Bracknell Bees coach is officially frustratedBy Adam Lee
October 10, 2012
A stormy encounter with MK Lightning at the Hive on Sunday left a rather sour taste in the mouth of Bracknell Bees coach Gareth Cox.
Looking to avenge a 4-2 defeat in Buckinghamshire the night before, a mixture of critical individual errors, as well as some forcefully contested late refereeing decisions, cost Bees as they lost 4-3.
With little more than eight minutes to go Martin Masa scored what would have been an equaliser, but the goal was washed off with the linesman calling offside.
In the ensuing row, Masa and Lukas Smital were sinbinned for the remainder of the game.
Despite the loss of their leading offensive players, Bees maintained the upper hand, but just moments later the second crucial refereeing decision of the night stung Bees.
Shaun Thompson, so often the saviour for Bracknell, was denied a famous leveller amid claims the puck didn't cross the line.
It was a disappointing end to a rather anticlimactic weekend, following the highs of Bees’ previous four matches.
And in the aftermath of the game, Bees coach Cox expressed a long-held feeling of resentment towards many of the officials in the EPIHL.
He was, however, quick to point out that Bees, in many ways, were the architects of their own downfall in the double defeat to MK.
“It would have been very similar to the weekend before if we hadn’t made so many mistakes," Cox said.
“We gifted them three goals on Saturday night and two on Sunday so in the end individual mistakes cost us.
“Of course the referees are doing a tough job, but their consistency is very frustrating and it is simply not there from week to week.
“I couldn’t say if the puck went over the line (for Thompson’s unawarded goal). You win some and you lose some in those situations.
“The most frustrating thing was the offside – the linesman was so far away that he couldn’t possibly call it. He was by the red line when he blew the whistle and we think he made completely the wrong guess.
“(Smital and Masa) are both experienced enough to know what is going on out there and if they say it was onside I’m inclined to agree with them.
“The bottom line, though, is that we shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Without our own mistakes we wouldn’t have been in that situation.
“I would say, though, is that it is very much unlike the Bees fans to boo a ref off the ice at the end of the game.”
With Grant Rounding making his fourth appearance this season for Bracknell Bees at the weekend, he has been transferred from the Hornets on a full-time basis, as stated in league rules for players over 21.
The forward will continue to deputise for Ollie Bronnimann, who remains sidelined with a leg injury and is not expected to play until at least the end of October.
This weekend Bees face Slough Jets away on Saturday (6.30pm face-off) and then Swindon Wildcats at home on Sunday (6pm).
MK Lightning 4 Bracknell Bees 2: Period: 1-1, 2-1, 1-0. SOG: 35-27. PIM: 16-10. Lightning: Emersic 1+2, Jamieson, Brittle 1+1, Bowers 1+0, McPherson, Calder, Farn 0+1. Bees: Smital, Spearing 1+0, Galazzi, Lamey 0+1.
Bracknell Bees 3 MK Lightning 4: Period: 2-1, 0-2, 1-1. SOG: 25-33. PIM: 30-10. Bees: Masa 2+1, Petran 1+0, Smital 0+2, Thompson, Foord, Lamey 0+1. Lightning: Carr, Poole, 1+1, Chinn, Farn 1+0, Harris, Emersic 0+1.