Bracknell Bees goalies face battle to be first choiceBy Adam Lee
October 27, 2010
Bracknell Bees netminders Carl Ambler and Adam Marashi have been told to fight it out to be the first-choice goalie at the Hive.
At the start of the season, it seemed new coach Gareth Cox was set to follow in his predecessor Claude Dumas’ footsteps by installing Ambler as the No.1 netminder at the club.
But after some uncharacteristic displays from former Romford Raiders man Ambler, 21-year-old Marashi has been handed the chance to prove his worth.
However, unlike last season, when Marashi performed admirably in the absence of Ambler, he has also struggled for form, and it now seems Cox is unsure as to who is his first choice.
Ambler, 24, was between the posts during Saturday’s 7-5 loss away at Swindon Wildcats, while Marashi replaced him for Sunday night’s 5-3 defeat at home to Basingstoke Bison.
And Cox has challenged the pair to start producing their top form on the ice, making themselves undroppable and therefore solving the coach’s selection headache.
Until one of them rediscovers their form, Cox has promised to give both equal billing in Bees’ upcoming EPIHL games.
“I feel at the moment that neither have hit their form yet and until they do I have told them that both have a chance,” said Cox.
“If neither are playing to their best we need to find a way to get something going for them.
“It’s also about giving them a rest physically and mentally.
“Scrambler (Ambler) was a bit upset on Saturday when we lost.
“He felt it was a game we should have won and he was gutted, while I’m sure Rashi would want at least one of those goals back on Sunday.
“I think goalies always feel like it was their fault (when they let in goals) – it’s the naure of their position.”
Meanwhile, Cox admitted that the weekend’s games, despite returning no points, showed a positive improvement in the team’s play.
However, as has been the case in many games this season, unforced errors cost the team at crucial moments.
And with a daunting run of games that sees Bees face Guildford Flames away tonight (7.30pm face-off), followed by Slough Jets at home on Sunday (6pm), and Manchester Phoenix at home the following Saturday (6pm), Cox knows his team need to smarten up if they are to avoid some embarrassing defeats.
“There were a few positives from the weekend, but we’re still making the same mistakes which are costing us,” he said.
“We can’t be scoring five goals away from home and not winning, but I suppose it comes down to the team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
“There’s definitely improvement there and the performance on Sunday was probably our best of the season – it was the first time everyone had played the way I wanted them to play.
“We knew October and November were going to be tough and we just need to do the best we can.
“You just need to keep the guys as positive as possible through it.
“Saturday and Sunday did help because it showed that we can score the goals, we just need to be a bit better defensively.”
Swindon Wildcats 7 Bracknell Bees 5: Period: 3-1, 3-3, 1-1. SOG: 39-46. PIM: 32-12. Wildcats: Suursoo 2+0, Liska, Watt 1+1, Hayes, Baird, Taylor 1+0, Aldriedge 0+3, Stone 0+2, Richardson 0+1. Bees: Cesky 1+3, Pinc 1+2, Watt 1+1, Barker, Miles 1+0, Jasik, Waller, Randall 0+1.
Bracknell Bees 3 Basingstoke Bison 5: Period: 1-1, 1-3, 1-1. SOG: 39-29. PIM: 18-10. Bees: Barker 1+1, Cesky, Pinc 1+0, Miles, Calvert, Pelikovsky, Watt 0+1. Bison: Kubenko 2+2, Long 1+1, Bronnimann, Redmond 1+0, Moria, Kieras, Skene, Lauko 0+1.