It was a long night for the Lions in Nottingham as the Telford Tigers made their second trip of the season to the National Ice Centre. Telford took the lead early on when Corey Goodison beat Tom Hovell from the assist of Dale White at 2.35 and their lead was doubled on the powerplay just six minutes later. This time it was Jack Watkins who would find the net for the first of three occasions throughout the evening, Goodison and Jones providing the assists. Similarly to the game against Solway the previous weekend, at the end of one period the Lions were still very much in this match.

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 0 – 2 TELFORD TIGERS

In the same fashion as the Solway Sharks game the week before, three goals early in the second period put the game beyond any doubt. At 22.06 Brodie Jesson put their third on the board from the assists of Kim Miettinen and Warren Tait and then at 25.51 Watkins got his second of the night from Richard Plant and Dale White. Exactly one minute later at 26.51 the score reached 5-0 as Joe Miller got his name on the scoresheet with Plant and Jones again providing assists for the visiting Tigers. Telford hit the half dozen before the end of the second period when Scott McKenzie was brought down on a breakaway and scored the resulting penalty shot to leave the Lions at risk of being completely blown out.

Then the high tempered players that had been physical since the very first face-off finally snapped. At 35.44 Warren Tait began a fight with Joe Humphries with Tait receiving a 2+2+2 for fighting whilst Humphries also sat for four minutes as he received a 2+2. 39 seconds later Adam Jones threw Marc Levers into the boards Joseph Gretton stepping up for the Lions this time, a 2+2 for fighting and an additional two minutes for boarding for Adam Jones. Gretton receiving the 2+2 for fighting. That left four players in the Telford penalty bench which was becoming a very crowded place indeed and it became even busier when they took a bench penalty for too many men on the ice at 37.03. Five players and the attendant in the penalty box and a scrambling of pens and paper to work out the maths of their release times. With Ben Wilson taking a two-minute penalty for cross checking at 36.30 as well there was a time in the game where there were almost as many players in the penalty box as there were on the benches, but the score remained the same at the end of 40 minutes of play.

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 0 – 6 TELFORD TIGERS

At the start of the third period McKenzie scored his second of the night to make it 7-0 to the Tigers and thankfully for the timekeepers the third period was played at a much calmer level than the second. Ruskin Hughes took a hooking penalty at 45.04 which was successful killed off by the Lions before Jack Watkins completed his hat-trick at 53.57 and Brodie Jesson made it 9-0 at 55.22.

It was a frustrating night for Matt Bradbury and his side who have a long away double header to Solway and Deeside next weekend before returning home for a game in the main arena at the National Ice Centre on Saturday 2nd December for a 12.30 face-off against the Solihull Barons.

END OF THE THIRD PERIOD: NOTTINGHAM LIONS 0 – 9 TELFORD TIGERS

Monday, 20 November 2017.
Chris Gadsby