ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Slough Jets v Swindon Wildcats
5:58pm Sunday 21st October 2012 in Sport
This live event has finished
- Slough Jets 4, Swindon Wildcats 1
- Understrength Swindon fail to win at the Hangar
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
FINAL SCORE: Slough 4, Swindon 1.
Slough kill a Bakrlik penalty and that's nearly it.
Three to go.
Connolly bodychecks Skinns. Nothing given.
Great save low to his right by Skinns from Scott.
Penalty killed by Swindon.
Chris Jones gets two minutes for high sticks.
Penalty killed by the hosts.
Dan Scott gets two minutes for tripping.
GOAL! (Slough 4, Swindon 1, 42.34)
A big sucker punch for Swindon as Slough score when short-handed, after Josh Bruce was sent to the box for tripping. Dan Davies got the goal with Adam Greener supplying the assist.
The final period is underway.
Cats losing think we need Hoooooooogs magic stick #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 21 October 2012
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
This isn't over just yet, but the next goal is critical. If Slough get it, this game's over. If Wildcats get it, game on!
END OF SECOND PERIOD
Slough 3-1 up.
This could get interesting if the visitors score another.
GOAL! (Slough 3, Wildcats 1)
Frantisek Bakrlik is binned for holding and seconds later Cats get themselves back in the game on the powerplay courtesy of Nicky Watt, from Aaron Nell and Lee Richardson.
Nell fires across the face with an instinctive effort. That was a half-decent chance. Wildcats turning the screw but just can't find the all-important goal.
The next goal is massive.
Jets back to full strength. Kapicka came the closest on the powerplay.
Two minutes for Adam Greener for the most blatant act of tripping I've ever seen in my life. I tell a lie, it's been upgraded to a 10-minute misconduct penalty. Ouch. Chance for Wildcats.
GOAL! (Slough 3, Wildcats 0, 25.16)
That's two goals inside two minutes and it's play-coach Koulikov that gets it this time. The visitors call a time out. Taylor is back now, by the way.
GOAL! (Slough 2 Wildcats 0, 23.34)
Pliskauskas makes Swindon pay on the powerplay with Connolly supplying the assist. That came seconds after Kapicka nearly levelled despite Wildcats being short-handed.
Two minutes for Loris Taylor for an icing infringement.
Second period is go.
Presumably at some stage Tom Murdy will be back in goal for Swindon, when he recovers from injury of course. Dean Skinns has impressed as a stand-in, though.
Come on Wildcats dig deep = 2 points Simples #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 21 October 2012
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
Swindon were caught cold in the first couple of minutes with a fairly cheap goal, but they have improved since then and looked close to getting an equaliser in the second part of the first period.
END OF FIRST PERIOD
Slough 1-0 up.
A breakout sees Michal Kapicka denied with a angled slapshot. Then he gets nailed about 20 seconds later. Not his favourite passage of play I'd imagine.
Lovely move from Slough that deserved a goal, but Aaron Connolly can only stab at Skinns on the stretch from only a yard out.
No sign of Joe Baird on the ice tonight by the way, he's still on the road to recovery but he is here at the Hangar.
Aaron Nell gets a slapshot off but it's easily saved by Gregg Rockman.
Mostly Slough threatening so far. Dean Skinns has had a few saves to make, less so his opposite number.
GOAL! (Slough 1 Wildcats 0, 2.21)
Alex Barker is given too much space 10 yards out and he fires over Skinns' shoulder and into the top-right corner. Richardson had denied the Jets man expertly seconds earlier. Assists from Darius Pliskauskas and Mindy Kieras.
Lee Richardson is filling in at the back again alongside Jan Melichar.
And we're off.
Swindon have now lost in overtime or a shootout five times in 11 EPL games this season following last night's defeat at home to Bracknell. It's about time that tide turned. Wildcats were utterly outplayed last time they met Slough, but were deserved victors in the pre-season challenge. No idea what will happen tonight.
@SwindonWildcats bring on the jets! #awaydays @EPIHLUpdates— @charrabi1 21 October 2012
Lots of loud music at the Hangar, of varying degrees of quality. If you were born in 1974, it's probably quite good.
The players have finished warming up and we're just over 15 minutes from face-off. The more studious of you will have noticed the picture on the Sport home page is now the right way up whereas before it was upside down, but don't get ahead of yourself, you haven't win a prize.
Get yourself involved by leaving comments below or tweeting using #swindonwildcats. Whether you are here at the Hangar or not, we want to hear from you. The best comments will be reprinted in the live feed, as determined by me, so make them crackers please.
Welcome to Slough, home of the Jets, where Swindon are aiming to replicate their pre-season victory against Slava Koulikov's men.
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