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Tigers Shut Out by Lightning

Hexagon Telford Tigers hit the road to take on second placed Milton Keynes after beating the same opponent in dramatic fashion in their last game. Tigers ended a run of five consecutive defeats with a victory over the Lightning in the dying seconds of the game last Sunday, putting a huge dent in the Lightning’s title challenge.

Telford welcomed back Matty Bloor as back up net minder but were without Ryan Leese and Connor Lee along with a number of long term absentees.

Tigers were behind early in the game and were unfortunate with the way the goal was scored. A shot by Mack Stewart hit the net at the side of the goal and landed in the path of Liam Stewart who caught Brad Day looking the wrong way and sent the puck into the net from an acute angle.

Most of the opening period was close with both teams trading shots and both net minders making good saves. Tigers fell further behind late in the opening period when Rory Herrman was sent clear on goal and beat Day by sending him the wrong way and then putting the puck past him to his left into the open net. 

Telford started the second period by going close again when Jesse Sutton rang a shot off the post and Jaden Peca fanned on the puck when well placed. But most of the period was lacklustre for Tigers with the game missing the intensity and physicality of the previous meeting between the teams. Lightning added a third goal when Dillon Lawrence’s shot was saved by Day but Herrman was on hand to fire the rebound home and give the home side an unassailable lead.

Tigers tried to narrow the deficit in the third period but found Jordan Hedley in the Milton Keynes goal in top form and the home side maintained possession in key areas and ran out the clock to seal the victory and send Telford home without a goal or the points.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Lightning 3 Hexagon Telford Tigers 0.

Scorers: None.

Man of the match: Rhodes Mitchell-King.

After the game Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “It was a poor effort and attitude for two periods this evening. We didn’t play with any grit or physicality, certainly didn’t compete at the level that is expected and that showed in our possession and lack of offence. We didn’t find any quality on the puck, turned lots of pucks over ten feet inside the offensive blue line and we never got going tonight.”

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