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Luka Hits Three as Tigers Win Again

Hexagon Telford Tigers travelled to struggling Bristol to take on the Pitbulls. With Bristol bottom of the league and looking unlikely to qualify for the end of season playoffs the visitors were hopeful of gaining points in their own push for the playoffs. But, the team were notified on Friday that Aidan Wilson would be suspended for six games after a review of a penalty he was called for was upgraded to a check to the head. The knock on effect of the penalty was that the team exceeded 50 penalty points for the season which saw Head Coach Tom Watkins suspended for two games. Also missing were Jake Price, Connor Lee, Joe Aston and Archie Hazeldine. 

Tigers made the perfect start to the game with a goal in the third minute. Scott McKenzie set up Vladimir Luka to open the scoring with a fierce shot into the roof of the net. The rest of the period and in fact the whole game was a close affair and Bristol hit back with a goal midway through the game from Adam Harding.

In the last two minutes of the second period, Telford were back in front with Luka adding his second of the game after being set up by Fin Howells.

Early in the third period the hosts were level again. Jaden Peca was called for tripping and on the subsequent power play Brennan Feasey shot high past Brad Day to even the score.

But Bristol’s joy was short lived when three minutes later the visitors were back in front. Harry Ferguson’s pass put Rhodes Mitchell-King in on goal and Mitchell-King sent a superb wrist shot high past Bristol netminder Ben Norton.

As the game reached the final minute Bristol called a time out and pulled Norton from goal to add an extra attacker. Telford sealed the game with Luka sending the puck into the empty net to secure another hat trick for the Czech import forward and a third consecutive win for Telford.

Final Score: Bristol Pitbulls 2 Hexagon Telford Tigers 4.

Scorers:  Vladimir Luka (3) and Rhodes Mitchell-King.

Man of the match: Vladimir Luka.

After the game Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “It was a very close game, both sides had good chances and both goalies played very well, but we found a way to win and get it done on the road, with a short bench. Unfortunately it looks like we lost another player to injury tonight which is a worry and at the moment we don’t look to be getting any of the injured players back anytime soon. I’m grateful to Steve (Molyneux) , Sam (Watkins) and Danny (Rose) for taking the reigns tonight on the bench.”

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