ICE HOCKEY: In-form Wildcats climbing the table fast
4:02pm Tuesday 28th January 2014 in Sport
THE Swindon Wildcats recorded their second straight four-point weekend after defeating the Peterborough Phantoms and Bracknell Bees, writes George Royle.
The Wiltshire side carried their recent momentum into the Saturday game against Peterborough at the Swindon Ice Arena, with Aaron Nell scoring inside the first five minutes.
Swindon were dominant throughout the early stages and erupted to score three goals in a five-minute spell.
Jan Kostal, Sam Bullas and Sam Godfrey all got their names on the scoresheet to give the home side a convincing 4-0 lead after one period of action.
Peterborough never looked in the game, but were given a glimmer of hope with an early second-period goal. That hope was immediately dashed when Kostal bagged his second of the night before Henri Sandvik and Aku Pekkarinen also scored to end the second frame of action.
After such an action-packed opening two sessions, the third ended disappointingly goalless, nonetheless Swindon ran out impressive 7-1 victors.
On Sunday the Cats travelled to Bracknell to face the Bees in a very feisty encounter.
The Bees racked up a massive 98 penalty minutes in the match!
It was a very entertaining first frame that ended 3-2 in favour of Swindon. Goals came from Tomas Fojtik, Sandvik and the reliable Nell.
After an early second-period strike from Kostal, tempers started to flare and Bracknell found themselves with five men inside the penalty box. Nell punished their indiscipline and scored on the powerplay to give Swindon a commanding 5-2 lead late in the second period.
The Bees scored a third to keep themselves in the game, but Nell netted his fourth hat-trick of the campaign to seal the two points for the Wildcats.
In-form Swindon have moved up to fifth in the table. Remarkably, a fourth-place finish could be possible despite the mid-season slump.
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