It’s goals galore for Tigers – but Watkins wants more

Tom Watkins will seek further improvements from his Telford Tigers players – despite watching them rout Sheffield Steeldogs 13-3 on Sunday night.

Victory at Telford Ice Rink was the biggest by any side in the English Premier League this season, as The Tigers gave notice of their title intentions.

The reigning champions were 4-0 up within the 18 minutes and although Sheffield halved that advantage in the second period, the result was never in doubt.

Watkins was delighted with his side’s performance against the Yorkshire side – but still believes there is room for improvement.

He said: “I thought we played really well in the first period, but I was disappointed the way started after the break and we made some silly errors.

“That kind of continued through that period. We were coming, they were coming, and our defence was a little bit open at times. They have players who can score good goals.

“I was happier with how we played the third period, in the fact that we didn’t give much away. It’s about trying to do the little things a bit better and shutting teams down, and I think we did that.”

That early 4-0 cushion came courtesy of goals from Joe Miller, Max Birbraer, Phil Hill and Jason Silverthorn.

Sheffield halved that advantage with two goals just after the break, before further strikes from Blaho Novak, Peter Szabo and Silverthorn.

The visitors again hit back at the start of the final session, but goals from Hill, Nathan Salem, Miller, Dale White (2) and Dan Scott completed the scoring.

Watkins added: “It was good to see Blaho, Dale and Nathan get on the board, chip in with a few and spread that through the team.

“Our powerplay could have been a bit better. It sounds strange, but I don’t think we shot enough pucks in those situations.

“Nobody wants to run up a big score, but we’ve put ourselves in a position where we need to improve our goal difference. We still want to challenge for the final four in the challenge cup.”

The wins solidifies Telford’s sixth place in the EPL standings, although celebrations were muted after defenceman Joe Graham was taken to hospital with a suspected twisted ankle.

The Tigers are back in action next Saturday night, when they host Peterborough Phantoms at Telford Ice Rink (6pm).

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