The Numbers Game: Wildcats vs Bees

Aaron Nell and Doug Sheppard go head to head this weekend in the Spring Cup (PHOTOS: Kat Medcroft & Kevin Slyfield)

The Spring Cup is well and truly underway and we’re already barging into weekend two with the enthusiasm of a child on Christmas Day.

There’s four games and two double headers and Swindon Wildcats are the first team to play in consecutive weekends in the competition.

After suffering two losses to Sheffield Steeldogs, they take on Bees in their first games since rebranding following their move from Bracknell.

We’ll set the scene for what’s to come with the pick of the stats ahead of the game:

Swindon and Bees are looking for Spring Cup points this weekend (PHOTO: Kat Medcroft)

10

Numbers of meetings between the two clubs last season, either in competitive and non-competitive games.

5

Players who have scored two goals in each of the last five meetings between the two clubs, with Roman Malinik scored two doubles for Bees and one each for Aidan Doughty and Dominik Gabaj, with Toms Rutkis and Aaron Nell doing the same for Wildcats.

7

Powerplay goals each for either team in their meetings during 2019/20.

17

Mileage using the fastest route between Bees’ former home of John Nike Leisure Complex to Slough Ice Arena, their new home.

70

Number of shots recorded by Swindon Wildcats in their two games against Sheffield Steeldogs in the opening Spring Cup weekend last week

Wildcats are looking to bounce back against Bees after their two losses last week (PHOTO: Kevin Slyfield)

1

Shutouts by Swindon in games against the former Bracknell Bees during 2019/20

178

Goals scored by Bees in their National League campaign last season – the second lowest of the ten teams who participated

17

Number of years Doug Sheppard has played and coached in the UK since he joined Basingstoke Bison in 2004.

49

Goals shared between the two teams in competitive matches in 2019/20

3

Shorthanded goals scored by Bees against Swindon in their ten meetings last season.

THIS WEEKEND (Click the fixture for relevant streaming information)

Swindon Wildcats vs Bees (Saturday, 3pm)

Bees vs Swindon Wildcats (Sunday, 2pm)

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