Momentum is key for Tigers NIHL in Sheffield

Telford Tigers NIHL could go some way towards securing a Moralee Conference play-off spot tomorrow, when they face basement side Sheffield Senators.

Victory at Ice Sheffield would give Telford a two-point cushion in fourth place, with Spartans – the most likely side to challenge that position – due to face title-chasing Whitley.

Last weekend saw the Tigers win their first point since the start of January against Solway Sharks, thanks to a dramatic last-gasp goal from Josh Hustwick.

Tigers NIHL General Manager, Mike Washburn, believes that 3-3 draw could give his men the spark required to launch a late charge towards play-off glory.

He said: “A point at home to Solway might not sound much, but there was a huge difference in the mood of the guys afterwards. That could prove crucial over the next few weeks.

“Training this week has been sharp, professional and very, very fast. We have been working on pace and fast systems, both of which are our biggest forte.

“We are entering the business end of the season, so this uplift from the guys is coming at the right time. Momentum is very important in ice hockey, and we’re getting that right now.”

Saturday’s opponents are yet to win a game this season, having conceded a mammoth 200 goals in 24 games, while scoring just 45 times.

That record would usually point to an easy afternoon for the Shropshire men, but Washburn will be taking no chances.

He added: “Sheffield haven’t had a great season, but they’ll be hugely determined to put the record straight tomorrow. Any team in their position is dangerous.

“We have still got a few guys out through injury and others will be playing with the EPL side, so we can’t afford to relax. It will be fast start from us, with the intention of scoring early on.

“If we score that early goal, then we can hopefully start to control the game and manage the outcome. I don’t want us going into the third period still needing to score goals.

“The important thing is that we get the two points, and take it from there. We can’t control what the other teams do, but if we concentrate on our own fortunes, then we’ll have an excellent chance of making the play-offs.”

Tomorrow’s game at Ice Sheffield faces off at 3.45pm.

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