Jason’s just fine with Hawks hopes

Tigers NIHL coach Jason Parry will take advantage of the underdog tag during this weekend’s trip to Moralee Conference champions Blackburn Hawks.

Telford make the trip north on Sunday for their opening encounter at the higher level, following last season’s promotion from the Laidler Conference.

They will go into the game at Blackburn Ice Arena with reduced expectations, despite two resounding pre-season wins over Deeside Dragons.

And Parry believes those pre-match predictions could play into his hands, against side that was unbeaten last term.

He said: “It can’t get any tougher, going to Blackburn, but it is good that there won’t be any real expectation on our shoulders. It means we can just go and play our own game.

“They didn’t lose a game last season, so I want us to enjoy the game, take on the champions in their own building, and do our best.”

Blackburn have a number of former Telford-based players in their line-up, including Daniel MacKriel, Adam Brittle and Daniel Brittle.

But Parry, who played alongside MacKriel for The Tigers, expects those friendships to play no part in the game itself.

He added: “Of course, I know how some of the guys play, but you find that with most teams. There is always someone you know.

“It will be strange, coaching against someone who I sat next to in the Tigers dressing room for many years. We are mates, but once the puck drops it will be just another game.”

Telford’s game against Blackburn Hawks, on Sunday, faces off at 5.45pm.

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