On Saturday night the Bees headed north to face the league-leading Telford Tigers in a regular season English Premier Ice Hockey League match. The Bees were at missing Carl Graham whilst the Tigers were missing Corey Goodison, Matthew Davies and Adam Taylor. The Referee for this match was Paul Brooks and his linesman were Mr West and Mr Hetherington. Starting in net for the Bees was Alex Mettam and for the Tigers was Sam Gospel.
A short-benched Bees side ran into the league leaders in dramatic style away in Telford on Saturday evening. An early even handed goal for the home side, with a little over three and a half minutes gone, saw Milena Kolena open the scoring. The remainder of the opening period saw changes for both sides with the travelling Bees looking threatening on the break whilst the home side enjoyed more of the possession and territory. The Bees defensive corps stood firm for the rest of the opening twenty minutes and the period ended with the narrow lead to the home side Tigers.
An action packed second period got started early as the teams found themselves in four on four action as the Tigers Daniel Rose sat a slashing minor with Bees forward Krystof Kafan sitting a diving minor. The sides returned to five on five action but almost immediately Milan Kolena was assessed a charging minor putting the Bees on to the first power play of the evening. With the man advantage the Bees looked to make the advantage count but with only ten seconds gone in the penalty the Tigers broke and Jason Silverthorn scored short-handed to extend the Tigers lead. The Bees however stuck at the task in hand and pulled a goal back on the same power play as James Galazzi netted past Sam Gospel in the Tigers net. Lees than ninety seconds later Alex Barker netted the equalizing goal for the Bees as the game approached the half way mark. A tripping penalty on the Bees James Galazzi saw the home side Tigers take full advantage and take the lead once more as Milan Kolena netted his second goal of the evening. Two quick fire goals, only eighteen seconds apart, four minutes later saw the home Tigers extend their lead to three goals as Jason Silverthorn and Adam Jones netted. In the closing minutes of the second period tempers frayed as Sam Zajac and David Gaborcik clashed with the Bees defenceman picking up 2+2 for fighting and the Tigers player receiving 2+2+Game for fighting, finally in the dying seconds Adam Jones picked up a cross checking minor meaning the Bees would start the final period on the power play.
The third period was less than two minutes old when, with the Bees on the poweplay, the Tigers netted their second short-handed goal of the game – this time through Michael Satek. With a six goal to two lead the Tigers were firmly on the front foot three more quick goals, in the space of a little under four minutes, through Milan Kolena, Rick Plant and Daniel Rose sealed the game for the home side with a little over ten minutes remaining in the match. Young Matt Smital replaced Alex Mettam in the Bees net after the Tigers eighth goal but the change of netminder didn’t change the Bees fortunes as the Tigers netted twice more, through Jason Silverthorn and Daniel Scott, in the final minutes of the match to round off the home victory for the league leaders. Man of the match awards went to David Gaborcik for the travelling Bees and to Milan Kolena for the home side Tigers.
Period scores: 1-0, 4-2, 6-0
Lightning scorers: Silverthorn 3+2; Kolena 3+1; Satek & Plant 1+3; Scott 1+1; Jones & Rose 1+0; Heywood & Hill 0+2; Zajac, Weaver, Oakford, Miller & Clarkson 0+1
Bees scorers: Galazzi & Barker 1+0; Gaborcik 0+2 & Spearing 0+1
Tigers PIMS: 30 (Zajac 24; Jones, Rose & Kolena 2)
Bees PIMS: 8 (Gaborcik 4; Kafan & Galazzi 2)
Shots on Tigers (Gospel): 30 (11, 9, 10)
Shots on Bees (Mettam & M.Smital): 33 (9, 17, 7) & 12 (0, 0, 12)