Bison bounce back

BASINGSTOKE, UK – The Bison bounced back to winnings way as they beat the visiting Telford Tigers 5-1 on Saturday.
The Herd welcomed back forward Andy Melachrino from injury and he ended up plus three on the evening and also picked up a assist as well.
After a slow start the home side took the lead from leading goal scorer Greg Owen and they led 2-0 at the break as Jaroslav Cesky netted.
The home side made it 3-0 from Doug Sheppard, before Telford scored their lone strike from Callum Bowley on the powerplay 9.1 seconds before the second buzzer.
The final 20 minutes Greg Chambers and Owen added further goals to make the game safe.
“It was important for us to win after losing our last three games. It may not have been our best performance, but it was a step in the right direction,” said Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard.
The following night the Bison were looking to avenge a home defeat against Sheffield Steeldogs just before Christmas as they travelled to Yorkshire.
The home side opened the scoring from former Bison favourite Greg Wood,   but thnaks to strikes from Canadians Sheppard, Chambers and Rand the Herd led 3-1 at 25:17.
The Bison then lost Melachrino injured after a check which will put once again out of the line-up.
Wood scored his second to keep the game on a knife edge and then with five minutes left the Steeldogs top penalty taker Andre Payette was dismissed receiving a match penalty for head butting.
However, despite being shorthanded Sheffield levelled the game from Lee Haywood and then in overtime were given a powerplay which the Herd killed off taking the game into a shoot-out.
Both Steeldogs shooters Pavel Gomeniuk and Wood were successful, while Chambers and Cesky failed to find the net.
“Once again we failed to play a 60 minute game and that has cost us,” said Sheppard.
The shoot-out loss saw the Bison slip to a point behind the EPL leaders Guildford Flames and on Sunday these sides meet for the fifth time this season.
At the moment this game looks like it could go a long way to deciding the title even if it is only the middle of January.
It is a big weekend for the Flames as they have a trip to Manchester the day before and the Bison also have a tricky game as they face Slough Jets.
Even if the Herd lead the series 3-0 they know the game is not going to be easy.
Contact the author Graham.Merry@Prohockeynews.com

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