Match report

6 - 2
Bracknell Bees

After completing their first four point weekend of the season Swindon returned to home ice to take on Bracknell looking for their third win in row. Boosted with the return of Floyd Taylor the Cats took the lead early on.


Some lovely tic-tac-toe passing saw the Wildcats lethal top line of Höög-Nell-Malasinski linked up. Malasinski stopped the puck for Jonas Höög who fed the puck back into the slot for player-coach Aaron Nell to fire the puck under the arm of Mettam and into the net at 5:16.


Bracknell created a couple of chances through Luka Basic and Scott Spearing, both players forcing Stevie Lyle into glove saves. At 9:21 Swindon doubled their advantage. Lee Richardson fed a brilliant through pass to Jonas Höög who found himself through on goal. Despite challenge from the Bracknell defence, Jonas found room whilst on his knees to fire low past Mettam.


The Bees continued to settle into the game, despite Tomasz Malasinski clanging the puck off the post. With the Cats on the powerplay the puck was mishandled at the point and Lukas Smital was through on goal. The Bees player-coach sped into the Cats zone and slid the puck under Stevie Lyle. The period ended shortly after with the Cats holding the single goal lead.


The second period began with the Cats under a bit of pressure. Swindon found themselves in a bit of penalty trouble which led the Bees to some good scoring chances. Lukas Smital and Harvey Stead both having good chances frozen by Lyle.


Almost out of nowhere the Cats found their third goal of the evening when Tomasz Malasinski won the puck along the boards and fed the puck to Aaron Nell who had all the time in the world to pick his spot in the corner and make it 3-1.


Wildcats continued to test Mettam with Kostal firing a shot off the pipes before the Cats scored their fourth goal of the evening. Mark Smith made a pass from behind his own net up ice to Aaron Nell, the Cats player-coach moved Mettam out of position and fired home to complete his hat-trick. There was enough time for one last Bracknell attack when Matt Foord had a shot turned away out of play as the second period came to a close.


The Wildcats settled in knowing a third period of solid defensive hockey would be enough to secure the win. The Bees created some offence early on through Luka Basic but Lyle was better to it. The Cats managed to extend their lead again when Jonas Höög sped down the left wing, cut inside and fired the puck from a tight angle into the corner of the net. With the Bees on the powerplay, they were creating more chances.


With the game heading towards finishing, the Bees pulled a goal back. Some quick hands in front of the net led Carl Thompson to tap the puck home at the back door doubling the Bees tally to two goals. In the dying moments of the game Jan Kostal was fed the puck by Sam Bullas and slammed the puck into the net to confirm the Wildcats third win in a row and a 6-2 victory.


Man of the Match


Swindon Wildcats - Aaron Nell

Bracknell Bees - Carl Thompson