BASINGSTOKE, UK – The Bison extended their current winning streak to four games thanks to a doubleheader success over the Milton Keynes Lightning last weekend.
The Herd won the opener on the road 6-3 and then the return 3-2 on home ice.
The first game saw Joe Miller lead the scoring for the Bison with their first hat-trick of the season, while there were singles for Tomas Karpov, Joe Greener and Aaron Connolly with his first ever goal for the club.
In reply, Blaz Emersic netted twice for MK, while Leigh Jamieson got the other.
On paper, the victory looked straight forward, but the Bison lost captain Nicky Chinn in the warm-up after he was hit in the face by a puck.
This saw the Cardiff-born forward spend the remainder of the game at the hospital as a nasty gash to his chin needed stitches.
The Basingstoke captain an MK player last season was really disappointed to miss the game.
“I was really looking forward to playing my old team. The only good thing for me was the guys won the game,” said Chinn.
Before the end of the first period, the Bison lost another player as Andy Melachrino was also forced out of the contest.
In the return, 24 hours later on home ice, Chinn was back in the line-up, but Melachrino was a scratch joining Carl Graham who had also missed the first game of the weekend series.
Three powerplay goals won the match for the Herd as Miller, Joe Rand and Karpov all found the net.
Stanislav Lascek netted twice for MK who pulled their goalie in the final minute, but even with a 6 on 4 advantage they were unable to force the game into overtime.
“It was another good win for us tonight and we knew they would come hard at us. We are doing all right at the moment, but we know next weekend will be tough one,” said Chinn.
Next up for Basingstoke is another double header weekend this time against arch local rivals and reigning league champions the Guildford Flames.
In recent years, these fixtures have certainly been a case of home rule with the Bison having won the last six at home against the Flames, while the Herd have not won in Guildford on their last nine visits.
However, both sides will be keen to break this pattern with the Flames currently holding down second spot in the table with the Bison just behind them.
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