It’s six of the best from Tigers against Lightning
Telford Tigers scooped their second pre-season win of the weekend with a 6-1 drubbing of Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday night.
Victory at Telford Ice Rink followed a 4-2 success in Milton Keynes on Saturday, as Tom Watkins’ men brought a tough first week of training to an end.
They now go on to second week of preparations for the English Premier League campaign, culminating in next week’s double-header against Hull Pirates.
Watkins said: “Milton Keynes were a few guys down tonight and haven’t skated as much as us, but I think we were probably as heavy-legged as them.
“We have been at it for a week, and players do of course start to get fatigued. We also lost Danny Rose early in the game, then Phil Hill later on.
“Joe Miller is already out injured and probably will be for about six weeks, so I think we took our chances well tonight.
“Our powerplay unit moved the puck well and there were a couple of back door tap-ins that we probably should have had in the second period.
“Generally, I am very pleased with the first weekend.”
Telford did, in fact, start the game short handed, following a delayed face-off – but they scored with a shorthanded breakaway goal from Matty Davies after just 38 seconds.
Jonathan Weaver doubled that advantage ten minutes later, before the visitors pulled a goal back on 15 minutes.
But Milton Keynes got no closer during the rest of the evening, as Adam Taylor struck at the halfway point of proceedings.
Macaulay Heywood added a fourth at the start of the third period, before Michal Satek tucked away a penalty shot on 51 minutes.
And Sam Zajac rounded off the scoring on the stroke of full time with a deflected shot from the blue line.
Watkins added: “Our penalty killing was great on both nights, but it was frustrating that we started the first period shorthanded.
“The boys battled hard, though, and they blocked shots, got pucks out, then scored a great short-handed goal right at the start.
“We kind of ended that first ten minutes with the momentum, even though we were penalty killing a lot.”
Telford are back in action next weekend, when they travel to face Hull Pirates on Saturday night, before the return match in Shropshire 24 hours later.