Tigers Beat Cats

Swindon Wildcats 5 - Telford Tigers 6

In the middle of their 30th anniversary legends weekend the Swindon Wildcats hosted Telford Tigers for the second time this season. Swindon whilst missing Ryan Aldridge & Matt Selby were boosted by the arrival to Swindon of Phil Hill.


The game started quickly and within the opening minute the Wildcats had the lead. Floyd Taylor fed the puck to Sam Bullas who span around and shot the puck off the post and into the back of the net, timed at 0:44. The Tigers began to press and created a few chances of their own through Matty Davies and Lubomir Korhon. At 13:47 they'd tied the game up.


Doug Clarkson fired a shot from the edge of the circle and the shot deflected of the body of the Wildcats defence and past Lyle. Right at the end of the period the Tigers took the lead for the first time in the game. A loose puck around the Wildcats net was tapped in by Jason Silverthorn, the Telford captain, at 19:58.


The second period would prove to be the Jan Kostal show, with the Wildcats skipper scoring a straight hat-trick. At 23:46 he'd tied the game up with a great move around the defence and picked the top corner of the net, with the assists going to Adam Finlinson and Phil Hill. Kostal wasted no time in turning the game around when at 26:16 a shot from outside the zone was enough to beat Gospel, despite the Telford netminder getting a piece of the shot with his glove. 


Jan was at it again at 34:50. Some strong work on the Cats powerplay saw a Jonas Höög slapshot deflected in by the Cats skipper to give his side a two goal cushion.  The Tigers wouldn't roll over and found a way to reduce the deficit again when Doug Clarkson was able to fire home after being fed the puck by Lubomir Korhon, to make the scoreline 4-3 going into the final period.


Right at the start of the period the Tigers had tied the game up. Doug Clarkson completing his hat-trick from a narrow angle with the assists going to Warren Tait & Matty Davies. The Tigers took the lead again at 43:51 when Adam Taylor broke down the left wing, cut inside and fired a wristshot past a screened Stevie Lyle into the top corner to make it 4-5. 


Swindon took their timeout to force a change in momentum and it nearly worked with Stevie Whitfield seeing a big slapshot cannoning back off the post and to safety. At 51:04 the home side did manage to convert. Max Birbraer and Phil Hill linking up and the debutant fired a neat pass in front of the net to Tomasz Malasinski. The Polish international wasted no time in firing high into the corner of the net to tie the game up at 5.


The final goal of the game fell to the visitors and in a cruel fashion. Milan Kolena  fired a puck from behind the net and it hit the skates of Lyle and trickled over the line at 56:47. Despite pulling Lyle the Cats couldn't force a way past Gospel and they had succumbed to a single goal defeat to the Tigers.

Sunday sees the main event with the current Wildcats taking on the legends of Wildcats years gone by featuring names like Steve Nell, Daryl Lipsey & Bryan Larkin.