Dumas is delighted as Bees copy CanadaBy Adam Lee
March 03, 2010
Bracknell Bees player/coach Claude Dumas has promised to have a celebratory beer after his side emulated the achievements of his native Canada with an overtime win on Sunday night.
Canada pipped arch rivals USA to the gold medal at the Winter Olympics final with a 3-2 extra period victory, shortly after Bees beat Peterborough Phantoms 5-4 at the Hive in the EPIHL, also in overtime.
Dumas, who hails from Thetford Mines in the French-speaking Canadian province Quebec, was told of his country’s victory, courtesy of a goal from prodigal 22-year-old Sidney Crosby, by his fiance when he was driving home from Bees’ own vital victory.
The news capped a great evening for Dumas, who’s side held on for the win despite letting slip a three-goal lead.
Adam Bicknell’s first goal since returning to the Hive was followed by a strike from stand-in forward Andrius Kaminskas to give Bees a 2-0 first-period lead.
Jaroslav Cesky then made it 3-0 early in the second as Bees looked certain to avenge a 6-1 thrashing from the Phantoms in Cambridgeshire the previous night.
However, blood injuries to Shane Moore and captain Terry Miles left Bees short on numbers, and Phantoms fought back to take a 4-3 lead with just three minutes of the game left.
But, when a double penalty to the visitors left Bees with a five-on-three powerplay, Greg Randall stepped up to fire Bracknell into overtime and a guaranteed point.
It took just 47 seconds of the extra period for Bees to claim both points as Kaminskas scored his second of the game, picking up the man-of-the-match award in the process.
“We started well, but you can’t plan for the injuries and we ran out of steam in the third – Peterborough saw that and really put the pressure on us,” said Dumas.
“But we believed we could get something from the game and we took our chance when we had a five on three.
“It was a big, big win for us – we worked damn hard and I was very happy for the players because I thought over the 60 minutes we were the better team.
“We were down to pretty much two lines at one stage and that made it very difficult.
“Two points is always big at this time of the year.
“My fiance called me when I was on my way home from the game and told me (about Canada),” he added.
“It’s great for the country and I’m very, very proud.
“I think I’ll have a pint for them to celebrate, I just wish I could have been there watching.
“Overall we won 14 gold medals, but the cherry on the cake was the hockey win – it’s what everyone wanted and for it to be against the USA just makes it even better.”
Dumas also paid tribute to his captain Miles, who despite going to hospital for stitches after taking a high stick to the face, returned later in the game to boost Bees’ tiring second line.
“That’s the type of team we have this year – we work for each other,” said Dumas.
“We were a bit short at the time when he came back so he really gave us a lift.
“He plays with a lot of passion and it was a close game so he felt he could help us out and I’m glad he did – it was a real plus for us.”
This weekend Bees face a crucial away game at play-off rivals Swindon Wildcats on Saturday (5.45pm face-off) before hosting Basingstoke Bison on Sunday (6pm).
Peterborough Phantoms 6 Bracknell Bees 1: Period: 3-0, 2-0, 1-1. Shots: 42-34. PIM: 26-8. Phantoms: Ziedins 1+2, Knight 1+1, Spurr, Ferrara, Miller, Gough 1+0, Compton 0+2, Newman, Carlon, Tait, Morgan 0+1. Bees: Randall 1+0, Cesky, Pinc 0+1.
Bracknell Bees 5 Peterborough Phantoms 4: Period: 1-0, 2-1, 1-3, 1-0. Shots: 43-41. PIM: 22-45. Bees: Kaminskas 2+1, Cesky 1+1, Bicknell, Randall 1+0, Dumas 0+2, House, Moore, Pinc 0+1. Phantoms: Miller 2+1, Gough 1+2, Spurr 1+0, Newman, Ziedins, Morgan 0+1.