As mentioned in my Tigers weekend post last week, this weekend just gone was a big one for the Tigers. A weekend double header against fellow stragglers the Bracknell Bee's. The Tigers recent run of form has many fans, myself included, wondering how they struggled early on. In fact since taking a point from the shootout loss in Altrincham, the Tigers have been playing very hard and upsetting a few expectations. Picking up valuable points along the way.
A double against the Bee's would also give them a chance of their first four point weekend of the season. But it would not be easy as the Bee's are a good side, and when Pinc and Cesky are on top form, they can be devastating.
The first game down in the hive looks to have been a tighter game than the scoreline suggests, but the fate of the game hinged on a mass brawl in the second period. By the sounds of things it involved a bench clearance and both goalies, so I hope there is some youtube footage of that out on the Internet! In the end the Tigers skated out to a 7 - 3 victory and two valuable points taken from the opposition.
All back to Telford then? Ok! The second fixture of the double header saw a larger crowd come to Telford Ice Rink, for what could be a tasty game. With the Tigers looking to get a win on home ice, and the Bees looking for revenge! It sounds like the Bees really went for it in this game, and Martin Clarckson in the Tigers goal living somewhat of a charmed life. Using his head to make a save at one point! The Bees must have wondered what they needed to do to score, after hitting the post on three occasions! Despite this the Tigers held on for a 5 - 3 victory to complete an excellent 4 point weekend. Ashley Calvert, playing against his old club picked up the man of the match award!
Telford Tigers Video Highlights:
Telford Tigers Weekend Report
Bracknell 3 Telford 7
Telford 5 Bracknell 3
So well done Telford, a great weekend for you! Next up for the Tigers are a home an away series against the Guildford Flames. I do think the Flames will be too strong for the Tigers and will do the double over Telford. However I do think the Tigers have enough to get a point, or a couple from the weekend! I hope to be proved wrong, as any points the Tigers take from Guildford will aid the Phoenix at the top of the table. So.....prove me wrong Telford!