Sheffield Spartans bounced back from a couple of disappointing results to claim a well-deserved victory over Telford Tigers last Saturday. Spartans positivity from the first puck drop was evident and they stormed into a 3-0 lead to take some advantage of some woeful defending from Tigers with a brace from Liam Kirk sandwiching Shaun Wild’s goal within four minutes. It could have been far worse for Tigers who were fortunate not to be further behind as Spartans ran riot. A time out failed to halt the onslaught as Nick Manning got on the end of Andy Turner’s shot as Spartans continued to dominate. Tigers were riding their luck at times but deserve credit for hauling themselves out of the mess they found themselves in to pull two goals back. Some indecision in Spartans defence presented an opportunity for Tigers who made the most to pull one back through Callum Bowley who took his chance well. This gave a boost to Tigers who played with much more purpose and shortly after scored again, a good effort to put away by Callum Bowley to make it 4-2 end of the first period and in fairness not a true reflection of how things had panned out.
As in the first period Spartans were straight out of the blocks to score two good goals, the first from Stuart Brittle with Liam Kirk bagging his hat-trick, picking up a lovely pass out of defence by Ben Jones to finish with confidence to put Spartans back in firm control at 6-2. Once again Telford responded positively to keep Spartans on their toes but they weren’t able to match Spartans, who were arguably unfortunate not to have scored more, but the same could also be said of Telford but Spartans were the more dominant & also better team to deserve their lead.
The final period saw a more even contest in an end to end enjoyable final 20 minutes. Tigers scored a nice goal through James Smith to make it 6-3 before Stuart Brittle finished a nice move off to make it 7-3. Both teams created notable efforts but couldn’t find the net until Tigers power play that had always looked dangerous, paid dividends with two late goals. The first being five on three as Spartans had a man returning to the ice put away by James Smith after some nice build up play. He bagged a quick fire second one, his hat-trick goal to give the 7-5 score a somewhat closer look than it actually was. Telford paid the price for their poor start but showed glimpses of why they are in the mix for the play offs but on the day they were no match for Spartans, who bar a lapse in concentration at the end of the first period, put in a credible all round team performance and were deserved winners. Another impressive performance from Liam Kirk saw him bag his second consecutive Man of the Match Award from only three appearances.
Spartans next home game is this Saturday vs Solihull Barons facing off at 7.30pm whilst on Sunday sees us travel to Whitley Bay to face the Warriors.