Bees still hopeful despite double defeatBy Isaac Leigh
December 19, 2012
Bracknell Bees managed only one point from their two games at the weekend, but the manner of their performances gives great hope for a successful second half of the season.
The point secured came from their 3-2 defeat at Guildford Flames on Saturday in a game that went to penalties.
David Longstaff opened the scoring for the hosts at 17:06, when he fired low under Tom Annetts.
But the Bees netminder picked up his first assist of the season at 22:24 when he fed the puck to Martin Masa, who broke forward into Flames’ zone and squared to Matt Foord for him to crash a shot into the roof of the net.
Flames regained the advantage at 28:43 when Curris Huppe was left unattended, but Bees hit back shortly through Masa.
Both sides fought hard in the third period to grab a winner.
Annetts denied the Flames with some excellent saves, while at the other end Bees could not find a way past home netminder Mark Lee. They were also unlucky, hitting the pipework three times in a matter of seconds on consecutive shots from Shaun Thompson, Foord and Masa.
Sudden death overtime still could not separate the teams so it went into penalties. David Longstaff scored with the Flames’' first effort and Lee denied Ollie Brönnimann.
Nathan Rempel then missed, but Thompson could not find a way past Lee either and Curtis Huppe won the game for the hosts.
Annetts was Bees’ man of the match.
Bees also gave a good account of themselves when losing 5-4 at Peterborough on Sunday.
James Morgan opened the scoring for Phantoms on 19:34, only for Bees to reply through Masa on 21:03.
Bees then conceded three goals, all to Ondrej Lauko, his first two coming in the space of 11 seconds.
Shaun Thompson pulled one back 51 seconds into the third period, but 19 seconds later Tom Norton scored for Peterborough.
Damien King made it 5-3 and Bronnimann scored Bees’ fourth on 57:05 to set up a tense finish.
Masa picked up the Bees’ man-of-the-match award.
Bees are home to Slough Jets on Sunday (6pm).