The Bristol Honda Pitbulls rounded out a fantastic weekend with a 6-0 victory over Bees IHC on Sunday night at Slough Ice Arena,

The Pitbulls went to Berkshire with the same roster as the previous night, meaning Edgars Landsbergs made his return to Slough fresh from scoring a debut goal in The Pound the previous night. Ben Norton got the start in net for the Pitbulls on what would be a memorable night for the youngster, while Brython Preece started between the pipes for the hosts.

The early stages of the opening period saw both teams feeling each other out, the Pitbulls restricted to breakaway opportunities through Landsbergs, Juha Lindgren & Bayley Harewood but a combination of Preece and good backchecking denied the Pitbulls. Marcel Balaz had the Bees best chance after skating round the back of the net and working the puck onto his forehand side but Norton kept him out and the Pitbulls led moments later. At the end of the shift Brennan Feasey was fed the puck by Reece Cochrane, the Canadian skated up the left wing and fired what looked to be a rather innocuous effort on net, but it had enough to beat Preece and open the scoring.

Less than three minutes later, the Pitbulls new look powerplay went to work and doubled the advantage. It was excellent puck movement from the five-man unit, Harewood played the killer pass across the zone to Adam Harding and he put it on a plate for Max Birbraer in tight who got his second goal in as many games. The visitors weren’t done there either, with Brendan Baird in the box again, Tanner Butler ripped a shot from the blue line that snuck through Preece but his blushes were spared as the puck was cleared out of the blue paint as it trickled towards goal.

Bees came out fast in period 2 and had a couple of chances but the biggest turning point of the game came just over four minutes into the second period. Feasey the architect again, he had the puck just below the goal line at the boards, he spotted that Preece was cheating up in his crease and fired a shot off his body and into the net. The result of that shot meant Preece couldn’t continue, the Bees having to turn to young back-up Brett Shepherd to play the remaining 36 minutes.

Bees again pushed but again found Norton on top form between the pipes, Balaz again the man denied. However the Pitbulls soon found themselves on the PP and not long after found their lead extended to four. Yet again it was all about Feasey, he drew the penalty from Ty Cathcart and halfway through the minor, he ripped a shot shortside past Shepherd to seal his hat-trick. Bees had their best spell of the game closing out period 2, a couple of powerplay opportunities, Gianni Vitali with the best chance with Norton moving side-to-side, the American couldn’t hit the target with his shot in close and the Bees’ wastefulness combined with a great display from Norton and the shot blocking in front of him meant the Pitbulls led by four after forty minutes.

With their four goal lead, the Pitbulls seemed to look to soak up pressure in the third and attempted to see the game out. Again Norton was called into action but a collective effort defensively meant the Bees struggled to create many great chances despite a couple of PP opportunities for the hosts. Just over halfway through the third the game was put to bed. Reece Cochrane fired on net from the blue line and it was too hot to handle for Shepherd, the rebound was pounced upon by Harding who doubled his tally for the weekend.

Stuart Mogg was guilty of squandering the best chance for the hosts as we entered the final seven minutes. He pinched in from the blue line and found himself in the slot under little pressure but he fired his shot over the bar and less than a minute later the Pitbulls had six. Great work from Tanner Butler in his own end under pressure from Dominik Gabaj, he worked it out to Harewood who found Feasey, he skated over the line down the right wing and sniped another one past Shepherd, his forth of the night and the Pitbulls’ sixth. As time ticked away the Bees struggled to create a big chance, the Pitbulls PK coming to the fore again with blocks and clearances meaning Ben Norton, aged just 19, completed his first shut-out in adult hockey. He is the youngest netminder to start in net in the National League this season and deservedly earned the Pitbulls’ player of the match award, saving all 34 shots he faced.