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Dec 2, 2017

Streatham shut out Bison in style












Streatham pulled off one of their most impressive victories in recent times as they beat Basingstoke Bison in Hampshire. The previous games between the two sides had ended in defeat for the Londoners, and with the Bison on a ten game winning streak in the league the odds were not in Streatham’s favour.

Coach Jeremy Cornish welcomed Ryan Watt back into the line-up after a number of weeks out injured, but Joe Allen missed out as Streatham looked to take their excellent Cup form into the league.

It took Streatham just six minutes to take the lead as Basingstoke born Alex Sampford opened the scoring against the run of play. The Bison continued to pressure the Streatham goal however the defence and netminder Matt Colclough held firm, despite being outshot 16-6 in the first period.

The second period saw Streatham soak up more pressure as the Bison piled forward but the visitors extended their lead through Adam Wood as his long shot flew past Dean Skinns midway through the period.

With twenty minutes to hold on, Streatham were boosted when Bison star import Roman Malinik got changed, presumably injured. The hosts didn’t let that stop them though, and they continued to pressurise the Streatham goal, aided by a number of powerplays. The resilience and defensive organisation paid dividends for the RedHawks.

With two minutes to go Bison Coach Doug Sheppard called a timeout and a few seconds later pulled Skinns for the extra skater. Streatham held firm with Ryan Webb even striking the post, but the visitors were soon celebrating as the final buzzer went to mark a fantastic result against a team who in recent years played in both the Elite League and English Premier League. 

Man of the match – Matt Colclough

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