Day Blanks Bristol as Tigers Earn Four Point Weekend. Hexagon Telford Tigers returned to home ice for their second of back to back games against Bristol. Jaden Peca boosted the squad by returning after serving a two game suspension.
Having won convincingly in Bristol in the previous game between the teams, Tigers were keen to get off to a good start and were ahead midway through the opening period. Jesse Sutton won a battle behind the Bristol goal and sent the puck in front for Vladimir Luka to hammer home. The game in Telford was similar to the game in Bristol the previous day with Bristol creating plenty of chances but unable to finish them or being stopped by Brad Day who was in top form.
The second period saw Tigers take the game away from the visitors. Louie Newell set up Fin Howells who shot in off the post to double the hosts’ lead. A minute later Tigers had a third goal, with Newell scoring from close range with a low shot past Bristol net minder Ben Norton. Telford were then awarded a penalty shot when Sutton was impeded as he was about to shoot at goal. Sutton took the penalty shot and cooly shot low past Norton for Tigers’ fourth goal.
Telford added a fifth goal shortly after with a terrific stretch pass by Deakan Fielder sending Connor Lee in on goal allowing the young forward to shoot over Norton. The final goal of the period was scored by Sutton after Luka sent him in on goal and for the second time in the game the Canadian import forward beat Norton with a low shot.
Bristol never gave up and had plenty of efforts on Brad Day’s goal but the experienced Tigers’ net minder was not going to be beaten and stopped everything that was thrown at him during the game.
Scott McKenzie got the goal his performance deserved late in the third period, getting the final touch during a goalmouth scramble to force the puck over the line. Telford gain a four point weekend and take their winning run to three games.
Final Score: Hexagon Telford Tigers 7 Bristol Pitbulls 0.
Scorers: Jesse Sutton (2), Vladimir Luka, Fin Howells, Louie Newell, Connor Lee and Scott McKenzie.
Man of the Match: Brad Day.
After the game Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “I’m delighted with the win, the two points and of course the shut out which is a huge testament to the quality Brad brings to the team. He was outstanding all weekend, he was the difference in both games and to register close to a fifty shot shut out is very impressive.
I guess the part I’m frustrated with us is giving up nearly fifty shots, that’s a lot to give up any night let alone at home. Nonetheless it is a four point weekend and three straight wins for us so I am pleased with that.”