06:00PM, Friday 14 January 2022
Photo: Kevin Slyfield
The TSI World Bees will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s double defeat to league leaders Telford Tigers when they head to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday (7pm face-off).
The Bees had hauled themselves off the bottom of the NIHL National League with a string of fine performances over the festive period, however, the Tigers showed different sides of their game as they beat the Bees twice at the weekend.
The Bees were frustrated after Saturday’s controversial 3-2 defeat at the Slough Ice Arena. Having levelled the game at 2-2 in the second period, the Bees looked good value for a positive result, however, the Tigers saw a goal chalked off and then re-awarded at the next stoppage to seal a single goal victory.
The Bees also got off to a good start in Telford, but the Tigers responded brilliantly, scoring eight goals to re-take top spot in the table.
The Phantoms were also back on form at the weekend, brushing aside the Basingstoke Bison (5-2) and the Swindon Wildcats (5-0) to move back up to sixth place.
It means there are only four points separating the eighth placed Bees with Peterborough in sixth, so the outcome of Saturday’s match could prove crucial.
Training this week has focused on playing well for a full 60 minutes rather than in spells, with the Bees looking to get back to the form which saw them win three out of four in late December and early January.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard said: “We’re coming off a very frustrating weekend.
“We veered off from what made us successful over the holiday period, we got away from playing successful hockey and having proven to ourselves that we can, we need to get back to that this weekend.”