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Raiders captain Connolly is excited to face former club Basingstoke for first time

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 September 2018

Raiders captain Aaron Connolly looks to shoot past Invicta defenceman Ondrej Zosiak (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders captain Aaron Connolly looks to shoot past Invicta defenceman Ondrej Zosiak (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders captain Aaron Connolly is excited to see some old faces in Basingstoke this weekend, but insists the most important thing is bagging more points for his current club.

Raiders Aaron Connolly and Dan Scott battle for the puck with Invicta's Cameron Bartlett (Pic: John Scott)Raiders Aaron Connolly and Dan Scott battle for the puck with Invicta's Cameron Bartlett (Pic: John Scott)

The 25-year-old forward spent five seasons with the Basingstoke Bison before opting to move to the Raiders in the summer and will now come up against his former club for the first time since this weekend.

Connolly and his side will make the trip to Planet Ice Basingstoke on Saturday evening, before returning home to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre to face Milton Keynes Thunder the following night.

He said: “I spent a long time in Basingstoke and have very fond memories of my time, there so it will be nice to go back and see some of the old faces. But my main focus is helping secure another two points for Raiders.”

Bison will also be raising the championship banners in recognition of the team’s successes during the 2017/18 season before face-off at 6.30pm.

Both Connolly and Dan Scott, who also left Basingstoke to join Raiders, will be taking part in the ceremony as they were key figures in the successful side that celebrated a treble last term.

“We had a very successful season last year and being lucky enough to still be part of the ceremony despite no longer being in the team will be a pleasure,” added Connolly.

“The fans were unbelievable to me throughout my time in Basingstoke and I’ll be forever grateful for their support.

“Hopefully they won’t give me too much abuse on Saturday!”

On the ice, he is focused on results and picking up as many points as possible, but he does expect every match to be a tough encounter.

“I think it’s apparent from all the results so far that the league is going to be very tight and if we want to be battling for titles at the end of season we need to be securing as many points early on,” he said.

Connolly has also made it clear that the club’s first 14 fixtures of the season are even more vital as they count as cup matches as well as league points, adding: “The first 14 games also count towards the cup competition so are even more important for us.”

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