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Racers upped their game in the 2nd period scoring 3 unanswered goals. Racers 2nd goal saw Drew Campbell win the faceoff, passing the puck back to Mark Sunders who fed Josh Ealey-Newman who skated away and scored. The 3rd and 4th goals were scored just 19 seconds apart in the 34th minute. Daniel Clayton scoring both. The second of those being a tap in at the far post after Matt Brown thought he had already scored but the puck hadn’t crossed the line.
The 3rd period was a period of two halves. Racers came out where they left off in the 2nd and scored another 3 goals with Josh Abbott and Daniel Clayton both completing their hat tricks to put the home team 7-1 up. However in the last 10 minutes Bristol started to play some good hockey and scored 4 unanswered goals. When the score was 7-4 we saw the unusual situation where Bristol pulled their netminder. This had the desired effect and Bristol scored their 5th goal.
This leaves us top of the cup table with just 2 games against Swindon to play in the new year. Racers needs 2 points from these games to qualify for the cup final weekend which will be played at Alexandra Palace on the weekend of the 9/10 April.
Racers: Clayton 3+0, Abbott 3+0, Ealey-Newman 1+2, Brown 0+3, Tull 0+2, Saunders 0+1, Campbell 0+1Shepherd 46 shots/5 goals 89.13%
Bristol: O Shone 2+1, Smith 1+1, S Shone 1+0, Pettitt 1+0, Newton 0+1, Abu Saada 0+1, M Hargreaves 0+1, R Hargreaves 0+1, J Dolphin 0+1, Prince 0+1
Leckie 22 shots/5 goals 77.27% / Dibble 9 shots/2 goals 77.78%
MOM: Racers Josh Abbott / Bristol Logan Prince
Report by : Tim Stuart"