the team were just four seconds from taking this game into 'sudden death' overtime, introduced this season to this league to decide 'drawn' games.
A small band of travelling fans were treated to a competitive sixty minutes of hockey and an entertaining atmosphere for a game in which the Jets, although never ahead, drew level three times before Bristol's Olly Shone netted a very late winner.
With new coach, Lukas Smital in charge and playing, hopefully, on a regular basis, and with the experience of assistant coach, Joe Ciccarello running the bench on game nights, this was a promising start to what will undoubtedly be a tough season for many of the teams in Division 2 (South). As new faces blend in and beign to gel, performances will improve on some of the antics and casualness which fans have witnessed for the past two years. The Jets are not going to win that many games this season (I predict), but I hope and expect to see a lot of competitive games like this one.
Cardiff Fire are up next, on 23rd September, with a 2:00pm face off at Ice Arena Wales and I hope that Sunday's showing will persuade a few fans to get up and make the trip to Cardiff Bay.
Updated 21:13 - 2 Oct 2017 by A J Beal Webmaster