Parry wants Tigers NIHL back in the groove after Barons loss
Tigers NIHL chief Jason Parry has immediately turned his focus to next weekâ€™s visit of Solihull Barons, following their 6-4 defeat at Hobs Moat Road on Sunday night.
The two teams meet again at Telford Ice Rink in seven days time, in the second of a two-part series of Moralee Conference encounters.
The county men had an early 3-1 lead in Solihull on Sunday, but were unable to maintain that advantage against an experienced Baronsâ€™ line-up.
Parry believes defeat to last seasonâ€™s play-off winners was a â€œminor setbackâ€ in a remarkable year for his side.
He said: â€œThe guys will be ready for next week, especially after tonight, that is for sure. Itâ€™s just a minor setback and weâ€™ll be better for the home game.
â€œSolihull is a tough place to go, as we found out at the end of last season, so I am sure we will bounce back on our own ice.
â€œThe same thing happened to us in the play-offs, so we are already looking forward to putting it right.â€
A breathless start in Solihull saw both sides score inside the first minute, with Telfordâ€™s goal coming from James Smith.
The Tigers built a 3-1 cushion within nine minutes, thanks once again to Smith and Karol Jets.
But a ten minute sequence of play, in the second and third periods, handed Solihull victory after they scored four unanswered goals.
Macaulay Heywood gave the visitors hope of a comeback on 50 minutes, but the Barons sealed victory with an empty-net strike.
Parry added: â€œWe were the better team in the first period, but there were some strange calls in the second and I think that gave Solihull momentum.
â€œWe got tired during that time and that ten-minute period of goals was the difference tonight.
â€œBut we never gave up and had a chance at the end, but they grabbed the empty net goal.
Next Sundayâ€™s clash with Solihull Barons, at Telford Ice Rink, faces off at 6pm.