Tigers NIHL beaten by the bounce at Barons
Telford Tigers NIHL coach Jason Parry bemoaned his sideâ€™s poor fortune in Sunday nightâ€™s 7-5 defeat to local rivals Solihull Barons.
Parryâ€™s men took a 2-1 lead during the second period at Hobs Moat Road, as they looked to secure their third win over the Barons this season.
But four answered goals from Solihull put the game beyond reach in the final session, ahead a late â€“ but ultimately unsuccessful – fightback from Telford.
Parry, however, was full of praise for his young squad’sÂ performance.
He said: â€œI was pleased with the way the guys played tonight, and for large parts of the game we were the better side.
â€œWe defended solidly, but it was four deflected goals that really hurt us. Nothing can be done about those, and we just didnâ€™t get the rub of the green.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t a case of playing badly, but those four goals made the difference tonight.â€
Solihull took the lead after just nine minutes, although Philip Mulcahy equalised for Telford on the quarter-hour mark.
Callum Bowley gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at the start of the second session, before the Barons drew level on 22 minutes.
Corey Goodison restoredÂ the Tigers’ advantage just a few moments later, but that was cancelled out by 30th-minute goal from Solihull.
Four goals at the start of theÂ third period appeared to seal two points for the hosts, despite further late strikesÂ from Goodison and Bowley.
Parry added: â€œI thought with a bit more luck we could have taken something from the game. Nobody in Solihull expected us to do that beforehand.
â€œWeâ€™ve got the likes of Billingham, Solway and Solihull at home coming up in the next few weeks, so this performance was important.
â€œThe guys are playing with a lot more grit and determination now, and that is very pleasing to see.â€
The Tigers NIHL return to action next weekend, when they host Billingham Stars at Telford Ice Rink on Saturday night (5.30pm).