Slough Jets opened their home season with the Battle Of Berkshire Cycles Cup, the first leg on home ice 24 hours ahead of the away leg.
The home team took a lead they were never to lose at 2.37 when Ryan Watt scored past Alex Mettam and Darius Pliskauskas made it 2-0 at 4.51. Despite the early scoring and special team opportunities the first period ended 2-0.
Ales Padelek made it 3-0 at 25.57 with a shorthanded strike and at 33.41 Dan Davies had the home team secure at 4-0 before Kamil Tvrdek scored the only goal of the night for the visitors.
Slough ran away with the game in the final period with goals from Ciaran Long, JJ Pitchley’s first senior goal, Dan Rose and a second from Pliskauskas sealing up a convincing 8-1 win.
Slough: Pliskauskas 2+1; Davies, Watt, Long, 1+1; Pitchley, Rose, Padelek 1+0; Scott, Kieras, 0+1. Net: Rockman (51.00) 27/1, Milton (08.55) 6/0 & Empty Net (0.05) 0/0
Bracknell: Tvrdek 1+0; Lamey, Foord 0+1. Net: Mettam (59.35) 34/8 & Empty Net (0.25) 0/0
Period Scores: 2-0/2-1/4-0
Shots On Goal: 33-34
Penalty Minutes: 48-46
Referee: M Thompson. Lines: A Lack & C Edwards
Two Years Ago
Slough Jets opening home game of the season saw the two referee system trialled in an experiment which lead to 155 penalty minutes being called in the game.
Despite being penalised just 15 seconds into the game Slough took an early lead at 1.48 with a shorthanded goal from summer signing Frankie Bakrlik and after the teams had traded powerplays Alex Barker netted Slough’s second at 18.17 to make it a 2-0 period.
The penalty calling clamed down in the middle period but Slough’s goal scoring continued and at 25.53 Bakrlik scored his second of the night to make it 3-1. Aaron Connolly scored at 34.48 with a powerplay strike and it was 4-0 heading into the second interval.
With the game comfortably won Slough’s coach Slava Koulikov didn’t ice in the third period and rested senior players allowing more junior squad members more opportunity. The game upped in feistiness and with the result not in doubt it was surprising when Gregg Rockman’s shutout was broken at 56.31 by Ollie Bronniman. As the final hooter sounded the players all came together which left the two referees dishing out penalties again.
Slough scoring: Bakrlik 2+0; Barker 1+1; Davies 0+2; Connolly 1+0; Kozic, Kieras, Bruce, Koulikov 0+1. Net: Rockman (60.00) 46/1
Bracknell scoring: Bronniman 1+0; Thompson 0+1; Smital 0+1. Net: Annetts (60.00) 29/4
Period Scores: 2-0/2-0/0-1
Shots On Goal: 46-29
Penalty Minutes: 92-63
Referees: R Szucs & P Popluhar. Linsemen: R Webster & E Fusco
Slough: Scott, Wales, Greener, Barker, Connolly, Davies, Kozic, Godfrey, Miles, Pliskauskas, Kieras, Bruce, Towalski, Milton, Rockman, Koulikov, Bakrlik
Bracknell: Turner, Lamey, Galazzi, Munroe, Thompson, Foord, Bendick, Petran, Oakford, Lack, Johnson, Masa, Smital, Ambler, Spearing, Bronniman, Annetts