Moralee taster for Tigers in defeat to Hawks
Tigers NIHL assistant coach Jason Parry believes Sundayâ€™s 5-3 defeat to Blackburn Hawks was a â€œwake-up callâ€ about the speed of the Moralee Conference.
Telford went three goals down after just a few minutes at Blackburn Ice Arena, as the reigning champions looked to stamp their authority on proceedings.
But a controlled performance saw The Tigers establish control over the rest of the game, apart from a five-minute passage at the end of the second session.
Parry, who guided Telford to promotion from the Laidler Conference last season, remained happy with his sideâ€™s competitive debut at the higher level.
He said: â€œWe were a little bit off the pace at the start and went three goals down within the first three minutes. That was a wake-up call for the guys, about this league.
â€œWe controlled a lot of the game, but just switched off for five minutes later in the second period, when they scored two goals. The lads played well, but it was just a few mistakes.
â€œThere were a lot more positives than negatives to take from the game, and we managed to win the last period 2-0.â€
Goals from Rjay Berra, Aaron Davies and Adam Brittle secured that early lead for Blackburn, before Macaulay Heywood hit back for Telford on 25 minutes.
Davies and Brittle were again on the mark during the closing stages of the second period, althoughÂ Adam Taylor and Heywood struck with two late goals.
Parry added: â€œI called a time-out at 3-0 down and that seemed to change the tempo of the game. We made a couple of big hits after that, which got us going.
â€œThe guys were chipping away at Blackburn, apart from those five minutes. We looked good in every period and showed a lot of character.â€
The Tigers NIHL are back in action next weekend, when they host Whitley Warriors at Telford Ice Rink on Saturday night (5.30pm).