ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Bracknell Bees v Swindon Wildcats
5:18pm Sunday 14th October 2012 in Sport
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- Bracknell 3, Wildcats 2 (Bracknell win 1-0 in penalty shootout)
- Wildcats visit Bracknell in the EPL
- Second game of the weekend following 6-5 overtime loss to Sheffield last night
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
Just a point for Swindon then, but it could quite easily have been two. Skinns add a few brilliant saves tonight, Paul Swindlehurst and Stevie Whitfield had super games at the back, too.
Lukas Smital has broken the deadlock, squeezing into the left corner.
Melichar shoots into the chest of Carl Ambler.
Skinns blocks from Rob Lamey.
Petran misses. Will anyone score?
Shaun Thompson fires high. 0-0 it remains.
Hoog misses. Still 0-0.
Skinns saves brilliantly from Jan Bendik.
Penalty shootout it is.
Lots of speculative strikes raining in but very few genuine opportunities.
We're going to overtime. It's a point for Swindon at least.
Jan Melichar blocks heroically from Masa.
Kapicka returns with less than 20 seconds left.
Kapicka binned for slashing and it's all about survival now for Cats.
Three to go. This could go either way.
Cats think they've scored, but they haven't.
Play getting increasingly frantic. Six minutes to go.
Perkkio just nearly took out some poor bloke stood right at the top of the stand with a deflected shot. Well-ducked.
Lets see some goals here #swindonwildcats you are the better team— @Ulli2311 14 October 2012
Kapicka is back.
Skinns makes a fabulous save, then the Bees claim they have it in the net. Masa leads the calls. No cigar.
Bracknell have had enough powerplay chances to last them a lifetime, six in total so far.
Bullas and Galazzi are back.
Sam Bullas and James Galazzi binned.
It seems an awful long time since we had a goal in this game.
Skinns appears to have a facial problem here. Not clear what caused it. He's carrying on, anyway.
Third period is go.
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
Strange sort of second period. Plenty of shots but no goals, could quite easily have been another four. All to play for at the Hive.
End of second period. Still 2-2.
Jones is back. Penalty killed.
Chris Jones binned.
Alan Lack binned. Apologies, bit late with that one.
Omg we had so many chances ,get in the goal puck ... #swindonwildcats— @Ulli2311 14 October 2012
Swindlehurst back and that's back to back penalties killed.
Swindlehurst binned. Ouch.
@nedpayne1 live update appreciated by those of us with babies to look after that aren't quite old enough for trips t'Hive! #swindonwildcats— @stripes 14 October 2012
Nicky Watt binned.
Positive start to the second by Wildcats. No end product as yet, though.
The Swindon drum brigade are on particularly good form tonight. Deafening.
Watching the live updates, Let's go Wildcats, let's go!! #swindonwildcats— @EmmaElmoPayn 14 October 2012
Second period underway.
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
Swindon are level, but they have lost plenty of games like this in 2012/13 so far. This is a game that needs grinding out.
First period over.
Hoog lays into the path of Aaron Nell. Great chance. Denied!
GOAL (Bracknell 2, Wildcats 2)
The visitors have soaked up plenty of pressure and there's the sucker punch. It was Hoog that scored it, although the stadium announcer seemed to lose his bearings on that one. Eventually he calls it. Well done that man.
GOAL! (Bracknell 2, Wildcats 1)
With Swindlehurst out, Bracknell take advantage almost in slow motion. Shaun Thompson lays across goal for Martin Masa and he pokes in on the stretch when it didn't look like he could reach it. Strange sort of goal.
Swindlehurst binned for two minutes.
GOAL! (Bracknell 1, Wildcats 1)
The lead didn't last long. The Bees break and Rob Lamey lays inside for Marcel Petran to direct his shot past Skinns. Too easy for the hosts.
Three good saves by Swindon's Dean Skinns in quick succession, including from a two-on-one.
GOAL! (Bracknell 0, Swindon 1)
Wow. Just 16 seconds gone and that's one heck of an opening for the visitors. Jonas Hoog was left completely unmarked by the Bees defence and he flicked the puck calmly into the bottom left corner. Bingo.
And we're off.
Anyway, enough of me playing Mark Kermode. Here we go.
Rousing music from Pirates of the Caribbean being played to gee up the crowd. What an awful series of films they were.
Safe to say the Hive is not heaving tonight. Instructions being barked by the announcer. Six minutes now.
@SwindonWildcats good luck tonight lads— @hegwighawks 14 October 2012
Not icing for Cats tonight are netminder Tom Murdy and defence and Shane Moore. No surprises there.
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WILDCATS HEAD COACH RYAN ALDRIDGE
“With Bracknell it will be business as usual.
“We went to watch them against Milton Keynes the other night and they were definitely crawling back into that game (Bracknell lost 4-3).
“They are a good side in their own building and we have to match that.”
WILDCATS D-MAN PAUL SWINDLEHURST
“Bracknell are playing really well this year so we’re not going to underrate them.
“The league is going to be very close this year and you can’t afford to go into any game thinking it’s in the bag."
The players have cleared the ice and we're 20 minutes away from face-off.
Yes! After no less than eight attempts, I've finally managed to get a picture of Wildcats warming up on our site. It's a thumbnail pic you can see in the Sport or Ice Hockey sections just before you click on this article. Was it worth the effort? Arguable. Enjoy anyway.
The Wildcats players have just hopped out on the ice and the warm-up is taking place as we speak. Two points tonight would be three for the weekend and a pretty decent return by all accounts. Easier said than done, though.
Welcome to the snappily-named John Nike Leisuresport Complex where Swindon take on Bracknell tonight. We'll just call it the Hive for now.