Jasonâ€™s just fine with Hawks hopes
Tigers NIHL coach Jason Parry will take advantage of the underdog tag during this weekendâ€™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 seasonâ€™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: â€œIt canâ€™t get any tougher, going to Blackburn, but it is good that there wonâ€™t be any real expectation on our shoulders. It means we can just go and play our own game.
â€œThey didnâ€™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.â€
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: â€œOf course, I know how some of the guys play, but you find that with most teams. There is always someone you know.
â€œIt 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.â€
Telfordâ€™s game against Blackburn Hawks, on Sunday, faces off at 5.45pm.