National League: Basingstoke 6 London Raiders 0
PUBLISHED: 07:59 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:59 20 November 2017
London Raiders ended up well beaten by a Basingstoke Bison, who made it 10 straight wins in the National League on Sunday.
Edged out by Swindon on Saturday night, Raiders were back on the road to face another former EPL side with Alan Lack still absent and JJ McGrath making his final appearance before a move to Canada.
And they were left shorthanded with only 97 seconds played as Matt Turner was called for a tripping penalty.
Raiders fell behind with just over seven minutes gone as Aaron Connolly put the home side ahead and a hooking minor against Ollie Baldock allowed Bison the chance to double their advantage on the power play through import Tomas Karpov.
Raiders held out until just before the midway mark before conceding a third goal, to Roman Malinik, and it was 4-0 in the 35th minute as Daniel Davies grabbed the first of his two goals on the night.
Raiders were outshot 39-9 over the course of the first two periods, but managed to fire another 10 shots on Dean Skinns in the final session.
They could not end the Bison goalie’s shutout, though, and saw Davies and Grant Rounding score inside the last eight minutes to take Basingstoke’s tally to six.
Goalie Michael Gray took the man of the match award for Raiders after facing 49 shots in total and his side will hope to bounce back when they host struggling Invicta next Saturday (November 25, 5.30pm).
Scorers, Bison: Dan Davies 2+1; Roman Malinik 1+2; Tomas Karpov 1+2; Aaron Connolly 1+1; Grant Rounding 1; Ivan Antonov 0+2; Kurt Reynolds 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Bison 0 Raiders 4.
Shots on goal: Dean Skinns (B) 6-3-10=19-0; Michael Gray (L) 22-17-10=49-6.
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