Bison are too good for Lightning and Jets Herd are happy with four-point weekend

BASINGSTOKE, UK – The Bison enjoyed a four point weekend after a 6-2 road win over the Milton Keynes Lightning and 7-2 success on home ice against the Slough Jets.

The clash with the Lightning was expected to be a close affair, being the last encounter before the two sides clashed in the EPL Cup final next month.

However, the Herd forgot to read the script and raced into a 3-0 lead by the first buzzer, as the returning Andy Melachrino scored in between two strikes from Joe Greener.Bison Logo

The second session saw British forward Greener complete his first hat-trick of the season, before Stuart Mogg scored his first ever EPL goal to extend the lead to five.

The home side on the powerplay then broke their duck from Stanislav Lascek.

The final period saw the sides swap goals, as Tomas Karpov scored for the Bison and Michael Farn for MK.

The following night, the Bison again raced away to a 5-0 lead, but this time by the first buzzer, as Ciaran Long, Aaron Connolly, Andy Melachrino, Connolly again and Joe Rand shorthanded all scored.

The short staffed Slough side scored the only goal of the middle session from Matt Towalski, as they took their shot count to five after 40 minutes.

The final session saw the Bison’s leading scorer Karpov grab a brace, while Eddie Temple celebrated his first EPL goal for the Jets.

“It was a great weekend, all the lines have played really well. Our aim was four points and we have achieved this in a very good way,” said Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard.

The Herd are next in action on Wednesday night on the road against the Sheffield Steeldogs and then on Saturday face a top-of-the-table clash when the Manchester Phoenix are in town.

So far home rule has been the order of day in this series and the Herd will hope this continues.

Contact the author Graham.Merry@Prohockeynews.com

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