Saturday evening saw the ice hockey action return in front of a packed out Swindon Ice Arena. The Wildcats looking to bounce back after their overtime loss in Telford the Sunday before.
The Cats started by flying out of the block when Aaron Nell scored at 3:09 after being fed the puck by Jonas Höög who'd worked well to win the puck at the blue-line. The Cats continued to dominate the early part of the game with Max Birbraer and Jan Kostal working hard and creating chances but were both saved by Ashley Smith. The Pirates began to make saves after denying Jason Hewitt and Ryan Watt.
At 10:50 the Cats scored again Sam Bullas tipped in the puck from Max Birbraer and Jonas Höög. A move neatly finished by the Cats forward right into the top of the net. The Pirates quickly turned the game on its head by scoring 2 quick fire goals. Josh Gent finished off a neat Pirates move by poking the puck in close. The Pirates had tied the game up at 15:41 when Jason Hewitt picked out the top corner of Lyle's net.
The middle period was a cagey affair but the Cats opened the scoring of it with a neat goal from Tomasz Malasinski at 24:28. The Polish international skated down the right wing and cut the puck in from an unbelievably tight angle, past a stunned Ashley Smith. The Pirates were still causing Swindon headaches when Jaroslav Sarsok and Jason Hewitt forced Lyle into some spectacular pad saves with the clock running down.
The Pirates scored again at 48:35, Jason Hewitt completed a good flowing move tucking the puck in past Lyle with the assists going to Nathan Salem and Jordan Stokes. The final ten minutes the Cats were dominant again and the game was sealed thanks to three final period goals from Aaron Nell. Firstly the Cats player-coach converted after some loose defending from Hull allowed Nell to coast in and fire the puck through traffic and into the goal.
Nell went rapid for the next two minutes by scoring his third and fourth goals on the night. Nell completed his hat-trick on the powerplay after a cannon of a shot from the blue-line made its way through traffic with the assists going to Jonas Höög and Tomasz Malasinski. The goal bought a moment to celebrate with the assist giving Jonas Höög 500 EPL career points, each and every one coming for the Swindon Wildcats.
Nell wasn't finished there found himself through on goal after being well set up by Jonas Höög and tucked the puck under the legs of Smith with a lovely backhanded finish. Hull did manage a late consolation goal through Jaroslav Sarsok shot through traffic for their fourth of the night at 57:08.
The game finished with another Wildcats win but the night was all about the man of the moment with five assists on the night, Jonas Höög well and truly cemented his place in Swindon Wildcats history.
Man of the match:
Swindon Wildcats - Jonas Höög
Hull Pirates - Jason Hewitt