bullas - who scored twice in the defeat to Peterborough on Saturday - says he is not concerned about personal achievements and is more worried about turning round Wildcats’ disappointing run of form.
“It’s always nice to score goals but even if I only get 10 points a year, I’d be happy if we won every game,” said Bullas.
"Points don’t really mean anything to me personally and we’ve got to pull together and sort ourselves out. We can’t keep losing games and something has got to change.
“I think we have to work hard at the right times and we need to be consistent, that’s the biggest thing for us right now.
“(Slough is) probably the biggest game of the year so far, we’ve got to come together and get the points.”
From a purely selfish point of view, I could do without 14 goals this evening. Saturday at Peterborough was seriously hectic. I'd settle for a nice 4-2, that'd do me, for Wildcats of course.
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