Bracknell Bees 3 Slough Jets 2By Adam Lee
January 03, 2011
Bracknell Bees won their second home game on the spin as they saw off Slough Jets in the EPIHL Berkshire derby on Sunday night.
It was the second time in a week that Bees have beaten one of the league’s leading teams at the Hive as they aim to climb off the foot of the table and back into play-off contention.
But they left it late as the winning goal arrived with little over three minutes remaining, courtesy of in-form Peter Jasik.
Bees went into the game in high spirits, despite a 7-3 loss at Basingstoke the night before.
Three goals conceded in the final five minutes cost Bracknell dear against Basingstoke on Saturday, and it seemed they were keen to make amends against Jets on Sunday.
The only goal of the first period came on 11.53 as Joe Greener laid the puck on a plate for Dan Davies, who made no mistake from close in.
It was a fair reflection of the game, as Slough had edged the period and enjoyed the better of the chances.
Indeed, they felt decidely hard done by as it could easily have been 2-0 after Doug Sheppard had earlier claims for a goal ignored.
Sheppard shot past goalie Carl Ambler from close range only to see the puck rebound off the frame of the goal, with the Slough players claiming it had crossed the goal-line.
And the visitors had call to air their grievances again in the second period when Bees were awarded a goal in what seemed very similar circumstances.
Having already drawn level thanks to a clinical finish from Michal Pinc, Bees went in front when Peter Jasik’s shot hit the frame and bounced out.
But, with the Bees players seemingly accepting that the puck hadn’t gone in, the referee decided otherwise, much to the disgust of the Slough players.
With their backs up, Slough spent the remaidner of the period camped in the Bees defensive zone.
And, with import defenceman Valdemar Pelikovsky thrown out of the game for abusing the officials, it was a backs-against-the-wall job for Bracknell.
And the pressure took its toll as Darius Pliskauskas fired Slough level from a tight angle on 31.59.
Bees looked decidedly nervy in the opening stages of the final period, and seemed content to take the game into over time and earn at least a point.
However, following a Bees counter-attack in the final few minutes, Pinc laid the puck back for Jasik who bundled home from close range to put his side on the brink of victory.
And, although they conceded a sloppy last-minute penalty for too many men on the ice, Slough couldn’t make the advantage pay, and Bees held on for another fine win.