09:00AM, Friday 07 January 2022
Photo credit: Fiona George Smith
The TSI World Bees return to the ice this weekend following a busy Christmas and New Year period, taking on table-topping Telford Tigers both home and away.
Over the period, a run of impressive victories by the Tigers has seen them move level on points with the Swindon Wildcats at the top of the NIHL National League table.
The corresponding fixtures have also seen the Bees move off the bottom of the table and their form is also improving with two victories in the space of 24 hours over the Raiders and an impressive 5-3 win at Swindon to kick off the new year in style. They were beaten 3-1 by the Basingstoke Bison on their last outing but head coach Doug Sheppard will have been buoyed by the Bees’ displays.
Last weekend both Nicklas Ornmaker and Josh Smith missed matches through injury but there were welcome returns for Josh Martin, Ryan Webb and Will Stead.
The Bees last faced the Tigers back in December with both teams claiming wins on their home ice.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Sheppard said: “Happy New Year to all our supporters, thanks for your support in 2021 and we look forward to 2022.
“Things are pretty positive at the moment; we've put together a few wins in a row and we’re starting to find the consistency we’ve strived for.
“We are coming off a loss from last Sunday, and that hurt, so we want to get back on another successful run starting on Saturday.”
Bees take on Telford at the Slough Ice Arena on Saturday (6.30pm face-off) before travelling to Shropshire for Sunday’s return leg at 6pm.
Maidenhead and Slough travellers have long been waiting for the arrival of Crossrail to whisk them quickly into central London.