The McTimoney Chiropractic Bracknell Hornets winning run was brought to an end by last season NIHL 2 playoff champions, the Chelmsford Chieftains.
Despite the Hornets poor record against the Chieftains over recent season’s, there was optimism in the air at The Hive. The Hornets came into the game on the back of a four game winning streak, while the Chieftains were fresh from an overtime defeat to the Slough Jets.
It would be the Chieftains that would strike first in the opening ten minutes of the first period, Terry Fillery scoring his second goal of the season. A two goal lead was quickly established by the Chieftains, this time Darren Brown converting for his third of the season.
Matter then went from bad to worse for the Hornets when forward Michael Stratford was lost to a serious foot injury that will see him miss a considerable part of the season. However, despite Stratford’s absence, the Hornets rallied together and were able to pull a goal back before the first intermission. They needed the power play to help them but when Chris Cooke took a shot from the blue line, it snuck past Chieftains goaltender Sonny Phillips. That was Cooke’s first of the season and his first as a Hornet.
It was in the second period when the Hornets really sparked into life. It took them just over two minutes to score the tying goal. Ben Ealey-Newman the scorer, his ninth of this young season.
The Hornets maintained solid pressure throughout the second period, eventually adding another goal to take the lead for the first time in the game, Josh Ealey-Newman the scorer. It was a goal that was fully deserved. Since the start of the second period, the Hornets were the much better team and were making it count.
High hopes came crashing down though, when the Chieftains managed to equalise against the run of play. With just over a minute remaining, Cameron Bartlett tied the game. The second period would finish tied at three each.
Then came the slump and by the 44 minute mark, the Hornets were two goals down. Grant Bartlett scored first, followed by Ross Brears. A disappointing third period was topped off by another Chieftains goal and a second for Grant Bartlett.
The final scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on the Hornet, who didn’t play as bad as it suggests. The following night, their trip to Essex also ended in defeat. It finished 4-2, Bailey Hind-Pitcher and Tamas Elias with the goals.
McTimoney Chiropractic Bracknell Hornets Goals:
- 16:11 Chris Cooke, assisted by Ben Ealey-Newman & Matt Foord
- 22:24 Ben Ealey-Newman, assisted by Tamas Elias
- 34:55 Josh Ealey-Newman, assisted by Steve Osman & Ryan Apsley
Chelmsford Chieftains Goals:
- 08:56 Terry Fillery, assisted by Courtney Grant & Bradley Moore
- 12:59 Darren Brown, assisted by Cameron Bartlett & Matthew Turner
- 38:51 Cameron Bartlett, assisted by Matthew Turner
- 41:39 Grant Bartlett, assisted by Robert Veares & John Connolly
- 43:55 Ross Brears, assisted by John Connolly & James Ayling
- 56:05 Grant Bartlett, assisted by James Ayling & Will Polston
Shots faced: Tom Annetts (BRA) 46 shots – 86.05%, Sonny Phillips (CHE) 39 shots – 92.31%
Penalties: Bracknell – 0 minutes & Chelmsford – 6 minutes.
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