PREVIEW: Telford Tigers vs Wildcats

Telford Tiger vs Swindon Wildcats

The Swindon Wildcats three-game road trip finally comes to an end on Wednesday evening as the guys take to the ice in Telford for the first time this season.  Face off is at 7:30pm.



The Wildcats dropped two points in Sheffield on Sunday evening in a game which both Ryan Aldridge [Head Coach] and newly announced captain Jan Kostal both conceded post game, failed to mirror the commitment shown on the ice in Guildford the previous week.


“I said to the boys we’ve got to take the positives out of the third period but I think we just took too long to get going,” Aldridge told Link Sports Editor Sam Morshead following the defeat.


“Outshooting them the way we outshot them, we had time to get the goals back.  It was frustrating because we didn’t play for the full 60-minutes, we took the first 15 off.”


You can read the full Link Sport post match articles here


The Tigers meanwhile, are yet to sink their teeth in to any serious run of League battle.  Victories over the Steeldogs [4-3] and Bees [6-1] in the opening weekend have been followed with cup games victories against NIHL opposition in the form of the Solway Sharks [13-1], Billingham Stars [5-2] and Blackburn Hawks [7-1] with only a 2-1 defeat after penalties against the Basingstoke Bison providing the side with any real substantial test of their mettle in recent weeks.


Speaking to the local media following the opening round of games, Tigers head coach Tom Watkins said that he didn’t believe that any club would turn up at the Telford Ice Rink and lay down and credited that fact to the strength of the English Premier Ice Hockey League and he will certainly be expecting more from his visitors tomorrow evening [Wednesday, October 1st] when the Wildcats come to town and Aldridge will also be looking for his troops to bounce back.


“It is going to be another tough game,” he told


“After Sunday’s defeat, I’m looking for a big response from the guys and I know they’re wanting to do well and show their ability and put in a shift.”    



TIGERS FROM:  Netminders – Sam GOSPEL and Thomas MURDY.  Defence - Marcus MAYNARD, Martin ONDREJ, Rupert QUINEY, Daniel ROSE, Daniel SCOTT, Jonathan WEAVER and Sam ZAJAC.  Forwards - Owen BENNETT, Maxim BIRBRAER, Callum BOWLEY, Daniel DAVIES, Scott McKENZIE, Joe MILLER, Blahoslav NOVAK, Rick PLANT, Nathan SALEM, Jason SILVERTHORN, Owen SOUND, Peter SZABO and Adam TAYLOR.


WILDCATS FROM:  Netminders -  Michael CRISP and Stevie LYLE.  Defence -  Alex SYMONDS, Callum BUGLASS, Kenton SMITH, Shane MOORE and Steve WHITFIELD.  Forwards -  Aaron NELL, Floyd TAYLOR, Henri SANDVIK, Jan KOSTAL ©, Lee RICHARDSON, Ollie BETTERIDGE, Tomasz MALASINSKI and Adam HARDING.



Tickets are available at the door on the night by visiting the Telford Ice Rink Box Office and are priced as follows:

Adults - £12.50, OAP (60+) & Children (5 to 17) - £6 and Family (2 adults and 2 Children) - £28.  U5s go FREE.



If you can’t make the trip to watch the game, don’t forget that you can follow all the match action as it happens in text form via WILDCATS LIVE which is brought to you by the Link Sport team as well as ICE HOCKEY LIVE updates from the Swindon Advertiser.  



The Wildcats finally return to the Swindon Ice Arena this coming Saturday [October 4th] when we host the Wightlink Raiders in our latest English Challenge Cup fixture.


The game will be our latest Kids Go FREE promotion, so make sure you’re there and get your ticket TODAY!


Face off is all set for 6pm and another BIG crowd is expected so we advise purchasing tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.  Tickets will be available at the door on the night, subject to availability.



The NIHL Wildcats are next in action on Sunday October 5th here at the Swindon Ice Arena when the Bristol Pitbulls are our visitors for a cup clash. 


Face off is at 7:30pm and if you can’t make the trip to watch the Wildcats game at Peterborough, we would very much like to see you at the game!



We’re seeking an official Game Day sponsor for our home fixture against the Wightlink Raiders and would welcome the opportunity to help promote your company or organisation at the game.


To find out more, please contact Wildcats Marketing Manager Sally Price on 01793 886 857.