Having been missing since late December, British youngster Ollie Stone has returned to the Wildcats line-up, and has provided much needed relief to his defensive partners who have been under-manned for a few games. Speaking to Swindon Wildcats Sports Editor, Ben Callaghan, Ollie was pleased with how he and the team got through what was a tough weekend with two overtime games against the MK Lightning and then the Bracknell Bees on Sunday.
“It has been two long games but we have battled through them.
“As Aaron said in the locker room, they came out to play today and that is the best they have played all season. It was a tough game, we might not have been ready but we came out fighting and just got it in the end.” Said Stone.
It was not all plain sailing for the Cats who found themselves 0-2 down before the three-minute marker in the opening period.
“The early time out was because we were surprised, they came out flying and perhaps we were not ready for that. We just had to keep pushing and battle through it.”
In his first season in the EPL, Ollie has stepped up to be a vital member of the defence and he himself is happy with how he has developed so far, alongside other OHA graduates Adam Finlinson, Kyle Smith & Ben Nethersell.
“It is obviously a big step from juniors to seniors but I think I have done all right. I have been helped out here a lot, trained a lot and it has been a good step in. Just before my injury, we were low on D and I was playing a lot, I have come back and I feel good.
“I have played with some of them for four years and we have all stepped up together so it is a good feeling.” He added.
Looking ahead to Peterborough who we face tonight at the Link Centre, hard work is the key to beating the Phantoms and Ollie thinks this is something they have to do right from the opening puck drop.
“It is tough with a midweek game, we have a bit of a rest now and we have to look after ourselves and be ready for it.
They are a similar team to us, they work hard and they achieve because they work hard. I do not think they are particularly special but they achieve because they work hard. We have to match their ethic right from the start.” He concluded.
Tickets are still on sale for tonight’s clash with the Phantoms or this Saturday’s game against the Steeldogs, visit Wildcat Sports or www.swindonwildcats.cloudvenue.co.uk