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Dec 4, 2017

RedHawks take the sting from Bees

Streatham made it an impressive four point weekend as they beat Bracknell Bees 5-3 in a pulsating encounter in South London. Report by Chris Hilson

With a well deserved away victory over Basingstoke Bison in the bag from the previous night, Streatham looked to make it two wins from two games as they returned to league action. It was the first ever time the RedHawks had hosted Bracknell Bees and the rink was a real hive of excitement as the atmosphere built before the puck drop.

The Bees won the opening face-off and there were early goalmouth scrambles at each end as both teams looked to assert their authority in the opening phases. Bracknell welcomed back Frankie Bakrlik from suspension and the leading goalscorer was soon involved in the action, posing a threat in front of goal but unable to break the deadlock. The Bees pulled their goalie on a delayed penalty call but couldnt breakthrough before Miles was sinbinned for tripping, and Bracknell swarmed forward during their subsequent powerplay but failed to score.

Streatham continued to play well from the back and Hayes found his way down the middle of the ice but the Bees put up a solid defence and regained possession. And it was ex-RedHawks man George Norcliffe who gave the travelling fans something to cheer about as he tapped in from close range. Despite going a goal up Bracknell looked vulnerable, and Streatham drew level with a well-deserved equaliser from Farn at the back post. A number of minor penalties for the Bees saw the Redhawks have a one man advantage at the end of the first twenty minutes but they were unable to add to their tally during a very close first period.

Norcliffe almost put the Bees ahead again early in the second, but the lightning fast reactions of Colclough kept things level. Streatham pushed forward and after holding an impromptu target practice session at Bracknell’s net, Watt scored giving the RedHawks a richly deserved lead. It looked like the lead wouldn’t last for long as the Bees again pulled level with a close range James Galazzi effort, but Streatham hit back immediately through Watt who weaved through the Bees defence to score again as the contest really hotted up.

Colclough continued to put every part of himself in the path of the puck and a counter-attack by Streatham saw Carr almost score. Another delayed penalty call gave Cornish the chance to pull Colclough for an additional skater and it paid dividends as Sampford made it 4-2 to the RedHawks to continue his scoring form. By now there was a real buzz around the rink as the teams headed to the locker rooms.

Although nobody dropped the gloves, there was some pushing and shoving that led to Ranson and Bracknell’s Ealey-Newman each getting two minutes. With the clock ticking down the Bees scored after a goal mouth scramble, and the game headed for a tense conclusion with Streatham doing everything to protect their one goal lead. Thankfully home team nerves were eased when Webb scored after Bracknell pulled their netminder, and Streatham capped an excellent weekend with a particularly sweet 5-3 victory.

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