BASINGSTOKE, UK – Dean Skinns became the first Basingstoke-born netminder to record a shutout for his hometown team in the Herd’s 2-0 win over the Slough Jets.
The 29-year-old also became only the second cageman to have had shutouts both for and against the Herd, as last season in a Swindon Wildcats jersey he blanked the Bison, the other being Canadian Curtis Cruickshank.
It was Basingstoke’s 36th shutout in total, with Skinns making 20 saves to be added to the list.
He has twice shared shutouts before with Stephen Foster and Robert Schistad, which were in his debut season with the Bison in 2001/02.
In fact, the first of them was in Slough which is where he made his debut as 16-year-old for a sick Foster for the final period in what was a crunch Findus Cup tie.
The victory back in September 2001 booked a semi-final and so did the latest win this time in the EPL Cup.
Another Basingstoke-born player, Cam Wynn, also enjoyed the victory as he scored the game winner on his first shift of the night in the tenth minute.
Slough then hit the pipework twice from Dan Davies and Slava Koulikov and the Bison also survived nearly a minute of a 5-on-3.
The final goal of the game was timed at 60:00 and was fired into the empty net by Aaron Connolly.
The previous night the Herd grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat as Tomas Karpov scored the game-tying goal in Peterborough with just 25 seconds left.
The same forward then scored the winner in overtime as the visitors came back from 3-1 down to take the win, 4-3.
The home side, thanks to Erik Piatak, scored the only goal of the first period and after Joe Rand levelled in the second session, Marcel Petran and Luke Ferrara looked to have set Peterborough on their way to victory.
Joe Greener pulled the Herd right back into the game to make it 3-2, before man-of-the-match Karpov netted two late goals to add to his two assists.
“It was a great weekend as we picked up all four points, but we have some things to work on.
“In the Slough game we picked up far too many penalties and even if our penalty kill was good. We are at us best we are playing 5-on-5 hockey,” said Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard.
This weekend, Peterborough head to Basingstoke for a quick return and with the worst road record in the league.
The Herd have won the last four meetings on home ice and will be hoping to make it a fifth straight win.
On Sunday night, the Bison head north to face title rivals the Manchester Phoenix in a game which will go a long way to deciding the final top four placings in the EPL Cup group.
The Phoenix have lost just once in 10 home starts and that was in a penalty shoot-out to Telford, so it is going to be a tough road trip, but Manchester has been a happy hunting ground for the Herd in the past.
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