The Queen Bees finished the 18/19 season last weekend with a double header, against Kingston Diamonds and Guildford Lightning. Whilst already crowned champions, they wanted to finish the season off on a high as they head into playoffs.
The QB's traveled to Hull on Saturday to face the Diamonds with a very short bench, only 9 skaters due to injuries and unavailability of the rest of the QB's roster. Just over 5 minutes into the first period, Diamonds went ahead. Whilst out shooting the Diamonds 14 to 3 in the first, the QB's couldn't find an answer. 3 minutes into the second, the QB's responded through Ellie Wakeling to tie the game 1-1. There was no break through in the third despite the QB's out shooting Kingston 54 to 12 and points were shared.
Final score: 1-1, Player of the game was Lauren Summers
The QB's were straight back into action with their final game of the season on Sunday, at home against Guildford Lightning with a much healthier size bench. The Queen Bees broke the deadlock after 16 minutes through Cartwright, ending the period 1-0. Second period saw the QB's add a further 3 goals to the tally from Newman, Gale and Cartwright to make it 4-0. An exciting third period saw both QB's and Guildford score 3 goals a piece, with the QB's goals coming from Harris, Summers and Newman.
Final score : 7 -3, Player of the game was Sam Bonathan
The Queen Bees ended the 18/19 season crowned champions for the eighth year in a row, and the second year in a row undefeated. Their record was 20GP (18W 2D 0L) with 127 goals scored, conceding only 23 giving them a goal difference of +104.
Whilst another amazing Queen Bees season comes to an end it was bitter sweet as goalie Sam Bonathan announced her retirement. Sunday's game was her last at Bracknell. The club thank Sam for her outstanding contribution to the club both on and off the ice, and wish her the best in her life after hockey! One last dance at play-offs!
League table and stats here:-EIHA Elite League