Hav­ing Ro­man back was a big boost

Fea­tured in the pa­per ev­ery Thurs­day, Brack­nell Bees head coach Doug Sheppard gives his lat­est views on Brack­nell’s season on and off the ice in an ex­clu­sive column.

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT -

AN­OTHER hard-fought, edge of the seat hockey match last week­end in the Hive. With just one fix­ture, we wanted to carry on mo­men­tum and not lose points to Swin­don, the cur­rent league lead­ers. A win in over­time – our first of the season – was wellde­served.

Vanya Antonov was not avail­able for the game. In ad­di­tion to his hockey, he has a heavy aca­demic com­mit­ment.

We are al­ways happy to sup­port a young player build­ing a fu­ture for him­self.

It also gives other mem­bers of the squad the op­por­tu­nity to step up and take more re­spon­si­bil­ity on such oc­ca­sions.

We were pleased to wel­come Ro­man Malinik back on the ice.

He had re­ceived a penalty a few weeks pre­vi­ously.

It took some time for that to be re­viewed and changed, dur­ing which he was un­able to ice for us.

With a few sec­onds of over­time left, he car­ried the puck up the ice and set up the win­ning goal. That was a great way to draw a line un­der an un­for­tu­nate episode.

It has not been easy hav­ing to sit out a few games when you should have been to be on the ice play­ing for your team.

This week­end we have a lo­cal derby in Bas­ingstoke on Satur­day and then travel up to Peter­bor­ough on Sun­day.

Safe trav­el­ling to those of you mak­ing the jour­ney with us.

See you all back in the Hive on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8.

Bees man-of-the-match Har­vey Stead

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