ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Telford Tigers v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 12:16pm Sunday 5th January 2014 in Sport
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- Telford Tigers 7-6 Swindon Wildcats (result)
- Tigers scorers: Jaroslav Kruzik (2), Miika Kiviranta, Timo Kuuluvainen (2), Scott McKenzie, Dan Scott
- Wildcats scorers: Jonas Hoog, Jan Kostal (3), Aaron Nell, Aku Pekkarinen
- Swindon miss out on four-point weekend
- Get involved using #wildcatslive and tag in @nedpayne1
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Safe journey home to all those who travelled.
What a rollercoaster of wkend for the @SwinWildcats heck of a lot of goals & an indication of what we can do! Head high boys! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 29 December 2013
Amazing weekend. 13 scored and 12 conceded. #wildcatslive— @Swinedog 29 December 2013
That's about it for this evening. For full reports and reaction on this weekend's games, see the Adver tomorrow.
Manchester 6 Peterborough 4, Basingstoke 5 Sheffield 4 (after PSO).
Time to seek some reaction from the Cats camp.
Kuuluvainen is Telford's man of the match.
Say what you like, Swindon have been great entertainment this weekend. As a footnote, if Telford finish bottom of the table this season I will be amazed. So improved on what they started the season with.
Kostal is Swindon's man of the match.
Stunning and remarkable. A frantic final few seconds saw Watt blaze over before Pekkarinen smashed hopefully towards the crease, but the puck found its way away from danger.
Telford 7 Wildcats 6.
GOAL! Telford 7 Wildcats 6, 58.57
Unbelievable. Pekkarinen gets forward and blasts high into the right corner from Nell and Kostal. What a game!
Good save Lyle from Kuuluvainen.
Just under two minutes left.
GOAL! Telford 7 Wildcats 5, 56.55
Are Wildcats going to win and lose 7-5 in the same weekend? It's a ripper of a slapshot from Dan Scott that restores the two-goal advantage. Assists McKenzie and Salem.
I know last night's game was fantastic, but this isn't far off.
Sandvik sends a wristshot a yard wide.
GOAL! Telford 6 Wildcats 5, 54.57
Telford give up the puck cheaply in the neutral zone and Hoog flicks to Nell who sends a glorious shot in off the iron. A cracking goal. There's still time...
A rare quiet spell.
Just over seven minutes to go.
Big save Lyle.
Nell is called for the third time tonight. This time it's boarding.
Eleven minutes left.
GOAL! Telford 6 Wildcats 4, 46.33, PP
Well, maybe hold fire on thoughts of a comeback for now. McKenzie, who has had a really good game by the way, finally gets a presentable chance as he scoots in from the right and the Telford man beats Lyle low.
Stevie Whitfield penalised for high-sticks.
Around 15 minutes left.
Exhausting stuff here at Telford Ice Rink.
GOAL! Telford 5 Wildcats 4, 41.26
Kostal bangs in his hat-trick goal. The comeback is on. Assists for Sandvik and Smith.
20 long miles to go and only two behind. Dig deep. Big effort. Let's find a way! #bleedred #wildcatslive— @stripes 29 December 2013
Right. Nineteen minutes and two goals needed. Here we go.
THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY
The players are back out.
We will be back under way in a matter of minutes.
Come on u Cats! Step it up in the 3rd & bring some magic to the game. We all want those 4pts to kick start new year #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 29 December 2013
Basingstoke 2 Sheffield 3, Manchester 4 Peterborough 2, Guildford 0 Bracknell 2.
Hmmmm, exhausting being a Cats fan sometimes.... Still, plenty of time and talent to win this. #wildcatslive— @Swinedog 29 December 2013
I think Telford have this game nailed. They have been the better team but I've been wrong before and I will be wrong again.
Wasn't Nell but hey Kostal's second of the evening!!! Let's get it going!!! #superjankostal ##wildcatslive— @slapshot6032 29 December 2013
Four goals in seven minutes and a 3G dump was not particularly helpful I must say. However, we're all up to date now. Telford lead 5-3 and they deserve it. Referee Boardman is coming in for plenty of stick from the home fans.
Nell still has 1.05 of his penalty to serve when we resume.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD
Nell binned for slashing.
Swindon call a timeout.
GOALS! Telford 5 Wildcats 3, 34.20 and 37.41
Timo Kuuluvainen gets both of them and this match is back in favour of the home team. Assists for the first were Kiviranta and Rick Plant. Assists for the second were Kiviranta and McKenzie.
GOAL! Telford 3 Wildcats 3, 31.06
Wildcats are awarded a penalty shot after Michal Pavlu is called for hooking. Kostal dekes Ryan and the puck is in the net.
Apologies. 3G dump.
GOAL! Telford 3 Wildcats 2, 30.55
The home side get in front once more. A classic wraparound goal from Miika Kiviranta and he took it beautifully. Assist from Kuuluvainen.
Alex Symonds is robbed by Timo Kuuluvainen and the Telford man tries to smash past Lyle on the angle. It doesn't work.
A lame duck of a powerplay, to be honest. The best chance came when Sandvik squared for Harding, but he fluffed his effort.
Great to see the Hoog and Nell combination is as good as ever but the whole team are having a great weekend. Keep it up boys! #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 29 December 2013
Marcus Maynard gets two minutes for interference.
That's no less than the Tigers deserve.
GOAL! Telford 2 Wildcats 2, 21.20
Immediately the home side make Swindon pay. Kruzik gets his second of the night from Nathan Salem and McKenzie. It could have been 3-1 Swindon but now it's 2-2.
Great chance for Hoog. He flicks exquisitely past Dan Scott on centre ice but is denied by the pad of Ryan, before having his follow-up blocked as well.
SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY
Great to see the cats winning after the first. Sounds like we need a time sensitive Hawkeye in EPL Hockey.... lol... #wildcatslive— @Swinedog 29 December 2013
I fancy there's a fair few more goals in this game. Hopefully not as many as last night. That would be a nightmare to keep up with.
Basingstoke 1 Sheffield 2, Manchester 4 Peterborough 1, Bracknell v Guildford - delayed face-off.
A healthy zamboni is doing a lovely job on the ice.
I have no idea how Swindon are winning this game, but they are, and that's all that matters.
Shades of last season when Swindon were ruled to have conceded at Peterborough with a second to play. This time the call went in favour of the Wildcats. It was a mighty tough one to make a decision on, I'll tell you that.
GOAL! Telford 1 Wildcats 2, 20.00
That is very controversial. Telford were convinced time was up but the referee says it wasn't and the visitors are 2-1 up. Sam Smith pulled back from behind the goal for Kostal to apply the simplest of low finishes past Ryan. The hosts are fuming but the goal stands.
Wildcats think they scored before time was up. Did they?
Oh my. Controversy.
Watt to Nell, clawed away by Ryan.
Don't forget to keep those tweets coming in using #wildcatslive and you can also use the comments section below.
Swindon are very fortunate to be level. They have been second-best in the opening 17 minutes.
Hoog & Nell continue their amazing team up from last night & are unstoppable! Come on @SwinWildcats shouting from the sofa! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 29 December 2013
Another scramble in front of Lyle. Swindon survive.
Adam Taylor flashes the puck across goal to James Smith but Lyle does just enough to smuggle it to safety. Looked a goal all the way.
Just under six minutes left of the first period.
Come on boys, you can get the four points to end the year. #4ptweekend #wildcatslive— @mrsbatchelor1 29 December 2013
McKenzie is found right through the middle but shoots straight at Lyle.
There's a lot to be said for a clear announcer, and Telford have got one. He does a great job.
Dig deep boys you can get the 4 points !! I am cheering from the sofa #loudandproud #wildcatslive— @Ulli2311 29 December 2013
Nell binned for cross-checking.
GOAL! Telford 1 Wildcats 1, 8.42
Totally against the run of play, Nell fizzes a super pass across the blueline to Jonas Hoog on the right wing and the Swede bombs towards goal before lasering high past Ryan's left shoulder. The Swindon combo is as good as new. Ryan Watt also gets an assist.
Good luck @SwinWildcats Same as last night yeah?! 😉 #4ptWeekend #wildcatslive— @ThatCurlyBird 29 December 2013
Eight minutes gone. Swindon not in the game at all so far.
GOAL! Telford 1 Wildcats 0, 3.27, PP
And immediately the Tigers surge ahead seconds into the powerplay. Five seconds, to be exact. Jaroslav Kruzik is the man that gets it, with Scott McKenzie making the final pass.
@nedpayne1 if it's as mad as last night your in for a treat! #wildcatslive— @slapshot6032 29 December 2013
Aku Pekkarinen sits for holding.
Most of the pressure is from Telford so far.
Lyle and Declan Ryan in nets.
FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY
We've had the anthem. Now it's huddle time.
If any of you were wondering, yes, netminder Stevie Lyle is playing for Swindon tonight.
OK, the players are being introduced. The ice is going to get the proper treatment at the end of the first period rather than right now, but has been deemed fit for the first 20 minutes.
Decent crowd here at Telford. Always impressed with the fans here. Make loads of noise and always get behind the team no matter what the score.
The zamboni is not working, it's been confirmed over the PA. The reserve zamboni is going to be used instead and we will get under way as soon as possible.
Well, we are supposed to be facing off in three minutes. I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen.
TIGERS ARE A DIFFERENT ANIMAL
Telford are no pushover, these days. With a number of fresh faces coming into the club in recent months, the Tigers will certainly not be cut adrift at the bottom of the EPL come the end of the campaign. In fact, although Tom Watkins' men are at the base of the league standings right now, they are just three points behind eighth-placed Swindon and only seven off Slough in fifth place. Food for thought.
Just to give some context to the zamboni issue, the driver pulled off a doughnut as he was facing the opposite way to the exit, seemingly in an effort to get it off the ice as soon as possible. There still seems to be some concern, from where I'm sitting.
So the poll below shows that so far that you lot are wildly confident of a Swindon win this evening. Only time will tell.
I understand that Swindon will this evening have the same team that beat Basingstoke last night. So that means no Tomas Fojtik, who is still abroad.
Around 10 minutes from face-off, at least in principle.
The zamboni sounds a bit knackered. Now off the ice and officials frantically trying to sort out the problem.
Best performance I have seen in 11 years yesterday. Hope to see a road win against what is now a high spending Tigers. #wildcatslive— @Swinedog 29 December 2013
The lights are off and the zamboni is pootling around in the darkness.
SAVED BY THE NELL
So, I'm sure we're all delighted that Nell is back in Swindon for the foreseeable future. He's an absolute goal machine at EPL level and will make a big difference this season. Here's why the 24-year-old decided to return for a third spell, in his own words.
“It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a little while,” said Nell.
“We’ve got a lot of players in Sheffield and I’m down the pecking order, so I haven’t been getting that much ice time.
“(Gaining confidence) is one of the biggest reasons I’m coming back and I will help the boys as much as I can and make sure we get in the play-offs, but if Sheffield get into injury trouble then I will be there for them.
“We’ve had a tough year and been very inconsistent. I don’t think anyone’s happy about how we’ve been all year, me included.
“But it’s been a good experience and I’ve learned a lot of stuff, and being on the ice every day has helped me improve.”
Vote away. Feeling optimistic after last night? #wildcatslive
Any minute now, a neat little poll will appear below...
Fingers crossed that 3G has had its tantrum and is now going to behave for the next few hours.
Where on earth to start? The short version is that Swindon triumphed 7-5 over Basingstoke in a thriller at the Link Centre. Aaron Nell, newly-returned to Swindon on a two-way from Sheffield Steelers, scored a hat-trick on his 'debut', while another returnee, Lee Richardson, also appeared in a Wildcats shirt for the first time in 2013/14 following a short spell at Slough. The scorers were Nell (3), Adam Harding, Sam Smith, Jonas Hoog and Henri Sandvik. Oh, and netminder Stevie Lyle was also thrown out of the action for high-sticks in the second period. Phew.
The players are out and warming up.
Some 3G issues here at the moment. Bear with me.
Here we go then. I trust you all had a good Christmas and are now in the throes of planning your January detox/crash diet/overly optimistic exercise regime. Well, if I can just distract you from that for a moment, or maybe even a few hours, we've got an ice hockey game to play here. Telford versus Swindon. Enjoy.
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