Tigers fall in shoot-out drama at Guildford
Telford Tigers paid the price for two second period mistakes with a 4-3 overtime defeat to Guildford Flames on Saturday night.
Tom Watkinsâ€™ men failed to capitalise on theirÂ 2-1 first period lead at the Spectrum, conceding two goals in just 30 seconds after the break.
Those strikes ultimately proved decisive, as the Flames won on penalty shots whenÂ the game ended 3-3 after overtime.
Tigers head coach Tom Watkins was unimpressed to see his side concede twice, after watching them kill a penalty immediately beforehand.
He said: â€œI was disappointed with those goals, as we had just killed a Guildford penalty. We werenâ€™t smart enough and were sloppy in front of goal.
â€œThomas Murdy made a good save, but Guildford went and picked up the rebound. The next goal was a virtual carbon copy, and we were on the wrong side of the puck on both occasions.
â€œThat is something we have been working on, so of course it is very disappointing. I thought overall we had a solid game, but those couple of mistakes cost us.
â€œWe blew our chances of winning the game in the second period and when it goes to a penalty shootout, you never know which was it is going to go.â€
Blaho Novak opened the scoring after 15 minutes in Surrey, before the hosts equalised just two minutes later.
But captain Jason Silverthorn struck to regain the lead for Telford almost straight away.
Those two goals on 34 minutes handed the initiative back to Guildford, as both sides enjoyed good periods of possession.
The Tigers drew level through Phil Hill after four minutes of the final period, but it wasnâ€™t enough to claim victory before the clock ticked by on overtime.
And with the Flames scoring twice in the ensuing penalty shootout, Telford returned to Shropshire with a single point.
Watkins added: â€œScoring goals is great, but ultimately I judge the guys on how they score as a team and right now theyâ€™re not winning as a team.
â€œWe could have been much smarter in the offensive zone, and picked up more rebounds. It is always disappointing to lose in those circumstances.â€
The Tigers are back in action on Sunday night, when they host Hull Pirates at Telford Ice Rink (6pm).