Angry Parrish to check on boozy Bees claimBy Alan Manicom
April 01, 2008
Dwight Parrish plans to investigate allegations of late-night drinking by certain members of Bracknell Bees’ squad on the eve of their humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Slough Jets in the English Premier League Championship play-offs.
Bees had looked to be on course for finals weekend at Coventry on April 12 and 13 after winning 3-2 at their Berkshire neighbours on Saturday.
But Sunday’s abject display means they now need to win both their remaining group games, against Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend, to be certain of qualifying. And there have have been reports on a Bees supporters’ website that players were seen the worse for wear after over-celebrating the previous evening.
Bees’ player-boss said: “We certainly never had any alcohol in the dressing-room after the win in Slough. We went back to the Bracknell rink afterwards. I went home and I assumed the guys did the same. But I have heard the rumours and I will be investigating.”
Bees were a pale shadow of the side that battled so well on Saturday and Parrish said: “It was an embarrassing display for any type of game, let alone one in the play-offs. I could have handled losing if we’d put everything into it, but what happened was depressing.”
Bees were not helped by losing top scorer Michal Kanka early in the first period to a knee injury.
But Parrish refused to use that as an excuse, insisting: “I do not know how interested he was on Sunday, to be fair. He is the only one who knows whether he could have carried on.
“We will see what the physio says about his knee before making a decision on whether he plays this weekend. But I would rather have somebody giving 100 per cent on the ice.”
Sam Oakford will also need a fitness test after returning with Bees team-mate Jamie Line from international duty in Estonia. The pair helped Great Britain Under-18s to the silver medal in Division 2 Group B of the World Championships, but Oakford missed the final game due to a shoulder injury.