Bracknell Bees 3 Milton Keynes Lightning 2By Alan Manicom
January 05, 2009
Peter Jasik celebrated his birthday a day early last night with the winning goal in Bees’ first English Premier League victory of the New Year.
The Slovakian forward, who is 29 today, settled a pulsating game by following up his own rebound to score.
Bees, who had lost 2-1 away to Milton Keynes the previous evening, were quickly a goal down, Adam Carr netting on a delayed penalty with a little more than four minutes on the clock.
And it took until midway through second session for Bees to get back on level terms, when Andrius Kaminskas fired a terrific shot high into the net.
Roman Kelner then put Bees ahead at 37.44 with his first goal for the club, the big Czech forward beating Milton Keynes netminder Barry Hollyhead on the turn.
There were fireworks on the hooter at the end of the second period as a niggly match spilled over with various scuffles breaking out.
When the dust had settled, Bees’ young British forward Ryan Watt was dismissed with a match penalty for his bust-up with Milton Keynes’ Grant McPherson, who needed hospital treatment and did not return to the ice.
Further penalties against player-coach Adam Bicknell (slashing) and Sam Oakford (for illegal equipment) left Bees disadvantaged five-on-three.
And Milton Keynes piled on the pressure, eventually equalising through Lukas Zatopek at 43.59.
But less than two minutes later Jasik brought a vociferous crowd to their feet with his dramatic winner at 45.34.
Despite being outshot 16-3 in the final session, battling Bees demonstrated a terrific determination to hang onto their lead and clinched a deserved revenge win.
Jasik was presented with a bottle of wine as an early birthday present after the match, while a presentation was also made to equipment manager Brian Miller for his 60th birthday which was last Friday.
And it was a night of celebration too for Adam Greener, who marked his first game back on home ice after completing his two-year drugs ban by helping his team to a much-needed victory.
Milton Keynes Lightning 2 Bracknell Bees 1
Bees failed to capitalise on an early goal by Jan Melichar on Saturday as they slipped to defeat in a match that started 10 minutes late due to the team’s bus being held up in traffic following an accident on the M25.
Czech defenceman Melichar wasted no time getting started, though, as he netted with just over three minutes on the clock.
But two goals from Finnish forward Andre Smulter gave Milton Keynes victory.
Smulter levelled before the end of the first period then, after a goalless middle session, cracked the winner past Gregg Rockman 27 seconds into the final period.
Netminder Rockman was still named Bees’ man of the match after turning away all but two of Milton Keynes’ 38 shots on his goal.