BOTW Special – Basingstoke Raptors vs Summerbell Selects

John Summerbell Memorial Game in aid of Cancer Research UK

Basingstoke Raptors 6-15 Summerbell Selects

Austen x3                        Miller

Inglis                               Barker x2

D. Jones                          Moria x2

Pearce                            Taylor

                                      Sutton

                                       Tribe

                                       Leary

                                       Thomason x 2

                                       Tyrell

                                       G. Summerbell x 3

WARNING: Some events have been…errr…“enhanced” to protect the innocent or at least make them look slightly better. Enjoy

George Summerbell’s natural hattrick in the third period was the icing on the cake for the Summerbell Selects as they powered to a 15-6 victory over the Basingstoke Raptors in the John Summerbell Memorial Game at the Basingstoke Arena on Saturday night.

The Raptors started brightly and a Mark Austen tip off a point shot put them 1-0 up at 3:13 but the line of Joe Miller, Nicky Chinn and Steve Moria caused real problems for the Raptors defence, testing goalie Lee Jones regularly. The Selects eventually broke the deadlock when a pass from Chinn found Miller for the tap in to tie the scores.

The titanic clash saw play swing back and forth between the two sides with chances both ways but it was the Summerbell side who would lead at the break; a pass from below the red line by Tony Redmond found Alex Barker in the slot who fired past Jones for the 2-1.

A chance for the Raptors early in the second period was turned away by Connor Standing in the Summerbell net and it would prove costly for the Raptors as the Selects raced down the other end and Neil Liddiard set up Steve Moria for the one timer to make it 3-1.

The spirit of the Raptors however was not broken and Alex Compton’s pass set Mark Austen away who fired past Standing for 3-2.

It was then the Summerbell Selects turned on the style with a few goals in quick succession. Steve Moria fed Nathan Taylor for 4-2 and that was quickly followed by a 5th goal, this time from Moria himself. Lee Jones and his defence were putting up a brave effort and the netminder was regularly making good stops but he couldn’t stop Ryan Sutton’s redirect through his 5 hole that made the score 6-2 nor could the Raptors defence stop some slick passing that set Craig Tribe up at Jones’ back post for 7-2.

There was an answer from the Raptors in the form of Steve Inglis. Sadly your intrepid reporter and most of the crowd were blinded by a flash of light but we’re reliably informed that Inglis rounded all the outskaters on the other side before somersaulting over the last defenceman before going top shelf on Standing for 7-3 just after the half way mark.

The Summerbell Selects responded and made it 8-3 when a tic tac toe play from Ryan Sutton to Paul Thomason found Alex Barker and it was 9-3 shortly afterwards when Neil Leary fired home.

As time wound down in the period, Lee Jones produced the save of the day when he got part of an arm to a shot from Thomason and the Raptors made it count as they went down the other end and Sieghard Marchetti’s pass found Daren Jones who managed to squeak the puck by Standing to make it 9-4 to the Selects going into the final period.

It was the Selects however who made the better start to the final period when Nathan Taylor sent Paul Thomason away and he fired through the 5 hole of Jones for 10-4.

The Raptors weathered the storm of attack and struck back a few minutes later when Dan Pearce took the feed out of the corner, controlled the puck and fired past Standing to make it 10-5 but Thomason responded almost immediately taking the feed from Craig Tribe and firing it home for 11-5.

Not wanting to feel left out, Mark Austen completed his hattrick with a beautiful dangle around the defenceman and then firing shortside over Connor Standing’s shoulder to bring the Raptors within 5 at 11-6.

Kurt Tyrell made it 12-6 for the Summerbell side before the George Summerbell show began. After a few near chances that were kept out by the Raptors defence, the Selects #15 tapped home from Chinn from Miller from Liddiard from Moria. The goal brought the crowd to its feet as he was mobbed by his team mates and the other team.

The Raptors were rocked as Summerbell raced straight down the ice and redirected a feed past Jones for 14-6, the assists coming from Nicky Chinn and Tony Hand.

Summerbell rounded out the scoring when he combined with Joe Miller to end the contest with the apt scoreline of 15-6 in favour of the Summerbell Selects.

OK, that’s the fun bit done. Around 500 people turned out in favour of a great cause and all the organisers deserve a ton of credit for putting on such a great event and a tip of the hat to all the pros for giving up their time. No final total has been announced yet but I’m sure it’ll be massive. Hopefully John enjoyed it from where he was watching.

You can find out how to watch Andy Leach’s amazing dangling skills and more about the Basingstoke Raptors including when their fixtures are at http://www.basingstokeraptors.com/

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