The Wildcats opened the scoring, with the returning Matias Perkkio releasing a quick shot in front of net and past netminder Gregg Rockman.
A 5 on 3 play quickly gave Swindon their next chance and with a pass across net, it took a swipe from Perkkio to restore the Wildcats’ lead.
A busy period was finally rounded off in Swindon’s favour as captain Aaron Nell saw his wristshot fly over the shoulder of Rockman and into the net for a 3-2 score.
The start of the second period would then bring about Swindon’s fourth and a goal that saw an impressive blind backward pass from Nell to leave import Jonas Hoog tapping the puck in.
Somewhat of a scrappy goal in the 32nd minute then left Slough within one through an eventual Bakrlik strike. However Swindon import Sandvik quickly looked about restoring the ‘Cats two goal lead as a quick release backhand would find the top corner of the net for a fifth goal.
Sandvik’s attempt on an individual effort then went about making it six with five minutes remaining in the second period. A burst down the wing would leave the Finn in on net and with a simple shot across the ice, would beat Rockman between the netminder’s pads.
From here the home side took a strong 7-3 lead into the final period and within 4 minutes soon added to that lead. Despite being shorthanded, a counter attack breakaway left Hoog on goal once more and with some quick hands would beat the now in net Danny Milton.
Slough were to eventually stop the onslaught as a powerplay opportunity gifted Mindaugas Kieras his first if the night after an across goal pass for a tap in.
A touch of good fortune then set about the Jets’ fifth of the evening as a puck caught by the referee’s skate would wrong foot the Swindon defenseman and set up Bakrlik for his hat trick.
Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 8 – 5 Slough Jets
Man of the Match: SWI – Perkkio / SLO – Towalski
Copy: Scott Gummerson – Press Officer
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