Maynard makes most of scoring chance
Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins has hailed the performance of defenceman Marcus Maynard in Saturday nightâ€™s 4-2 win over Bracknell Bees in the Red Hockey Cup.
Maynard was handed a role in Telfordâ€™s forward line for the game at Slough Ice Rink, after a string of absences from the EPL championsâ€™ squad.
And Watkins was rewarded with a second period goal from the 28-year-old, as he helped to secure a winning start to the new campaign.
He said: â€œThese games are all about the performance, how you execute your systems and getting into good habits. You need to approach each situation with discipline.
â€œI thought Marcus played really well for us as a forward. He was great along the boards and made some good hits on the defensive side of the puck.
â€œHe scored a good goal and made a great play on another goal, so it was a strong performance from him.â€
Telford got off to an early start with a goal from Blaho Novak after just one minute on Saturday, although the hosts hit back moments later.
The second period saw The Tigers build a two-goal lead with strikes from Peter Szabo and Maynard, before Bracknell made it 3-2 ahead of the final session.
Novak, however, was on target to secure victory after 51 minutes, as Watkinsâ€™ side continued their recent dominance over the Berkshire outfit.
â€œI think because weâ€™ve got a lot of returning players, the guys knew what to expect,â€ Watkins said.
â€œItâ€™s all about timing and there were a few things we could do better. They will get better after a week of training, and of course during tomorrowâ€™s game.
â€œIt was a good workout and we identified a few things we can work on. All in all, I was pleased with how the guys played.â€
The Tigers return to action tomorrow evening, when they host Bracknell in the Red Hockey Cup at Telford Ice Rink (6pm).