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Tigers Blanked

Hexagon Telford Tigers travelled to Wiltshire to take on the free scoring Wildcats. Both teams had played on Friday but with differing results. Tigers had lost to league leaders Leeds Knights while Swindon had won the first leg of their National League Cup Semi Final against Milton Keynes.

Tigers were still without Jake and Lucas Price and Joe Aston for the game but were able to add Aidan Wilson to the roster.

The start of the game was delayed by half an hour due to issues with the ice but when play finally got under way it was a very tight game with both sides failing to create much in the way of chances.

The first two periods were goalless with both net minders playing well. Renny Marr in the Swindon goal and Brad Day in the Tigers goal were the stand out players. Vladimir Luka and Fin Howells had the best chances for Telford but were denied by Marr.

At the start of the third period it seemed it would be small margins that would decide the game and a high sticking penalty by Henry Adams gave Swindon the opportunity to go ahead. Just nine seconds into the power play Swindon had the lead with a goal from Aaron Nell who shot past Day from the left circle. 

Tigers were further behind a minute later when Tyler Plews picked out the unmarked Tomaz Malasinski at the top of the right circle and Malasinski shot over Day into the net to double the home side’s lead.

With a Telford goal looking less and less likely as the period progressed, Swindon sealed the victory with a goal from Colby Tower in the latter stages of the game.

Tigers fall to their second defeat of the weekend and head home to face the Wildcats again the in their next game.

Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 3 Hexagon Telford Tigers 0.

Scorers: None.

Man of the match: Rhodes Mitchell-King.

After the game Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “Overall it was a good performance once again but not enough to pick up the points. It was the same as the game against Leeds on Friday, we stayed in the game and pushed hard but didn’t have enough offensive quality to make a difference. Five on five offensively we haven’t been good enough against the teams above us in the league and once again tonight we had the same issue. In the past the power play has been such a weapon for us but we couldn’t find a way to score tonight.”

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