March 16, 2018

The playoffs can wait 24 hours for Swindon Wildcats and Basingstoke Bison as the clubs go head to head tonight in the second leg of the NIHL Autumn Cup Final.

Wildcats hold a 3-1 lead from last week’s first leg as Stevie Whitfield, Jan Kostal and Aaron Nell found the net with only Vanya Antonov replying for Bison.

Tonight’s game at the Link Centre is at 7.45pm and will be played to a finish so overtime and penalty shots will come into play should the aggregate score be tied at 60 mintues.

Swindon are chasing their first regular season silverware since 2001, while Basingstoke would want to add the Cup to the league title won last Sunday.

NIHL league manager Richard Carpenter said: “After the drama of the league title race last weekend, I’m looking forward to another big night in Swindon on Friday.

“The two sides are well matched and in front of a bumper crowd with silverware on the line it should be another fantastic occasion for the NIHL.”

Puck drops at 7.45pm with tickets still available online or by calling 01793 886857.