Sheffield Ice Tigers 2-11 Grimsby Lightning
A tough game for a relatively short benched Sheffield against one of the top rec teams in the country. This wasn't evident in the first period however as the score was limited to 4-2. The Tigers looked in the game despite last years top point scorer Ryan Kelly taking a ten minute misconduct for holding a Grimsby players head for an uncomfortable amount of time. Perhaps Sheffield grew a little content with their first period and sat back a little bit during the second and third, In which Grimsby racked the total up until they had 7 unanswered goals at the end. It should be a closer affair for the home leg in Sheffield, with a stronger team and bigger ice. The Tigers are hoping to avenge this defeat. Goals for Mark McGovern 1+1 and Ben Low 1+0.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 20-3 Peterborough Predators
On a cold sunday night in sheffield, after a 10pm faceoff - A quick start set the tempo of the game for Sheffield, They dominated through and through. Patches of the game were superb examples of the new tactics and methods that they are being educated on. Great cycling, breaking out down the boards, crashing the net were what led to all of the Tigers goals. In the mix was Adam Durrans 4+4, Luke Bennett 0+7, Ryan Kelly 3+3, Tom Forster 6+4, David Lloyd 2+2, Simon Mansell 2+1 as well as many others, also Man of the match performer Scott Cotton played well for his 0+3 in a game dedicated to the memory of his Auntie Jayne. Peterborough battled hard and respectfully after a lengthy late night venture, with a netminder who is usually a player who had to borrow shorts from a sheffield player. A game played in mostly good spirits with the exception of a couple of roughing minors late on with a predator venting his frustration at the score, he later apologised which was symbolic of the usual spirit of rec hockey.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 9-1 Grimsby Stormers
Hard work at training truly paid its dividends as Sheffield, playing one of their most solid all round games in recent history, came at Grimsby in waves, all three lines providing a true potent attack to score nine goals, with the team conceding only one goal all game. Much of that down to Robin Elliot, the new netminder, but in part down to the good D work limiting the shots to a distance and to the outside, and not letting Grimsby get any serious zone time. We broke out well, we utilised the cycle in the offensive zone and with some slight tweaks, we will reap the rewards from our hard efforts. Positively, we outskated, outpassed, out possessed and definitely outshot the opposition to take our first victory of the season honours and certainly give them confidence to take into a blockbuster game Vs the Blackburn Falcons in a few months.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 2-4 Sheffield Blazers
Though it was a dissapointing result in the season opener, the game was anything but a dissapointment. Plenty of skill and physicallity shown by both sides. The highly touted Blazer Sergeis Jegerovs proved his worth by expertly scoring all 4 of the oppositions goals. His rival however put up a good return on debut too, newest signing Alex Jones scored both Tigers goals while frequently intimidating the opposition. Good performances too from Joe Firth and MoM winner Jon Barratt. The leaders in hits had to be Luke Bennett and Ryan Kelly who dominated with the body. However, despite the positives, More intensity is needed through the whole 60 minutes in order to get back in the win column.
PRESEASON- Sheffield Ice Tigers 10-5 Grimsby Stormers
A superb 60 minutes by the shortbenched Sheffield side against a spirited Grimsby unit, meant on a day of charitable giving (Sheffield Cancer Ward), they gave more with an immaculate showing of offense, with points from 6 of the 8 players the Tigers brought. Ben Low getting the pick of them with 3 goals, Tom Forster and Ryan Kelly both getting 1+2, part time defenceman Rich Parker and new recruit Jon Barratt picking up a goal each, but man of the match goes to step in D-Man Adam Durrans who whilst maintaining a solid defensive performance using his size and reach, also contributed with 2+1. A game in good spirits by both sides sets the scene for the new season, with Sheffield looking ahead to next weeks opener vs the Sheffield Blazers.
With the 1st of October signalling the first day of the fresh registration process being just over a week away, we are fast approaching a new season. We are currently in the process of getting back into the swing of things, and familiarising new players with our usual core of guys and our systems. We welcome a new leader of the team in Matt Hogan, who has been passed the mantle of club Captain. We begin with a charity game in Grimsby as a warm up for the oncoming season, with aims to better the immense progress the team made in this last season, beginning with our competitive fixture vs the Sheffield Blazers a week following. We are building up to our presentation night on the 2nd November, where numerous awards and fun will be shared. The season ahead promises to be a good one, with the aim of bettering last years feats of 3rd in the Northern Rec hockey cup and 7th in the annual Sheffield Rec-Fest.