02:00PM, Friday 17 December 2021
Photo: Hannah Brogden
The TSI World Bees picked up an encouraging three points from last weekend's fixtures against Swindon Wildcats and the Peterborough Phantoms and head coach Doug Sheppard will be hoping the side can build upon those positive displays in this last round of matches before Christmas.
Saturday's trip to league leaders Swindon resulted in a 5-4 defeat, but the Bees played well for large parts and, on another day, might well have come away with more than just one point from the game.
They backed that up with a disciplined and controlled display on home ice as they beat Peterborough 2-1 on Sunday evening.
This weekend they'll look to replicate one of their best displays of the season when they host the Telford Tigers on Saturday before Sunday's road trip to play the Phantoms once again.
A few weeks ago, the Bees romped to a 5-2 win over Telford on home ice, and Sheppard would love to see his side reproduce that kind of form and serve up some festive cheer for their fans.
Juha Lindgreen and Bayley Harewood will again miss the matches due to their continued involvement with Great Britain's u20s, but Josh Smith and Nicklas Ornmarker have both recently made their return to the ice following injury. Last weekend also saw some agile goaltending from Curtis Warburton in Saturday's clash with Swindon and Adam Goss in Sunday's home game with Peterborough and both players will be pushing for a start against the Tigers. Saturday is also the annual teddy bear toss where bears will be thrown onto the ice by fans when the Bees score their first goal. These will be donated to the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice.
Looking ahead to the ties, Shepard said; “I thought we played smart hockey last weekend. It was disappointing to only get a point on Saturday, but I was impressed with the energy and compete levels we brought. Last Sunday we played our second short-benched game of the weekend and again we kept to our plan, and it showed with the win.
“Last weekend was the style of hockey I’m looking for us to play and this week in practice has been all about that. We have two tough games this weekend, which won’t be made any easier by being short benched again, but we will have Harry Harcup and Christian Mohr from the Jets with us on Saturday.
“Games get tougher as the season goes on but we’re playing the right way right now, we need to step up just a little bit more, play to our potential and I think we have a good chance of competing well for the rest of the season.”
Bees take on Telford on Saturday night with 6.30pm face-off, while Sunday’s Road game in Peterborough gets underway at 5.30pm. Tickets for Saturday are available now via http://www.beesicehockey.com/
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