Bison lose three points in weekend brace of games

BASINGSTOKE UK: The Bison’s EPL Championship hopes took a dent when they only picked up one point from their last two games.

Their only point came after a 7-6 penalty shoot-out loss in Slough, their first league defeat this season against the Jets.

Having won on their two previous league visits to Slough, the Herd looking to heading to victory again when they led 3-1 as Joe Rand, scored twice and Tony Redmond with only his second goal of the season a single to cancel out Michael Wales early goal.

Slough hit back from Dan Rose and second from Wales and then Joe Miller was thrown out for high sticking just before the second buzzer.

Slough scored twice on the five minute power-play from Ciaran Long and Frantisek Bakrlik and then Dan Davies made it 6-3.

The Bison hit back as Greg Chambers, Doug Sheppard and Greg Owen all scored in the last 10 minutes.

Overtime failed to split the teams so the game went to overtime and then penalty shots with the Jets grabbing the extra point as Davies and Darius Pliskauskas scored for the home side and only Jaroslav Cesky managed for the visitors.

“It was a disappointing result for us after we got ourselves back into the game,” Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard said.

The following night, the Herd suffered only their third league defeat of the season as former Bison shot stopper Stephen Wall made 31 saves to help the Milton Keynes Lightning to a 3-1 victory.

Blaz Emersic, Leigh Jamieson and Kamil Tvrdek scored the goals for the winners, while Joe Rand scored the only goal for the Herd before departing for checking to the head.

“The MK game proved to be a very frustrating night for us,” Sheppard said.

The Bison have just one game this weekend against the Sheffield Steeldogs at home, but before that they are in action against the Slough Jets in semi-final of the EPL Cup on Wednesday night hoping to make the final for the second time in their history.

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