The Swindon Wildcats saw their hopes of a four point weekend shattered last Sunday as they fell to a late rally by the Slough Jets.
The Wildcats took good momentum from their away win the previous evening, as the home side opened the scoring through the newly signed Henri Sandvik. The import, on his home debut, used his talents to direct the puck over the shoulder of netminder Gregg Rockman with a backhanded diving effort.
A slapshot from Swindon’s Jonas Hoog soon made it 2-0 before the ten minute mark, with Wildcats looking very much in control.
The second held more of the same for both sides, as shots continued to pressure both nets, but it would be the away side who would notch the next tally.
A move from Slough’s Bakrlik around the home net would see him offload the puck and the Jets’ Dan Davies to the deflect the puck for their second.
In true form of the game, Swindon soon replied and again through a home debut signing. This time Wildcats’ Oliver Betteridge would earn his first goal for the club and a fourth for Swindon as the young forward would poke the puck home.
The final period would see Slough open with some real hard fought hockey as their third goal was soon netted. Again it would be Bakrlik who would set up the opportunity with a shot from the wing to beat a braced Murdy against his post.
A lapse in concentration then brought about Slough’s tying goal, as import Darius Pliskauskas’ slapshot on a moving puck would find the ‘Cats net up high.
Minutes on and Pliskauskas would then give his side the lead for the first time in the game as some good fortune left the puck in the air over the Swindon net. A catch and drop to the floor then left the Jets’ import with the task to tap the puck through the legs of Murdy for a fifth goal.
Swindon will now regroup and look to next Saturday as they take on the Manchester Phoenix for a 5:45pm puck drop.
Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 4 – 5 Slough Jets
Man of the Match: SWI – Sandvik / SLO – Wale
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