The second game of the weekend was a re-arranged game that was cancelled the week before due to lack
of ice-time at iceSheffield. The game was to be played on the second pad, straight after a public skating
session so both teams knew that the ice wasn’t going to be in the best condition.
A slight change in lines from the night before seemed to work well in the first and relentless pressure in the
Bradford zone gave the Sens some key chances to score but they were not able to take advantage of any of
them. Both teams had powerplay opportunites but again, neither team could beat the netminders. However,
in truth it was the Sens who were dictating the play with Bradford relying on quick breaks and odd-man
rushes to test Bob Browne. In the final few minutes the Sens crashed the net, with some high sticks and Tom
Humphries and Andy Brown dropped the gloves with Humphries edging the tussle.Ultimately the period
ended 0-0, with Sens outshooting Bradford 20-12.
The second period had Bradford change their netminder, with Phillip Pearson picking up an injury and not
being able to continue. This period seemed to more cagey than the first, with neither team wanting to
concede the first goal – one that would no doubt be crucial in the final result. A nice breakout pass from
Shaun Wild found Tom Proctor, who dragged the defender and dropped the puck to Elliott Knell to fire the
puck home and give the Sens a 1-0 advantage. Sens had two powerplay opportunities that followed, and
although they had good zone time on the first it was the second that they capitalised on with Tom Proctor
getting on the scoresheet and making it 2-0 after 35 minutes – and this is how the period would end.
Going into the third and Bradford were going to be coming all guns blazing to try and claw back the game,
and they were constantly leaving a man high in the neutral zone hoping for a quick breakaway. This was not
how they managed to score their first goal however, when they managed to set up in the Sens zone and make
a nice play in the slot to make it 2-1 with 7 minutes left to play. Sens knew they needed another goal to be
sure, as at 2-1 the momentum could quite easily shift in favour of the visiting team. Tom Proctor was the
Sens player who stepped up and put the puck away for his second goal of the night and set up a less
nervy last 3 minutes. But with Bradford working hard until the final buzzer they managed to break down the
ice at put a tight angle shot past Bob Browne with only 11 seconds remaining. Bradford pulled their goalie
for these last 11 seconds, but a good faceoff by Elliott Knell killed the game and it ended 3-2 in a hard fought
victory and a much improved performance over the night before.
Stats – Bob Browne – 35/2 94.29%
Tom Proctor – 2+1 Elliott Knell – 1+1 Craig Elliott – 0+2 Shaun Wild – 0+1