02:00AM, Friday 28 March 2014
Slough Jets 2, Swindon Wildcats 8
Slough Jets’ miserable season finally hit the buffers with another demoralisingly heavy defeat, this time 8-2 at home to the Swindon Wildcats on Sunday.
The Jets finished the season rock bottom of the table, with 37 points and no prospect of play-off hockey, but at the end coach Craig Moran collected the player of the match award on behalf of his whole team and thanked them for their efforts in a difficult year.
Wildcats led through a short-handed goal on 3.41, but Kamil Tvrdek got the Jets back on level terms with a goal on 6.06.
Aaron Nell scored to put the visitors back in front on 13.51, and Swindon led 2-1 at the first break, despite the Jets having nearly double their number of shots on goal.
Two quick goals from Swindon at the start of the second period finished off the home side’s hopes as Aku Pekkarinen scored their third on 22.31, and Sam Bullas notched their fourth with a powerplay strike on 24.19.
Stephen Balmer netted the Jets’ final goal of the season on 31.19, before the Wildcats tore into Slough and finished off the game with goals from Bullas on 35.53, Sam Smith 43 seconds later, and a double from Adam Harding.
Slough were also foiled by some fine goaltending from Michael Crisp late in the game.
Slough: Tvrdek, Balmer 1+0; Waller 0+1. Net: Vasiljevic (26.33) 15/3 & Myers (33.27) 27/5
Swindon: Kostal 1+3; Sandvik 0+4; Bullas 2+1; Smith, Pekkarinen 1+2; Harding 2+0; Watt 0+2; Nell 1+0. Net: Lyle (40.00) 24/2 & Crisp (20.00) 6/0
Period scores: 1-2/1-5/0-1
Shots On Goal: 42-30
Penalty Minutes: 8-10
Referee: T Pickett.
Sheffield Steeldogs 7, Slough Jets 3
*It took just 22 seconds for the Slough Jets to fall behind in their 7-3 defeat at the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday.
Sheffield’s Andrew Hirst swept the hosts in front against the short benched visitors in their penultimate game of a desperately disappointing season.
With the visitors missing Mindy Kieras and Cam McGiffin in defence it was always likely to be a tough ask to shut out the home side, but at 9.05 Kamil Tvrdek levelled for the Jets from Andrius Kaminskas’ assist.
The teams played out 18 minutes of scoreless hockey in the middle frame before the Steeldogs established a three goal lead within 50 seconds.
First Lee Haywood scored to make it 2-1 on 38.15, Cam Brownley then netted on 39.00 and just five seconds later Lubomir Korhon made it 4-1 by the end of the period.
Andrej Vasiljevic took over in nets for the Jets in the final period, with Brad Day doing the same for the home side.
Edgars Bebris notched 87 seconds into the final period to make it 5-1, before the Jets showed some spirit and fought back with goals from Stephen Balmer on 48.39 and Tvrdek’s second of the night on 52.53.
They briefly threat- ened a comeback, but those hopes were extinguished by Korhon’s second of the evening on 56.27 and while short-handed Calvert completed the victory with the Steeldogs’ seventh on 59.24.
Sheffield: Korhon 2+3; Haywood 1+2; Calvert, Brownley 1+1; Wood 0+2; Hirst, Bebris 1+0; Morgan, Elliot, Pattison, Gibson 0+1. Net: Sedlar (40.00) 13/1 & Day (20.00) 16/2
Slough: Tvrdek 2+1; Balmer 1+0; Kieras, Towalski, Rose, Temple 0+1. Myers (40.00) 28/4 & Vasiljevic (20.00) 16/3
Period scores: 1-1/3-0/3-
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