Dumas still in shock after Bracknell Bees are mauledBy Adam Lee
March 10, 2010
Bracknell Bees player/coach Claude Dumas is still lost for words after a humiliating 8-0 defeat away at play-off rivals Swindon Wildcats on Saturday night.
Just two weeks before, Bees had produced a fine 6-3 win at home to Swindon, the team that sit one place below them in the EPIHL table.
But a complete contrast of fortunes saw Bees crumble this time around thanks to a masterclass in finishing from the home team.
“I still don’t know what happened,” said Dumas.
“We prepared ourselves and had played a good game against them a few weeks ago.
“But we made a mistake for the first goal and every other mistake we made after that they scored from. We gave them five breakaways in the game and they scored every one.
“We gave them 38 shots all game, which is quite reasonable, but we were just punished for our mistakes. It was one of those games where it all seemed to happen so quickly and by the end of the second period we just couldn’t believe it.
“They took their opportunities and we didn’t put pressure on them.
“We were very disappointed for everybody involved with the club – we just didn’t expect that.”
The victory leaves Wildcats just two points behind Bees with six games left to play before the league season ends.
However, Bees are still in the driving seat for eighth spot having won more matches and boasting a superior goal difference.
And, crucially, Dumas’ men still have two home games left to play against basement-boys Romford Raiders, while on paper, Swindon’s easiest game is an away trip to Sheffield Scimitars.
All these factors leave Dumas confident of securing that final play-off spot, despite Saturday’s trouncing.
“If we do our job we should beat Romford in both games with them, but they almost beat Basingstoke a couple of weeks ago so things are really unpredictable,” he said.
“Swindon need to pick up points to get ahead of us, but we are in the lead so we are the favourites – I would prefer to be in our situation than theirs.
“It’s now down to who finishes stronger and who can pull off a couple of upsets.”
Thankfully, Bees raised their game dramatically on Sunday night in their home fixture, but eventually came unstuck against the league’s in-form side Basingstoke Bison.
In the end, it was the goalscoring prowess of Bison’s Slovakian ace Ondrej Lauko that proved the difference between the teams as he grabbed four in the 6-4 win.
But it was some dubious refereeing calls that left Dumas seething.
Firstly, with Bees leading 3-2, the puck was dropped early at a face-off with the Bees players not lined up in preparation, leaving Shaun Thompson with a routine tap in at the far post.
“The referee put the puck in when we weren’t ready,” moaned Dumas.
“They’re all big games right now and you think they could just wait for the guys to be ready and we weren’t.
“That left a bit of a sour taste because I felt they could have just been a bit more patient.
“The puck was dropped quickly and Basingstoke won the face-off.
“Our players weren’t ready and they caught us out and scored. Sometimes the referees should realise it’s a close game and they shouldn’t drop it just because they feel that we were being too slow.”
Then, with the game in its dying stages, netminder Carl Ambler was penalised for a trip on Lauko.
With his goalie still seething minutes after the incident, Dumas criticised referee Nigel Boniface for inciting Ambler even further.
In an exchange of words between the two, whatever the former Romford goalie said to Boniface earned him a 10-minute misconduct penalty and will also rule him out of Saturday’s game.
“He (Boniface) could have walked away from the situation,” added the Bees player/coach.
“The ref had had a pretty decent game and he could see that the players were frustrated.
“He just needed not to respond and turn his back and walk away – he should have seen what was up and just let it go, but I felt he was waiting for a reaction.”
Dumas went on to criticise the ref for failing to punish ex-Bee Nicky Chinn when he threw his stick across the ice in frustration.
He said: “It’s alright for someone like Chinn to show his frustration by throwing his stick and not get the call, but for a bit of moaning Ambler gets a 10-minute penalty.
“I just wish there was a bit more consistency.”
Bees will need to stay fired up if they are to have any chance of increasing the gap between themselves and Swindon when they play the first of their two vital home games against Romford on Saturday (6pm face-off).
They then make the daunting trip north to play Manchester Phoenix (5.30pm).
Swindon Wildcats 8 Bracknell Bees 0: Period: 4-0, 3-0, 1-0. Shots: 38-30. PIM: 26-26. Wildcats: Nell 3+1, Richardson 1+3, Cassels 1+2, Kohut 1+1, Krajicek, Bullas 1+0, Fiddes 0+2, Endicott, Douglas, Taylor 0+1.
Bracknell Bees 4 Basingstoke Bison 6: Period: 2-1, 1-2, 3-1. Shots: 35-48. PIM: 46-12. Bees: Calvert, Best 1+1, Bicknell, Pinc 1+0, J.Randall 0+2, Cesky, Dumas 0+1. Bison: Lauko 4+0, Thompson, Hemmings 1+0, Moria, Oakford, Wiggins, Kieras, Chinn 0+1.