Masa: Individual errors are costing usBy Adam Lee
January 12, 2012
Bracknell Bees forward Martin Masa has warned that unless the team begin to cut out their errors on the ice, then they will continue to lose pace with the teams above them.
The 38-year-old Czech star, Bees’ second top scorer this season, has been in stunning form since returning to the UK from a Christmas break in his native country.
With eight goals and three assists in five games, Masa has stepped up his game following the loss of fellow import Peter Jasik to a knee injury.
He scored twice in Sunday’s 5-3 defeat at home to EPIHL title-chasers MK Lightning, but admitted he was partly to blame for the visitors pulling clear in the final period.
Having just given Bees a 3-2 lead, Masa took a cheap high-sticking penalty, allowing MK to draw level in the resulting powerplay.
A shortbenched Bees were clearly tiring towards the end, and a lazy back check with six minutes to go allowed MK to go in front for the first time in the game, a lead they added to in the final seconds with an empty-net goal.
And Masa insists that Bees must wise up on the ice if they are to reduce the four-point gap that has opened up between themselves and seventh-placed Swindon Wildcats.
“We have been so close in every game since we played Guildford (On December 27),” said Masa, who is enjoying his second spell at Bees having orginally left the club seven years ago.
“But it’s individual mistakes why we are losing.
“We can blame the referee for the fourth goal (on Saturday against Basingstoke), but we took two penalties in the game which were our fault.
“It was very disappointing to lose on Sunday after leading three times, especially when you are playing Milton Keynes who are No.2 in our league.
“We hadn’t lost to them in regular time this season, and again it has showed that we can play anybody and give them a good game.
“For 54 minutes we played really well, but for the last six minutes, well...
“I took a penalty when we were winning, they scored on the powerplay and then an individual mistake on a two-on-two cost us.
“It’s all individual mistakes and that’s what hockey is all about – who makes the less individual mistakes will win.
“We will watch the videos and sort out these individual mistakes, but we are playing well but these mistakes are costing us.”