Parry set for Hawks test
Tigers NIHL chief Jason Parry is looking to round off 2015 with victory over reigning Moralee Conference champions Blackburn Hawks in Telford on Saturday evening.
The county men still harbour hopes of gatecrashing this seasonâ€™s title party, with just two points separating them from second-placed Blackburn in the standings.
The Hawks do, however, have games in hand over The Tigers, but Parry is still determined to kick-start his sideâ€™s challenge for honours at Telford Ice Rink.
He said: â€œIt will be a massive test for us against Blackburn, but we might have a few guys away playing for the EPL Tigers, and with GB under-20s.
â€œThat just means the players we have will need to work hard and show us what they can do. I still think we have a very good chance of doing well against the Hawks.
â€œWe need to keep it tight and work hard over all three periods. Itâ€™s our last game of 2015, so to beat the champions at home would be brilliant for the lads.â€
Blackburn will ice a number of former Telford players on Saturday, including netminder Daniel Brittle, forward Adam Brittle and youngster Jordan Bannon.
The Hawks are also coached by Telford-trained player Daniel MacKriel â€“ but he will receive no special favours from the Tigers NIHL supremo.
He added: â€œYou donâ€™t have to look much further than guys like Adam Brittle and his brother Daniel in goal. Theyâ€™re a big part of the reason why Blackburn are doing so well.
â€œTheyâ€™ve also for a couple of very good imports, so it is going to be an extremely tough game for us. It is still a match we can win, though.
â€œWeâ€™ve got players who are showing us potential, and they will spend a lot of time in key areas against Blackburn.â€
Saturdayâ€™s game, at Telford Ice Rink, faces off at 5.30pm.