Bracknell Bees 1 Swindon Wildcats 3By Alan Manicom
December 08, 2008
Tom Duggan was taken to hospital after a bust-up with Swindon’s Shane Moore last night.
Bees’ 18-year-old Reading-born forward suffered a suspected broken collarbone and dislocated shoudler.
It happened in the last of THREE fights in a stormy English Premier League clash at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex.
The game was only four seconds old when Joe Greener and Swindon’s Lee Brathwaite dropped the gloves.
Both players received two-plus-two-minute roughing penalties, but Brathwaite came off the worse.
He later needed hospital treatment for a cut above an eye.
Two seconds after the game restarted, Andrius Kaminskas went toe to toe with Swindon’s Nicky Watt.
His brother Ryan was icing for Bees.
It was clear that the players felt there was unfinished business left over from the last time the sides met a fortnight ago.
When Swindon won a physical clash 3-2.
And it was Swindon, led by ex-Bees player-coach Ryan Aldridge, who opened the scoring through Matthew Davies.
Just 19 seconds later Duggan and Moore began tussling.
The Bees player wasslammed into the boards and then fell under his opponent.
Neither played any further part in the game and Duggan was taken to the Royal Berks.
Moore was ejected with a match penalty to go with the two-plus-two minute roughing penalties that were given to all of the combatants.
Bees fell further behind early in the middle session when Canadian forward John Wheaton made it 2-0.
A short-handed goal by Greener less than four minutes later gave a depleted Bees’ side some hope of recovering.
But Swindon wrapped up the scoring midway through the final period through Joel Petkoff.
It was cruel luck on Bees, who were piling on the pressure when Kaminskas broke a stick when his shot was blocked.
The Lithuanian defenceman was left with no option but to discard it, allowing Petkoff to skate clear .
He dinked a soft shot past Tom Annetts, who was deputising for injured first-choice netminder Gregg Rockman.
Injuries also deprived Bees this weekend of their big Czech forward Roman Kelner and defencemen Sam Oakford and Scott Moody.
Player-coach Adam Bicknell, who has rested the last month in a bid to solve a knee cartilage problem, battled valiantly.
Bees outshot their opponents 15-5 in the third period and might have snatched a goal just before the final buzzer.
They worked the puck to give Steve Gannaway an open shot in the slot.
But he was unable to find a way past Swindon goalie Ladislav Kudrna.
Bees stay sixth in the table, 12 points behind leaders Guildford Flames, who have played three games more.
Telford Tigers 3 Bracknell Bees 7
Joe Greener scored a hat-trick as depleted Bees clinched a vital win on Saturday in an EPL match .
The game also counted towards the Cup qualifying table.
First-period goals from Peter Jasik and Jan Melichar put Bees in control, only for Telford to hit back to lead 3-2.
Claude Dumas and Ashley Calvert scored within 43 seconds of each other just before the halfway mark.
Then Marek Hornak then edged Telford in front.
But Bees improved their chances of retaining the EPL Cup by slamming in four unanswered goals to clinch the victory.
The win puts them on course to finish in the top four and qualify for the semi-finals.
As the second period drew to a close, Greener turned the game around with two goals in the space of 35 seconds.
Then Dan Davies netted his first goal for the club 54 seconds later to make it 5-3.
Danny House further increased Bees’ lead midway through the final period .
Greener completed the scoring less than a minute later with his hat-trick goal.