Hull Pirates elimination from the 2017 play off race was confirmed tonight when they lost at home to Basingstoke Bison, going down 2-4.
Knowing only a win could keep their slim mathematical hopes of progress to Coventry alive, Jason Hewitt’s men made the worst possible start on 1:14 when Derek Roehl slotted home the 1st goal of the night for the visitors. Undeterred by the shaky start the Pirates started to move the puck about neatly and shortly after the Bison netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky was penalised for tripping Andrej Themar, the Pirates were on level terms when on 11:45 Jamie Chilcott fired home a powerplay goal. Both teams traded penalties as the period drew to a close with Dominic Osman of the Pirates sent to the box on 19:59 for slashing.
Lee Bonner went close for the Pirates early in the 2nd period but couldn’t quite connect with a Ugnius Cizas pass, and on 26:18 the Pirates fell behind again when Joe Rand scored unassisted for the Bison but shortly after on 30:36 Andrej Themar made the Bison pay the price for having a man in the penalty box with a excellent goal, the 2nd home powerplay goal of the night, to level up at 2 apiece. The Pirates couldn’t take advantage of a 5 on 3 late on in the period and had to settle for parity after 40 minutes.
The Bison took full advantage of a Jamie Chilcott penalty visit midway through the 3rd period when Aaron Connolly scored, though it looked like Vlastomil Lakosil should have had a penalty given to him for interference, but the goal stood. 2-3 Bison. With the game coming to a finish Nathan Salem was unlucky as he muscled his way to the Bison net only to see his shot rattle the post and away. With 1:22 remaining on the clock Jason Hewitt called a time out and subsequently Lakosil was benched as the Pirates searched for the equaliser but no sooner had this happened on 58:43 Derek Roehl scored an empty net goal to complete the scoring, 2-5 and the Pirates participation in the Coventry semi final weekend.
The Pirates man of the match was Andrej Themar who netted yet another goal in a prolific season personally.
The Pirates 2017 season will come to an end this weekend with Swindon at home on Saturday, 6pm and away to unbeaten Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday.
Thanks to Lois Tomlinson for the photographs.