Bees' Smital pays tribute to Petran
Published 22 Nov 2012 17:30 0 Comments
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Lukas Smital, right, is delighted with the contribution Marcel Petran has made. Pic by Ian and Jennie Coughlan.
BRACKNELL Bees assistant coach Lukas Smital has hailed Marcel Petran as the player his side were missing last year.
The Slovakian defenceman, who joined in the summer from Basingstoke Bison, has been a key part of the Bees set-up so far in both attack and at the back.
Indeed, with 10 goals to his name already this year - including two in the comeback win against Peterborough Phantoms last weekend - he has already surpassed the total scored by the entire defence in 2011/12.
Along with his goals, he has provided plenty of assists and added a cutting edge to the powerplay unit with his fearsome slapshot.
"Marcel is the player we didn't have last season," Smital told the News. "He's got a big shot and can score from anywhere, we didn't have that and it makes a huge difference if you have someone who can score big goals, especially if they are a defender."
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