ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Slough Jets v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 9:22pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Sport
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- Slough Jets 7-1 Swindon Wildcats (final score)
- Slough scorers: Matt Towalski (2), Darius Pliskauskas (2), Dan Davies, Alan Lack, Ciaran Long
- Swindon scorer: Floyd Taylor
- Wildcats fail to gain first league win over Slough in 2013/14
- Link Centre side beat Telford 5-2 last night
- Tweet using #wildcats and tag in @nedpayne1
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Many thanks for joining me tonight. Do log on again for the Guildford game next weekend. And don't forget, a full report, reaction and pictures will be in the Adver tomorrow.
It's two points out of four for the weekend, which is not too bad a return. That top-four cup place is slipping away, though.
Time to get some match reaction from head coach Aldridge and a player or two. If you are a sucker for punishment, you will be able to read a full report tomorrow.
Well, there's a few issues to chew over there. The main concern is the extent of the damage to Hoog and Bullas. Coupled with Silvander, that could give Swindon a problem.
Some confusion over Slough's fourth, but it looked like Lack scored it to me.
Slough triumph 7-1.
GOAL! Slough 7 Wildcats 1, 58.45
Wonderful, wonderful goal from Pliskauskas. Melted through the Swindon defence with some terrific stick work and slotted past Lyle superbly. Cracking effort.
Slough have killed this game off superbly. Two minutes.
Four minutes left for Swindon to endure.
GOAL! Slough 6 Wildcats 1, 52.20
It's a landslide now. Ciaran Long converts from Pliskauskas and Cameron McGiffin.
I should add that both Hoog and Bullas will not complete the game as both are struggling with knocks.
GOAL! Slough 5 Wildcats 1, 49.00
That really is it. The puck breaks to Towalski who is completely free in front of the net and he sends an unstoppable slapshot straight past Lyle. Two netminders couldn't have stopped that.
Eleven minutes left.
On the balance of play, Slough are well-worth their lead. They have finished impressively tonight. Swindon have battled but have been exposed at key moments.
GOAL! Slough 4 Wildcats 1, 46.04
That could be game over. The Jets steam in on goal and Lyle is under heavy pressure. It's Alan Lack that stabs into the net from close range.
Slough are sucking the life out of this one. Cats need a goal, and quickly. Fifteen minutes left.
Aku Pekkarinen broke his stick in trying to deliver into the dangerzone and had to contain Davies as he broke free using only his bare hands. He did it beautifully.
THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY
Swindon need two goals. And they have a powerplay.
Slough outshot Swindon 14-10 in that second period (30-21 overall).
And here are the players.
Big hearts, strong minds. All of that.
We will be back under way in a smidge over five minutes.
Swindon will still have the majority of that powerplay to come when we resume. One minute 42 seconds, since you ask.
More excellent zamboni work going on. Shall we liven up this period break with some thoughts? #wildcatslive
The Wildcats improved hugely towards the end ofte period and only a 'how did that happen?' save from Jarina denied them a second goal. Really looked like they were going to get back in it as well. Ah well, there's still time.
END OF PERIOD TWO
Swindon a bit unfortunate to lose that one. The score is 3-1 Slough.
Kieras gets two minutes for cross-checking.
Henri Sandvik shoves into Kieras with plenty of clout. You give it to him, son!
Two minutes to go.
Smith gets free and his shot looks in all the way but Jarina saves it with his shoulder. How did that not go in?
Hoog is cutting an extremely frustrated figure on the bench.
A goalmouth scramble but no second goal for Swindon.
Six minutes left of period two.
Slough's Sam Waller smashes Sam Bullas against the side wall. Bullas winces and comes straight off. Looks like the arm or wrist took a pounding there. This is turning into a bruising encounter.
Kieras losing his footing in the D-zone but Cats cannot punish their hosts.
It looks like he's going to carry on.
I'd wager Jonas Hoog has picked up an injury, or a knock at least. He's off the ice and in conversation with the Wildcats physio.
Just under 13 minutes left of period two.
Harding wins the puck and unleashes a drive that fizzes across the left post.
Still a top game to watch.
Aldridge tries to beat Jarina low on the angle, the puck squirms through and across the net. That could have gone anywhere.
Wildcats call a time out.
GOAL! Slough 3 Wildcats 1, 23.19, PP
Via Pliskauskas and Kieras the puck arrives at the feet of Dan Davies who is free in front of the net and he duly blasts beyond Lyle. Suddenly it feels a long way back for the visitors.
Slough have flown out at the start of this period.
Stevie Whitfield off for hooking.
PERIOD TWO UNDER WAY
Here we go.
Slough outshot Swindon 16-11 in that first period.
A four-point weekend is by no means an impossibility here. Swindon played pretty well in period one.
We will be back under way in around four minutes.
Speculation flying around that Silvander's injury is a groin problem. If true that could be a couple of weeks or a fair bit more, depending on the seriousness.
The zamboni is out.
Have your day using #wildcatslive. Can Cats turn this one round?
Tough opening period. Swindon will be disappointed to be down in that one having given away a simple opener. The second was just a classy finish from Pliskauskas.
By the way, for those wondering why there's no Silvander, I believe he picked up an injury in the win over Telford last night. Will find out the extent of he problem later.
END OF PERIOD ONE
Jets lead 2-1.
Two minutes left.
Two goals conceded in just over two minutes. Time to regroup for Swindon.
GOAL! Slough 2 Wildcats 1, 15.40
A swift turnaround for the home side and an assist for ex-Swindon man Lee Richardson. But it was Pliskauskas who turned just inside the blue line and lashed a lightning wristshot high past Lyle. Not much chance with that one.
GOAL! Slough 1 Wildcats 1, 13.18
Way, way too easy. Matt Towalski charges down the left, dives inside and taps low past Lyle at his near post. No one got close to him and it was a very straightforward goal in the end. Assist for Mindy Kieras.
Seven minutes left in this period.
Lyle saves well after Slough no 25 dives away from two markers. Then Smith nearly capitalises on defensive error at the other end.
I do believe that was Taylor's first goal of the season.
No goal for Swindon. Still lead, though.
Good game, this.
Two minutes Pliskauskas for slashing.
GOAL! Slough 0 Wildcats 1, 6.46
And Floyd Taylor gets Swindon off the mark. Jarina is prone and the youngster slams home. Assists from Adam Harding and Ollie Betteridge.
Facial injury for a Slough player. Not entirely sure who. Didn't look too bad.
Low leg pad save Lyle from Pliskauskas.
Slough goaltender Kamil Jarina is off-limits. Recovers to smother. First real danger from Swindon.
Darius Pliskauskas tries to go high against netminder Stevie Lyle but doesn't beat the Welshman.
One broken stick is all there is to report so far.
FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY
Off and running in Slough.
Seconds away from face-off.
That means the visitors have 16 players in their line-up this evening. Slough players just being introduced.
Unlike last night, head coach Ryan Aldridge IS icing. There's no sign of Finnish import Juha Silvander.
And here they are.
Moments away now. Players just about to step out on the ice.
UP FOR THE CUP
Tonight’s game will contribute to both the league and cup tables. And with Swindon currently sitting fifth in the cup standings with seven games to go, this is an important one. Milton Keynes currently occupy fourth having played a game more. Interesting.
The resolve of Aldridge to bring in new blood has not weakened, with the head coach promising that he is still hoping to add a fresh face to the line-up.
“I’m still actively looking. We’ve got to change things, we know there are areas that aren’t giving us what we’re expecting,” said Aldridge.
“The tough thing is that you see in spells what guys can offer, but we’re not getting that out of them every night.
“It’s finding out who’s going to play with who, because one night one line is playing great together and then the next night they don’t do anything. That’s the frustrating part for me.”
More predictions and team thoughts please via #wildcatslive
Slough seem to have Swindon’s number this term as they have met twice in the EPL and the Jets have won both games 2-1, once in overtime. If you include challenge games, Slough are 3-1 up overall in 2013/14.
We're around 15 minutes away from face-off.
Need another big performance to follow up on an excellent win last night. Watt to shine on his slough return #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 03 November 2013
In case you’ve had your buried in the ground for the last few days, forward Loris Taylor has joined Wightlink on a two-way. He’s looking to get more ice time and build up his confidence. If you have any thoughts on this, let us know using #wildcatslive or message me directly using @nedpayne1. In fact, if you have any thoughts on anything ice hockey-related, get in touch.
“I’ve got to the stage where I need to be playing more in order to improve my game,” said Taylor.“
I need to be getting quality ice time and I think that the Raiders will provide me with just that.
“The move is the perfect way for me to show what I can do so maybe next year, I will be able to do it here for Swindon.”
Now the players have been ordered off and it's ice-smoothing time.
Looks like Silvander is missing....hence why aldy is icing— @Dunster43 03 November 2013
We’ve all been discussing Swindon’s nasty habit of surrendering leads of late, but tonight’s opponents Slough managed to do the same last night against Milton Keynes. They were 3-0 up at 18.18 and ended up losing 5-3. Not a great scenario for them and I’m sure the Jets will be desperate to bounce back as soon as possible, as the cliché goes.
@dustpuppeh @swindonadver That would be a shout. Think it'll be closer tho. Cats by 1 in regulation. Watty to take the beers. #wildcatslive— @stripes 03 November 2013
Both sets of players are out warming up on the ice.
Any other predictions tonight, Wildcats fans? Tweet me at @nedpayne1 and use #wildcatslive
The Wildcats returned to winning ways last night against a bolstered Telford side, triumphing 5-2 at the Link Centre in an EPL-Cup clash. With head coach Ryan Aldridge bossing matters from the bench, goals from Henri Sandvik (2), Sam Smith (2) and Adam Harding were enough to get the job done. Something of a relief for Wildcats supporters after four straight defeats. By the way, starting tonight, five of Swindon’s next seven games are away from Wiltshire.
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Wildcats to win by four. Bullas and Watt to score two each. Silvander to finally perform. @swindonadver #wildcatslive— @dustpuppeh 03 November 2013
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