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Sports fan that loves almost anything sporting based, with my main loves being Ice Hockey, Women's Football and Football in general, Speedway and Rugby just to mention a few.

NIHL South: Skinns and the Bees Shutout the Bison

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Bracknell preserved their four-point league at the top of NIHL1 South standings on Sunday night, thanks to a 2-0 shutout win over their arch-rivals in the Basingstoke Bison. Since the offseason with Doug Sheppard making the move from Basingstoke Ice Arena to the John Nike Leisure Sport Complex, it also saw the most successful coach in recent times with the Bison bringing most of his trophy-winning side with him up the M3 motorway and so the lead up to the game was always going to be emotionally charged.

Coming into the Sunday game, it saw both sides in relatively good form as the Bees and Bison clash came on the back of wins for both sides the night before, with Bracknell against Streatham (1-0) and Basingstoke against Invicta (5-3). A good crowd in ‘the Hive’ saw Bracknell starting the stronger of the two with former Bee in Alex Mettam forced into making a couple of early stops from the home attackers and kept them scoreless.

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As the period went on, it saw the visitors coming more into the game and testing former Bison goalie in Dean Skinns and much like Mettam at the opposite end, he was doing his best to keep the biscuit out of the net. There was a bit of concern on six minutes, when Basingstoke’s import forward Michal Klejna took a heavy fall around the Bracknell crease when a collection of bodies and legs were all tackled up going for a loose puck, and Referee Steve Matthews gave a high sticks call on ex-Bison (see a recurring theme here) in Stuart Mogg.

Basingstoke had a spell of solid pressure on the home side goal and made Skinns work for his money, whether he knew much about saves or not. One passage of play saw George Norcliffe cutting down left and shooting short-side which had Skinns kicking it onto the foot of the post before making back to back saves while down on the ice to keep his old side out. The first twenty minutes were rather entertaining, with both sides playing some good hockey and didn’t see much in the way of rough stuff, as both sides seemed to be content to play hockey first than the physical side of the game.

After a scoreless first, it saw the Bees getting on the board first thought a Brendan Baird goal, as the Bracknell defenceman fired his shot through traffic and found its way by Bison goalie Alex Mettam for the 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and was a period bossed mostly dominated by the home side. The Bees were clearly buzzing following that goal and Mettam had to be on constant alert as Bracknell had their stingers up! Fair play to the young Bison side though, they managed to weather the storm from the goal and forced their way back into the game.

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In the third, it saw play being evenly spread with the Bees looking for that killer goal, while the Bison just looked to create an opening that would get them back in the game. With the game on a proverbial knife-edge with a goal separating the side, things were starting simmer and frustration was beginning to rear its head in the game and kick in with time ticking down. With just under a minute left to go in the game, it saw the game explode into life. Firstly, Joe Baird who penalised and saw a stray arm up toward the head of a Bison man as they went into the boards, but an Interference went against him and so put the away side a 6 on 4 power play with Alex Mettam leaving for the bench. Basingstoke’s PP unit couldn’t set up a play and that allowed former Manchester Phoenix forward Roman Malinik to send the puck heading up ice into the empty cage for a 2-0 game at 59.34 to secure the points for the Bees – However, that wasn’t the end of the fun of the games.

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That earlier interference call from Baird seemed to inject a feisty element to the game that had been missing throughout. Soon after the second Bracknell goal Bees Josh Martin and Basingstoke’s Michal Keljna got sent to the locker room after a scrum saw both receiving two minute roughing minors and a 10 minute Misconduct each with 18 seconds of the game left remaining, as the referee was looking to keep a lid on emotions from both sides, but there was still fireworks to come. Ten seconds later saw James Galazzi and Adam Jones trading borderline hits and finally resulted in Galazzi going for Jones and the two drop the gloves in front of the Bison supporters and while that was going on – Ryan Watt of the Bees and Jay King of the Bison squared off with Watt whacking the Bison players stick out of his hands and sending into the upper tier.

Following King’s refusal to go with Watt, it saw the ex-Bison making a ‘chicken’ gesture towards King and then followed it up asking and challenging the Basingstoke bench. The match referee had enough of his antics and seemingly lost control in the closing stages of this rivalry game and saw Galazzi given a 2+2 for roughing along with a 10-minute misconduct, while Watt picked up a ten minute for misconduct. For the Bison, Jones got 2+2 for roughing and a further 2+10 for boarding. It was a game that saw quality prevailing over quantity, as the Bison just lacked the cutting edge that a Doug Sheppard’s side, but they gave as good as they got and makes the next meeting between the sides on December 1st down at Basingstoke extra tasty.


Shots on Goal: Bees 28   Bison 23

Saves: Dean Skinns 60.00: – Bees 23/23 (100%)   Alex Mettam 59.33:-  26/27 (96.30%)

PIM: Bees  40 – Bison 40

DEL ROUNDUP: Mannheim tops standings / Augsburger remain on fire / Wild Wings stay winless

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Adler Mannheim and Kolner Haie battle Photo: City-Press

DEL ROUNDUP

Another interesting weekend of hockey in Germany’s DEL came and went, and with it saw a new leader after an action-packed Round 10 and 11 with Adler Mannheim soaring above the rest of the pack in the standings, following their back to back victories over the Wild Wings and Kölner Haie.

Kölner Haie made it three wins on the bounce to beat Iserlohn Roosters 2-1 in Cologne, after Felix Schutz opened the scoring late on in the second period courtesy of a power play goal, that was until Anthony Camara equalised early on in the third for the Roosters to see overtime and have Michael Zalewski skating from his own zone to snap a shot that beat the keeper for the extra point.

Two teams that haven’t got going so far this season are the Nurnberg Ice Tigers and Grizzly Wolfsburg. Their game saw Gerrit Fauser firing the home side in front on the power play with Philippe Dupuis soon levelling things up for Nürnberg. A Daniel Sparre effort soon restored the lead for Wolfsburg four minutes later.

Leonhard Pfoderl then tied the game up with less than five to play. With 2.19 gone in the extra overtime period, Brandon Buck slammed home the puck to give the Ice Tigers victory.

From two sides out of form to two teams that are in-form. The Augsburger Panther and the Straubing Tigers meeting up in Straubing and saw the visiting Panthers side holding a two-goal advantage for most of the game, thanks to Daniel Schmolz and David Stieler scoring inside the opening ten minutes.

Straubing then scored twice in a minute, as Stefan Loibl made it 2-1 before Antoine Laganiere drew the scores level at 2-2. Adam Payerl managed to put Augsburger back ahead late on and then have Matthew Fraser closing the game out an empty-net goal for 4-2.

Eisbaren Berlin won on the road at Krefeld 3-1, as a Louis-Marc Aubry goal cancelled out a Jacob Berglund effort for the hometown Penguine side midway through the first. Brendan Ranford scored on the power play for a 2-1 lead and then had Sean Backman adding a third for the win.

Adler Mannheim moved to the top of the DEL summit after beating the Schwenniger Wild Wings 3-1 in Mannheim. Both sides traded goals, with a Mirko Sacher power-play strike sandwiched in between the Mannheim goals from Benjamin Smith and Matthias Plachta for the home side. Garrett Festerling added a third as Mannheim eventually overcame the stubborn bottom of the table side.

Recent leaders DEG Dusseldorf suffered back to back overtime losses over this past weekend, starting firstly a 3-2 overtime loss against ERC Ingolstadt in Bavaria, as goals by Jaedon Descheneau and a power-play effort by Ryan McKiernan put DEG 2-0 up. Vili Sopanen and Brett Olson then levelled things up for Ingolstadt to force overtime and saw Mike Collins netting the game-winning goal for ERC.

On Sunday, Dusseldorf then faced another Bavarian side in German champions Munchen Red Bulls in a nine-goal thriller at Munich’s Olympia Eishalle. As Maximilian Kastner and Matthew Stajan scoring a brace each for Munchen, with Stajan scoring the overtime winner with 1.10 gone into the extra period for the 5-4 victory.

ERC Ingolstadt travelled to the German capital to take on Eisbaren Berlin and left with all the points, as goals by David Elsner and Brett Olson put them two up before a powerplay effort by Danny Richmond made it a one-goal game and late on saw Jerry D’Amigo scoring into an empty cage for a 3-1 win.

Straubing Tigers picked up a 4-2 road win over Iserlohn Roosters, as two goals by Michael Connolly helped the Tigers get back to winning ways and moved up into fourth place in the standings.

Krefeld Penguine made the trip to Nurnberg to face the Ice Tigers and was forced to battle back from 3-1 down, having led through a Jacob Berglund goal till the hosts scored three unanswered goals from firstly Chad Bassen, Brandon Buck and then a power-play goal from Jason Bast made it 3-1. The Penguine hit back with three unanswered goals of their own, starting with a Vincent Saponari goal and was soon followed by Daniel Pietta tying the game up with less than nine to play and had Phillip Bruggisser scoring the winner with five minutes to play for a 4-3 win.

The winless Schwenniger Wild Wings welcomed Bremerhaven Pinguins to the Helios Arena and despite two goals by Simon Danner, the visitors led thanks to strikes by Michael Moore and Miha Verlic with the Pinguins leading after one. Danner scored his second of the match for the Wild Wings for 2-2, but Chad Nehring scored the deciding goal nearly ten minutes from time to see Bremerhaven as 3-2 winners.

Augsburger Panther made it four wins in a row, and are the current form team in the DEL as it stands now following their 6-0 hammering of Grizzly Wolfsburg. Goals from Matthew White and Simon Sezemsky put the home side two up inside seven minutes of play before Wolfsburg collapsed in the final ten of the match and see Thomas Holzmann, a quick-fire double from Patrick McNeill and a Daniel Schmolz goal completing the rout.

The last word belongs to leaders Adler Mannheim, as they came back from a two-goal deficit away at Cologne, as Chad Kolarik started the comeback and saw two powerplay goals by David Wolf and then Markus Eisenschmid put the leaders 3-2 up, before former Chicago and San Jose man Andrew Desjardins made sure of the points for a 4-2 win.

NWHL Roundup: Buffalo shuts out the Whales again / Boston inflict more misery on the Mets’

NWHL ROUNDUP

Another weekend of National Women’s Hockey League games took place this past week and saw the new girls on the block in the Minnesota Whitecaps sitting it out while the remaining four sides all played.

The two games saw the Buffalo Beauts looking to make it two wins in two against their opponents from last week, the Connecticut Whale. The Boston Pride opened their league programme up against the 0-2 Metropolitan Riveters.

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NWHL Round-up: Whitecaps stun champions, Beauts open with win

The start of the new National Women’s Hockey League season got underway last weekend and saw a shock to kick off this year’s competition. As new girls to the league, the Minnesota Whitecaps stunned the reigning champions the Metropolitan Riveters with back to back home wins.

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What is behind a name?!

Whenever you’ve watched the great sport of Ice Hockey or Hockey (depending on where in the world you are) have you ever found yourself wondering or thinking why a team has gone for a certain name? Is there any reasoning behind it? Or is it just marketing? Are they good names, bad names or just downright terrible names?

I have gone for a few teams around the British leagues and tried to find out where on earth the names have come from. Some are relatively easy to guess, while some are just clever tie-ins.

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DEL Roundup

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This past weekend saw Rounds 8 and 9 of matches taking place in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) over in Germany as just nine points separate first and tenth positions in the standings, but we are still very much in the early days of the season and a long way to go yet.

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A British view of German Hockey

With the new season in the UK having started last weekend, next weekend (14th Sept) will see our friends from Germany having their season facing-off and it also being the 25th anniversary of the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga).

As most witnessed with recent preseasons games up and down the British Isles, the German fans have arguably the most passionate followings not only in Europe but perhaps the world too with their vocal supporters.

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