Last Night saw the Eagles welcome Swindon Sabertooths to the Viola Arena for their first game of 2019.
The game started with a high tempo and both teams had early chances to find the net. Swindon would be the first to find the net in the 7th minute with a shot from the slot finding the back of the net. A goal 3 minutes later from the Sabertooths gave them a 2-0 lead and with no further goals saw them head into the 1st period break with the lead.
A early power play opportunity in the second saw Elvis Elge find the net and cut the lead. Swindon were able to restore their 2 goal lead after just 2
Minutes. Again before teams continued to push and chances were to be had at both ends. Before Jonny Morgan was to find the net 8 minutes into the period and cut the lead and make it a 3-2 game.This was to be short lived and Swindon quickly restored their 2 goal lead after 30 seconds of play. Swindon were to increase their lead after 15 minutes to lead the game 5-2. Some quick tic tac toe play between the line of Jonny Morgan, Brandon Hubbs and Mark Wheeler saw Brandon slot home for the Eagles and make it a 5-3 game. 3 minutes later finding himself alone in the slot Matt Salisbury was to slot home and with no further goals in the period saw the Sabertooths head into the period break with a 5-4 lead.
20 seconds into the 3rd period and Scott Townsend was to beat a few Sabertooths players and slot home to tie the game. Just 1 minute later defence man Matt Lacey with a shot from the point was to find the net and give the Eagles the lead for the first time in the game. This lead was to be short lived with Swindon quickly tying up the game. Both teams continued to push for the winner but neither side could find the net and so both teams had to settle for a well fought out draw.
Eagles Man of the match went to Rupert Holland and star of the match went to Gareth Davies.
Brandon Hubbs 1 Goal
Elvis Elge 1 Goal
Jonny Morgan 1 Goal
Mark Wheeler 2 Assists
Matt Lacey 1 Goal
Matt Salisbury 1 Goal
Rupert Holland 1 Assist
Scott Townsend 1 Goal 1 Assist