Versatile Bomber is happy to help outBy Alan Manicom
November 28, 2008
Andrius Kaminskas will once again switch from a forward to a defenceman this weekend to help Bracknell Bees over their current injury crisis.
And the versatile Lithuanian international has assured player-coach Adam Bicknell that he is willing to patrol the blue line for as long as necessary.
Kaminskas, known as Bomber by his team-mates for his massive hits, will cover for injured defencemen Sam Oakford (groin strain) and Scott Moody (knee) in tomorrow’s game at Isle Of Wight Raiders (6pm face-off) and Sunday’s match at home to Guildford Flames (6pm).
And with Bees signing forwards Roman Kelner and Ryan Watt in the last fortnight, it may be a position that he occupies for some while.
The impending return of defenceman Adam Greener from a two-year drug ban after Christmas should allow him to revert to playing as a forward.
Kaminskas, though, has no qualms about how long he will be needed on defence.
“Maybe it will be for a couple of weeks until Scott and Sam recover, maybe it will be for the rest of the season. I really don’t mind as long as it helps the team,” said Kaminskas.
“If we win, I will play in goal,” he joked.
“I played in defence right up until I first came to Britain four-and-a-half years ago, and I still play in the position for my national side. Playing as a forward has helped the offensive side of my game for things like rushing the puck.”
Kaminskas is expecting a tough game tomorrow against an Isle of Wight side who beat English Premier League leaders Guildford 5-4 at home last Saturday, only to lose 8-3 the following night at bottom-of-the-table Romford Raiders.
“Isle of Wight are always a tough test in their own rink,” he warned.
There is an added incentive to win Sunday’s clash against Guildford as it not only counts in the league, but also as an EPL Cup qualifier.
Bees are currently third in the EPL Cup table with just four matches to play and victory would take them a step nearer a top-four finish and a place in the semi-finals.
Kaminskas said: “This game means a lot because we want to advance in the cup and we’ve already lost to them twice this season so we want to change that.”