Flames turn up the heat, but the Bison put the holders out Flames comeback goes up in smoke as Bison make EPL Cup final

BASINGSTOKE, UK – The Bison booked their place in the final of the EPL Cup, but the holders for the past two years the Guildford Flames, did not make it easy for them on Wednesday night.

The Herd leading by five goals going into the second game of the two match series tied the first two periods thanks to goals from Cameron Wynn and Tomas Karpov, which cancelled out strikes from Milos Melicherik and Branislav Kvetan.

The Flames then really took the game to the wire as with 40 seconds lefBison Logot on the clock, the Herd’s lead overall was down to just a single goal.

This was after Marcus Kristoffersson, Kvetan (2) and Nicky Watt all scored to make the game score 6-2.

The Flames having pulled their netminder to grab their sixth goal repeated the trick again, but this time Kurt Reynolds hit the empty net to make sure the Bison won 11-9 on aggregate.

“It is a great to reach a final for our fans. I really hope we can win some silverware in this 25th anniversary season,” said Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard.

They will now face the winners of the other semi-final between Milton Keynes and Manchester.

They are locked at 5-5 after the first leg with the second-leg on Thursday.

Last weekend, in the league, the Bison went level on points with Manchester who have played three games less after a split weekend.

On Saturday night, the Herd suffered a rare home loss 3-2 to the Milton Keynes Lightning.

Their man-to-man coverage proving difficult to breakdown and goals from Lewis Christie, Adam Carr and Grant McPherson gave them the win after Tomas Karpov and Aaron Connolly.

On Sunday night, the Bison clocked up an club record for an EPL game wit h 70 minutes in penalties, but still came back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 as Ciaran Long, Nicky Chinn, Joe Greener and Karpov all scored.

The Sheffield goals came from Greg Wood, Andrew Hirst and Greg Chambers and they also had a six-on-three play for the final 15 seconds of the game, but were unable to force overtime.

This weekend, the Bison face a visit from the Swindon Wildcats, the only side to have scored seven against them this season, which was in their last meeting a 7-5 road defeat.

They also won on their last visit to Basingstoke and so lead the Bison 2-1 in the series.

On Sunday night, the Herd lock horns with their arch local rivals the Bracknell Bees, hoping to complete a clean sweep of wins at the Hive this season.

Contact the author Graham.Merry@Prohockeynews.com

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