Basingstoke Bison win English Premier League Cup

Bison celebrate EPL Cup win

Basingstoke Bison claimed their first major trophy for 14 years defeating Milton Keynes Lightning to win the English Premier League Cup.

Bison lost the second leg 4-3 in front of 1,300 supporters but earned a 7-5 aggregate victory.

Bison, who play in the second tier of English ice hockey, are celebrating their 25th anniversary season.

"Our fans have been tremendous and waited a long time for tonight", coach Doug Sheppard told BBC South Today.

It seemed destined to be a nervous night for Bison, who won the first leg 4-1, but when Aaron Connolly put them in front within 20 seconds making the aggregate score 5-1, it seemed like it would be a victory parade.

But Milton Keynes fought back. As the night went on the Bison's aggregate lead fell away and midway through the third period MK took a 4-2 lead on the night, it was suddenly 6-5 on aggregate.

It took Andy Melachrino to settle those nerves, scoring the goal which restored a two-goal aggregate lead and the celebrations began.

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