Tigers steal march against play-off hopefuls Steeldogs

Tigers steal march against play-off hopefuls Steeldogs

The Tigers laid down an early marker for the English Premier League play-offs on Sunday night with a 5-3 victory over Sheffield Steeldogs.

The two sides are likely to meet in the end-of-season jamboree, which starts at the end of this month with a home-and-away series of games

Sheffield are currently languishing in eighth place, with Telford – as EPL champions – having the luxury playing the lowest-ranked side in the play-offs.

Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins believes victory over Sheffield at this stage of the season could prove invaluable.

He said: “It looks like we will be facing Sheffield in the play-offs, and I asked the guys to play with an edge tonight. It wasn’t quite a play-off game, but it was very physical in places, so I was really pleased to get the points.

“This win will have taken the jump out of Sheffield a little bit. They haven’t beaten us this season, so that will help us.

“You always expect a battle against the Steeldogs, and I thought we played well in places.”

Goals from Dan Davies (2), Peter Szabo, Sam Zajac and Scott McKenzie were enough to give The Tigers victory during a dramatic evening at Telford Ice Rink.

Sheffield fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to lead 3-2 in the second period, but three late goals were enough for Telford to collect victory.

On Saturday, meanwhile, the county men survived a late comeback from visitors Peterborough Phantoms to secure a 6-4 win.

In that game, Max Birbraer (3), Blaho Novak, Joe Miller and Jason Silverthorn were the scorers for Telford.

Birbraer’s final strike came just six seconds before the end of the game, as Telford finally stemmed Peterborough’s fightback.

Watkins added: “I thought we were a bit slow out of the blocks for the first ten minutes on Saturday. We had some good finishing though, and Max weighed in with a few heavy slapshots.

“It was good to see us lead 3-0 at the end of the first period, and then 5-0 at the end of the second. But we just took our foot off the gas in the third period and to give up four goals was frustrating.

The Tigers are back in action on Thursday night, when they travel to face Manchester Phoenix in the first leg of the British Challenge Cup final.

The return game will played in Telford on March 19th at 7.30pm.

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The Tigers in action against Sheffield Steeldogs
  • Dan

    Keep it up Telford, Keep on dominating!!!

  • Beth

    So proud of the boys this year. This is hopefully the start of many victorious years to come, im sure the boys will hopefully carry on doing us proud and in all honesty, if people are stupid enough to have left tigers just because they were going through a rough few years, then they dont even deserve to come back. Not a true tiger if you left through rough times. Way to go Wayne Scholes for ending up buying the most amazing team.. EVER….. COYT <3