Parry wants Tigers NIHL back in the groove after Barons loss

Tigers NIHL chief Jason Parry has immediately turned his focus to next week’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 Barons’ line-up.

Parry believes defeat to last season’s play-off winners was a “minor setback” in a remarkable year for his side.

He said: “The guys will be ready for next week, especially after tonight, that is for sure. It’s just a minor setback and we’ll be better for the home game.

“Solihull 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.

“The same thing happened to us in the play-offs, so we are already looking forward to putting it right.”

A breathless start in Solihull saw both sides score inside the first minute, with Telford’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: “We were the better team in the first period, but there were some strange calls in the second and I think that gave Solihull momentum.

“We got tired during that time and that ten-minute period of goals was the difference tonight.

“But we never gave up and had a chance at the end, but they grabbed the empty net goal.

Next Sunday’s clash with Solihull Barons, at Telford Ice Rink, faces off at 6pm.

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