Confidence grows for Bees following back-to-back wins

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The TSI World Bees roll into this weekend’s matches off the back of two solid team performances against the Basingstoke Bison and Raiders.

Four-point weekends have been rather rare for the Bees this season, but Saturday’s 5-4 overtime success at the Bison was backed up with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over the Raiders on home ice, lifting the Bees back off the bottom of the NIHL National League.

This weekend sees them host the Peterborough Phantoms at the Slough Ice Arena on Saturday (6.30pm face-off) followed by a road match with the Sheffield Steeldogs on Sunday (6.30pm face-off).

The club’s latest signing Zaine McKenzie quickly made a name for himself, recording stats of 0+3 in last weekend’s matches, while club stalwart James Galazzi bagged a couple of goals on Sunday night to break the Raiders’ resistance.

Saturday’s opponents sit sixth in the table and come into this weekend’s matches having won four of their last five matches. Just as the Bees had done 24 hours earlier, they saw off the Basingstoke Bison on Sunday, winning 6-3.

Sunday sees the side make the long road trip to Sheffield where the Steeldogs lie in wait. The Steeldogs have benefitted from better player availability this season thanks to the mothballing of Hull and sit fourth in the standings heading into the weekend. They boast a strong roster in all areas and led the division earlier in the season before dropping back to fourth.

This weekend also marks a milestone for Gallazi who is set to play his 500th senior game in Sheffield. The club plans to mark the occasion on Saturday night against the Phantoms. So far this season Gallazi’s bagged 7+13 from 20 games and is a leader for the Bees both on and off the ice.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Bees’ coach Doug Sheppard said: “We're coming off two solid team performances from last weekend.

“We'll be a tough team to play against moving forward if we stay consistent with our work ethic and compete level.

“Come down this Saturday as we celebrate a huge accomplishment for a guy in Gazza who has done so much for the Bees organisation for more than a decade.”

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