BASINGSTOKE, UK – The Bison produced their comeback of the season after they shipped three goals in the first three minutes of their home game against the Peterborough Phantoms, but ended up winning 5-4.
Darius Pliskauskas doubled the advantage 13 seconds later and then Marcel Petran netted on the powerplay.
The Herd hauled themselves back into the game as Tomas Karpov scored and then Ciaran Long reduced the lead to one goal nine seconds before the first buzzer.
The Bison then matched the Phantoms scoring second for second with their first two goals after the break, as Karpov and Joe Rand netted at 20:38 and 20:51.
Marc Levers on the powerplay made sure the game was tied after 40 minutes.
The home side edged in front again when Karpov completed his hat-trick, but the herd were unable to add an insurance goal.
As the game entered the final minute, the Phantoms were awarded a penalty shot for a delay of game penalty after the net being dislodged.
Sharp shooter Pliskauskas was given the job to take it, but Dean Skinns made the save and the Bison held out for victory.
“I think other than the first three minutes we played really well and once again it showed the character of his team,” said Herd player/coach Doug Sheppard.
This weekend, the Bison entertain the Sheffield Steeldogs and so far this season both games have been won by the home side after a penalty shoot-out.
Then the following night, the Herd travel to Peterborough, where again both games so far this campaign have been decided by a single goal.
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