Bracknell Bees 0 Swindon Wildcats 2By Alan Manicom
October 06, 2008
Joe Baird was dismissed from the ice last night as Bracknell Bees suffered their second English Premier League defeat of the weekend.
The Bees defenceman received a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct late in the second period after tangling with Swindon’s Michael Farn at the Hive last night.
Baird’s place in defence was taken by Andrius Kaminskas, who switched from Bees’ second line of attack.
By then Bees were a goal down and heading towards their first home defeat of the season, in a match that also counts as an EPL Cup qualifier.
John Wheaton had fired Swindon into the lead midway through the first session and the Canadian hotshot doubled the Wiltshire club’s advantage early in the third period. But Swindon’s real hero of the night was their impressive Czech netminder Ladislav Kudrna.
The former Hull Stingrays goalie turned away a total of 44 shots for his shut-out.
Bees will be deeply unhappy, though, to lose a game in which they outshot their opponents 18-2 in the final session – and yet still managed to concede the only goal during the 20 minutes.
In truth, they failed to create many clear-cut opportunities against the best netminder seen at the Hive so far this season.
And Jeff Hutchins demonstrated Bees’ deep frustration by throwing his stick high into the air after Kudrna had pouched another of the Canadian power forward’s attempts on goal.
Kudrna was named his team’s man of the match, while skilful young British forward Tom Duggan took the honour for Bees, who have slipped three places in the league to sixth.
Slough Jets 4 Bracknell Bees 1
Bees crashed to defeat on Saturday, despite taking a first-period lead against the league leaders.
Versatile Lithuanian international Andrius Kaminskas had given Adam Bicknell’s men the perfect start in the big Berkshire derby, which also counts towards the EPL Cup table.
But Michael Bowman levelled for Slough, who went ahead through Carl Thompson.
Veteran player-coach Steve Moria made it 3-1 before Bees lost Joe Greener to a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
And ex-Bee Nicky Chinn, who now captains Slough, wrapped up the scoring.
Bees’ man of the match was defenceman Scott Moody.
More news from the Bees in the Evening Post tomorrow.