Bees Blog: Hopefully Santa will bring a winning streakBy Katie Eleftheriou
December 15, 2010
Katie Eleftheriou, fan turned boss of the Bracknell Bees, gives an insight into running a top ice hockey team.
Dear Bees fans,
Well, here we are again, another Christmas is upon us and I hope that you have all your shopping done, presents ready and wrapped and all the trimmings soon to be prepared for the big day.
Due to the panto at the Hive we had two away matches this weekend. Those that went to the panto we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did on Friday.
Preparation is the key to any success and those that traveled with us to Basingstoke saw a Bees team that worked hard, chased any and all lost causes and took the fight to the Bison of frosty Basingstoke.
Although missing Waller on GB duty, we welcomed back Avery and Rounding from the Hornets and new signing Scott Spearing from the Jets.
It was Avery, early in the first period who fired us into the lead, with an opportunists goal after a great deal of pressure.
We could have been further ahead as Cesky had a couple of one-on-ones with Skinns in the Bison’s goal but to no avail.
The period finished with us a goal up, but it could have been more.
We knew that they would come out hard in the second and they did, but despite the early pressure we defended well and five minutes into the period and braking quickly, Gazza who worked hard all night, poked the puck through the keeper’s legs to take us into a well deserved 0-2 lead.
Either we are not used to being in a leading position or the Bison turned the screw, but either way, we allowed them to get back into the match and they scored two goals in fairly quick succession to finish the period on level terms with the hard working Bees.
So game on in the third with both teams looking to gain the advantage. Bison took hold of the game and scored through Bronniman who should not have been on the ice after effectively assaulting Peli.
We threw everything at them, increasing the pressure with every minute, but could not break them down.
Scrambler was pulled with 1-30 ish to play for the extra forward, but despite all the pressure coming from Bracknell, no third goal was delivered to draw the match.
The Bison held on for a win that the Bees really deserved as all the players had worked so hard.
That loss, late on Saturday seemed to take the stuffing out if the team. Sunday we were away once again to the Lightning of MK.
The last time these sides met we narrowly once again as seems to be our recent fate, lost to a single goal, but fate deserted us this time on a cold MK night.
Quite frankly we struggled with their pace and speed of movement and early in the first period they scored a goal through our sloppy defensive play and in reality the game was over at that point. Error after error left Scrambler very little chance to save the situation and we were quickly 0-6 down in the second.
Not a happy situation to be in and a real possibility that Hollyhead (great Christmas name!!) would have a shut out. Thankfully that was too much of a present and Peli, Tribey and Watty all scored for us in a better third period, although they pushed an extra two past Rashi who was substituted in the break.
Unfortunately, one of the goals was in the dying two seconds before the buzzer went to finish the match.
Just as an aside, some guys will share anything including a box! Gross I know but Scrambler, if you are reading this, check your kit bag and make your man before hitting the M25.......!
I started with the preparation line and here I'll finish it.
We have to get better to be better. Simples. When it comes to winning, you need the skill and the will.
Enjoy your run up to Christmas, Santa only comes once a year.