Double hat-trick hero Thompson ready for a 'massive' weekend with Bracknell BeesBy Lewis Rudd
February 22, 2013
Shaun Thompson believes this weekend’s double header with Peterborough Phantoms could be a potential play-off decider for Bracknell Bees.
The forward was speaking after netting successive hat-tricks during the 7-6 overtime defeat at Guildford Flames on Saturday and then another during the 6-3 victory over Telford Tigers at the Hive on Sunday.
The three-point weekend provided a welcome return to form for a Bees side comprehensively beaten during the back-to-back games with Milton Keynes Lightning the previous weekend.
And with Sunday’s success helping Bracknell reclaim seventh spot in the EPIHL table from the Phamtoms, and just a single point separating the rivals in the standings, the two teams are evenly poised.
Thompson, meanwhile, is acutely aware of a double header between the two teams at a similar stage of the campaign last year, where 6-2 and 2-0 defeats to the Phantoms saw Bees slip out of the play-off spots and all but end their hopes of securing an end-of-season extension.
He said: “You have got to look forward to these games.
“We were in this same situation last year when we played Peterborough back-to-back and it turned out to be a play-off game – it is not a league game anymore.
“Win those two and it opens it right up, so it is going to be two massive games.
“It is always tough in Peterborough, a tough rink to play in, but if we’re ready and we play like we can, we'll be fine.”
Thompson showed devastating form in front of goal over the weekend, netting a treble as a dogged and determined Bees fought their way back on no fewer than four occasions to take Flames to overtime at the end of a pulsating 6-6 draw – only to see a David Savage strike win the game for the hosts.
Less then 24 hours later and the 24-year-old was at it again, taking his account to six goals in as many periods as Telford Tigers were tamed in a 6-3 defeat.
Thompson, however, appeared somewhat modest about his achievement.
“I don't think I have ever had a double hat-trick weekend, so it will be something that sticks out in the memory for a while because hat-tricks are few and far between,” he said.
“People sometimes throw hats on the rink if you score a hat-trick, but sadly I didn't see any on Sunday.
“To be honest it is great to get a hat-trick, but I would definitely have taken three points on Saturday over scoring three goals.
“But if I score three and we win I’ll take that every week.
“If next week I make three assists and someone else gets three goals I’ll be more than happy.”
Bees travel to Peterborough on Saturday (7pm), before the return fixture at the Hive on Sunday (6pm).