Preview Telford Tigers
After what was a bitterly disappointing set of results last weekend the Hull Pirates dust themselves off to face Milton Keynes Lightning away from home on Saturday before a visit from table topping Telford tigers on Sunday. Both games are sure to be great spectacles of hockey and will again allow a firmer picture of league standings to become apparent.
The game away at MK should be a firecracker of a game.Mk are certainly no pussycats as is shown with the 1000 plus penalty minutes this season so far. Equally though they have been resurgent at points this season and the addition of some quality makes them a truly threatening opposition to play.
Sunday we face the Telford Tigers who despite some variable form of recent time sit 2 points clear at the top of the table. The current form able has them dead last with no win in 5 games so to still be top by 2 clear points is testament to the season they have had overall.
At the top they are being lead by Scott McKenzie who has 26 goals and 36 assists in his 38 games. Dominik Florian supports him with 27 goals and 31 assists in his 40 games while former Sheffield Steelers player Brandon Whistle has 44 points in his 30 games. Jason SIlverthorn and the ever tenacious Andrew McKinney are also around the point a game mark. Some top quality attacking options here which make them a dangerous outfit at all times.
At the back they also have plenty of point scoring capability with Ross Kennedy and Corey Goodison also just under a point a game. In goal they have relied upon Bradley Day all season and he hasn’t disappointed with a 90.03% save percentage.
Whatever has caused this loss of form I’m not sure but what is for certain is that it will not be a permanent one. Going into this game with anything less than 100% commitment could spell trouble.
Those of us at the Sheffield game will know that that performance will not be close enough to beating a team like Telford. What we do know is that this Pirates team have found a way of beating Telford regularly this season and that what we saw last week was not the norm.
We’ve heard the players talk about last weekend in the aftermath of the results and as much as we will hurt from last week they will hurt more. I’m positive that come this weekend there will be a response from our boys. Let’s get behind them one and all and be that boost when we don’t get the bounce of the puck. Let’s make our arena the fortress it used to be and get back to what we do as a fan base and back our lads 100%.
By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media