Satur­day night was a game for every­one to re­mem­ber

Fea­tured in the pa­per ev­ery week, 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 - With Bees coach Doug Shep­pard

WHAT bet­ter way to re­new league hockey in 2019 last week­end than to win both games, home and away. But it wasn’t just the points that were im­por­tant.

The play­ers wanted to con­tinue the progress they had made.

The fans wanted to know how much they had to look for­ward to in the com­ing months.

Our vis­i­tors on Satur­day were Peter­bor­ough, the only team we had yet to beat.

A win against them would sig­nal how com­pet­i­tive we would be as the re­main­ing league games were played.

We also knew that next month the two teams would be com­pet­ing against each other in the semi-fi­nals of the cup.

The game didn’t dis­ap­point.

Strong start

We had started strongly in the first pe­riod, tak­ing a well-de­served lead. How­ever, in the se­cond pe­riod Peter­bor­ough pushed on and scored two quick goals.

The ten­sion mounted in the third pe­riod as we bat­tled to draw level.

We with­drew our net­min­der and the team equalised in the last few min­utes. So we had the drama of over­time.

As Shaun Thomp­son raised his arms in the air hav­ing scored the win­ning goal his team mates rushed on to the ice to cel­e­brate and the fans roared their sup­port.

This was an even­ing for every­one to re­mem­ber, an­other great hockey night at the Hive.

Per­haps un­der­stand­ably, we had to bat­tle hard on Sun­day for a win when we trav­elled to Mil­ton Keynes.

This week­end we are look­ing for­ward to a lo­cal derby in Bas­ingstoke this Satur­day and then we en­ter­tain Lon­don Raiders on

Sun­day.

The Hive is buzzing. Come and join us.

Bees Man-of-the-match Josh Martin

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