Dumas: I thought it was overBy Adam Lee
November 25, 2009
With five minutes left in Bracknell Bees’ home match with Slough Jets on Sunday night, player/coach Claude Dumas had all but accepted defeat to their local rivals for the fourth time this season.
With his side trailing 3-1 in a dull encounter, little did Dumas know that his players were ready to pull off one of the great escape acts of the EPIHL season so far.
First Jaroslav Cesky scored a powerplay goal to reduce the deficit, and then scored again with just over three minutes left to make it 3-3.
Then in overtime, with Slough penalised for having too many imports on the ice, Cesky again took advantage to power in his 21st goal of the season and win the game for Bees.
But after Slough had dominated for large periods of the game, out-shooting the home side two to one and hitting the frame of the goal three times, Dumas believed his side’s luck had run out with the game at 3-1.
“It’s not easy to score against Slough and they were playing good hockey,” said Dumas.
“With five minutes to go we were definitely playing catch up, but when they took a penalty we knew we had to score and we did.
“We then put a lot of pressure on them and got the third to tie the game up.
“We almost scored in the last 30 seconds as well, and it shows that sometimes one goal can swing the momentum.
“We never stopped working and we got our reward, then when they took the penalty in overtime I really believed we could go on and win it.
A bumper crowd turned out to watch Sunday’s derby game, and although the performance didn’t match Bees’ recent displays at the Hive, Dumas insists his side haven’t always had the rub of the green this season.
“These things swing around – we’ve played well and lost this season, but when it was time for us to take our chances we did,” he said.
“Often we get out-shot over the game, but we get away with the win because we take our chances and taking advantage of the powerplays.
“We stuck to our game plan and played for the full 60 minutes – we got a bit lucky, but we took our chances.”