We only have ourselves to blame following MK defeats, says Bracknell Bees coach CoxBy Lewis Rudd
February 13, 2013
Frustrated Bees coach Gareth Cox refused to blame referee Stefan Hogarth following Bracknell’s 4-2 defeat against Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday.
The match official left the rink at the final buzzer to a crescendo of boos from Bees fans following a number of questionable decisions and a lack of penalty calls in favour of the hosts.
Cox suggested the loss was down to defensive errors and bad luck, but he did question a few of the calls made by Hogarth and his officials.
His first grievance was an icing call he felt was missed while netminder Tom Annetts was being replaced for an extra attacker as Bees went in search of a goal to take the game to overtime.
The change almost yielded a fourth goal for the Lightning, as a stranded Annetts watched the puck trickle narrowly wide of an empty net as he and those around him stopped in anticipation of the call.
Cox was also unhappy no official spotted an alleged instigation from MK’s Grant McPherson midway through the first period which resulted in him and Alan Lack exchanging a number of blows.
But the coach was left frustrated with his side’s overall performance.
He said: “A couple of defensive errors cost us really, that was it.
“They are a good team are Milton Keynes and they put up a strong performance this weekend against us.
“On Saturday we were shocking and we thoroughly deserved to lose that game, but on Sunday I felt we were hard done by.
“The icing call they missed at the end really hurt us. When Tommy (Annetts) is coming out of goal for the extra guy there is an icing call there that gives us an extra few seconds and that part of it killed us.
“But this is hockey and we cannot moan about the referees every week.
“This weekend we were just not good enough to get the points.”
On the performance of the match officials, he added: “It absolutely kills me that he (Hogarth) went and spoke to their bench and immediately on the next play it is a penalty against us, so I said to him, ‘if I speak to you do I get a foul play out of it?’
“Alan Lack had a fight, but then there is the inexperienced linesman; one is supposed to take them to the penalty box and the other guy is supposed to be watching the play.
“It’s little things like that that frustrate the hell out of us really.”
Keen to avenge the 8-2 drubbing at Planet Ice the previous evening, Rob Lamey gave Bracknell the lead shortly after a goalless opening period when he turned the puck home on 21.24.
MK, though, equalised through Kamil Tvrdek six minutes later and then took the lead courtesy of a Blaz Emersic strike on 31.52. Tvrdek then added a third early in the third period.
Lamey gave Bees hope with his second three minutes from time.
But with Annetts sacrificed for the extra attacker, an overhit back pass resulted in Tvrdek firing into an empty net.
The result leaves Bees seventh in the EPIHL standings, four points adrift of Swindon Wildcats.
Bracknell travel to Guildford Flames on Saturday (6pm), before Telford Tigers visit the Hive on Sunday (6pm).