Telford Tigers 5 Nottingham Lions 2.
The Nottingham Lions suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the high-flying Telford Tigers, at Telford Ice Rink on Saturday evening.
Craig Wallis celebrated netting one of his two goals against the Tigers.
A brace from Craig Wallis was not enough to see the under-strength Lions take home any points from Shropshire, as NIHL Laidler D2's second-placed team, edged out Nottingham in the final eight minutes of the game.
Head coach Matt Bradbury was without regular seniors Eliott Perrin, Lee Holland, Christy Johnson-Brown, Reece Glossop and Stuart Parker, whilst also not being able to call upon the plethora of talented Under18s the club has to offer, due to a fixture clash with their road trip to Billingham.
To boost their numbers, the Lions, once again, turned to available sixteen year-olds Ilija Kolosnicins and Tyler Poole, along with senior debutant Jessica Urquhart.
The first period ended with the scores tied at 1-1, as Joseph Aston opened the home scoring on the power play after nine minutes before Wallis levelled matters, five minutes later.
Nottingham were blanked in the second period, as the Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission, thanks to two quick goals from James Smith, his first on the power play after twenty-eight minutes, the second, even-handed, three minutes later.
The game was put back on a knife-edge five minutes into the final period, when Wallis capitalised on a man advantage, netting his tenth of the season.
However, after Ben Foster-Wilson was ejected from the game for abuse of an official and Ben Wood was then given a 2+2+10 misconduct penalty, the Tigers took control of the game and finished off the contest, with two more power play goals from Karol Jets and Matthew Price, on fifty-two and fifty-six minutes, respectively.
Lions' 'Man Of The Match' Tom Hovell had a busy third period, with the Lions being short-handed for most of it.
The Lions will now to be looking to immediately bounce-back from their fourth-straight defeat, as the league-leading Solihull Barons are the visitors to the National Ice Centre on Sunday evening (7.30pm), with Bradbury's boys knowing they will be facing one of their biggest challenges of the season, to prevent their unbeaten Midlands rivals from taking home another victory, in their quest for the Laidler D2 league championship.
Ticket details for what promises to be a mammoth encounter, are available by clicking here.
Photos are courtesy of Ed Chappell - www.edchappell.com
Craig Wallis 2+0, Warren Tait 0+2, Luke Thomas 0+1, Tom Hovell 0+1.
Period Scores: 1st 1-1, 2nd 2-0, 3rd 2-1.
Shots: 1st 11-8, 2nd 13-13, 3rd 27-7. Total 51-28.
Penalty Minutes Total: 24-143.
Lions MOTM: Tom Hovell.