Lead grows after winning weekend
BRACKNELL BEES have extended their lead atop South 1 after a second four-point weekend of the campaign.
Doug Sheppard’s men now have a record of 6-1, bouncing back from last Sunday’s defeat at Streatham to beat Raiders 3-2 and Milton Keynes Thunder 2-0 to go four points clear of the chasing pack.
Bees beat Raiders 6-4 on the opening day, but they faced a tough test in the reverse fixture on Saturday.
After a goalless first period, Jack Sylvester broke the deadlock for the hosts to give them a 1-0 lead heading into the third.
Shaun Thompson levelled up just 31 seconds into the final stanza and the comeback was complete less than a minute later when Vanya Antonov tucked in.
Filip Sedivy equalised, but a powerplay strike by Harvey Stead earned a 3-2 win.
Back at The Hive on Sunday, Bees impressed against a struggling MK side, still seeking their first win.
James Galazzi, Stead and Aidan Doughty were all denied early on by netminder Jordan Lawday as the home side dominated the puck.
Former Bracknell man Rio Grinell-Parke went close for Thunder, thwarted by Dean Skinns, before Lawday was called into action again to stop Antonov.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 12th minute when Scott Spearing picked out Edward Knaggs, who in turn found Roman Malinik to fire home with a wrist shot.
The second period followed a similar pattern, with Bracknell on the front foot and Lawday in-form between the pipes.
But it was 2-0 before the half hour mark as Knaggs and Thompson exchanged passes before Josh Martin tucked in.
Martin was then forced to sit out, along with Grant McPherson, for a double fighting minor.
The extra space on the ice led to more chances, but no more goals followed as Bees ran out comfortable winners.
Roman Malinik at the face off