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Sheffield Steeldogs 7 - 3 Bracknell Bees (Sat 5th Dec 2015)

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Bracknell Bees logo The Bees couldn't overcome a fast start from the Steeldogs in Sheffield on Saturday evening...

Match report by John Slater

On Saturday night the Bees made the trip north to Sheffield to take on the Steeldogs, who they narrowly lost to at The Hive last Sunday and looking to avenge that defeat. The Bees were without David Savage and Matt Towalski whilst the Steeldogs were without Greg Wood and Lubomir Korhon. Referee Steve Brown took charge of the match with Alice Stanley and Harvey Mark Otter running the lines. Alex Mettam started in net for the Bees and Dalibor Sedlar got the nod in the Steeldogs goal.

The home side Steeldogs maintained early possession of the puck and came close in the opening minutes through Arnoldas Bosas and it seemed that another feisty encountered was on the cards as Callum Pattison picked up an early checking from behind penalty for the Sheffield side. The Bees seized the powerplay chance to push forward and force Dalibor Sedlar into action in the Steeldogs net but could not find a way past the netminder. The action swung from one end of the ice to the other with chances in front of both goals but it was a run of four goals in just under five minutes mid-way through the opening period that saw the home side Steeldogs take a lead from which the Bees would be unable to recover from. The scoring was opened as Tom Squires netted with just under ten minutes gone and the lead was doubled on a delayed penalty just over a minute later when Andrew Hirst found a way past Alex Mettam. The Bees tried to battle back into the game and narrow the lead but Dalibor Sedlar stood firm to all the Bees could throw at him. Two power play goals just under two minutes apart finished the flurry of quick fire goals for Sheffield as first Tim Smith scored only four seconds into a Carl Graham 2+10 penalty for checking from behind before Ashley Calvert scored in the dying seconds of a Matt Foord cross checking penalty. Alex Mettam was replaced in the Bees net by Tom Annetts after the Steeldogs fourth goal but the Sheffield sides’ confidence was now high as they kept pushing forward. In the dying seconds of the period the Bees netted a delayed penalty goal of their own when Milan Kostourek finally found a way past Sedlar to slightly narrow the lead.

Into the second period the Bees knew they had an uphill battle, trailing by three goals, but started the period well and found themselves with a man advantage when Craig Elliott was called for hooking. The Bees pressed forward and tested Sedlar on several occasions, even after the penalty had expired the Bees stayed on the front foot and Milan Kostourek was denied well again by Sedlar. It was however the home side who extended their lead when just over half way through the period Arnoldas Bosas rounded Tom Annetts. Another powerplay chance for the Bees only a minute after the goal gave the traveling Bracknell side a lift but again, despite their efforts, they could not find a way past Sedlar and Tom Annetts had to come up with a big save to deny Bosas on a short-handed break. With the teams both back at full strength and with just over five minutes remaining in the second stanza the Steeldogs again extended their lead through Lee Haywood who let fly with a long range shot which found a way past Tom Annetts. As in the first period the Bees again managed to score in the dying seconds of the period as Lukas Smital and Milan Kostourek combined again with Kostourek netting the goal. As the hooter sounded for the end of the period tempers boiled over and several players clashed and it took an age for the players to leave the ice and the referee re-gain control. As the dust settled the Bees Scott Spearing was handed 2+2 for fighting along with the Steeldogs John Doane. The Steeldogs Callum Pattison was ejected on a match penalty for fighting and Charles Thompson and Thomas Barry were also handed ten minute misconducts for the Sheffield side. The result was that the Bees would start the final period with a five minute powerplay and a chance to get themselves back into the game.

Into the final period and the Bees, starting with a man advantage, pushed forward looking for a way back into the match and forced Dalibor Sedlar into action again and when Lee Haywood was sent to the home penalty box for interference the Bees had a two man advantage. They took their chance and narrowed the lead when Jan Bendik finished off the power play chance. Three goals down with sixteen minutes to go the Bees kept the pressure on the home side but with a little under ten minutes left in the match and with Lewis Bell in the box for tripping the Bees pushed forward but were caught on a quick break by the home side as they sealed the win with a short-handed goal through Arnoldas Bosas. The Bees killed off a late penalty against Carl Graham for hooking but the home side Steeldogs kept the Bees at bay and saw out the game. Man of the match awards went to Tom Annetts for the traveling Bees and to Arnoldas Bosas for the home side Steeldogs.

Match stats
Period scores: 4-1, 2-1, 1-1
Steeldogs scorers:Bosas 2+1; Squires & Calvert 1+2; Hirst & Haywood 1+1; Smith 1+0; Lascek 0+3 & Morgan 0+1
Bees scorers: Kostourek 2+0; Bendik 1+0; Smital 0+3 & Antonov 0+2;
Steeldogs PIMS:69 (Pattison 37, Thompson & Barry 10, Doane 4, Elliott, Lascek, Bell & Haywood 2)
Bees PIMS:20 (Graham 14, Spearing 4 & Foord 2)
Shots on Steeldogs (Sedlar): 36 (9, 14, 13)
Shots on Bees (Mettam & Annetts): 36 (13, 0, 0 & 4, 9, 10)

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