Sheffield Ice Tigers 8-5 Widnes Wildcats
An inspiring uncharacteristic comeback from Sheffield paved the way for a successful cup campaign. Being down 4-2 at the end of the first, Karl Taylor read the riot act and pushed for more accountabillity. A superb start of the second period had two goals back within two minutes and a much more solid 2nd period performance (despite Widnes pulling ahead again with a late period goal). An intermission speech for the ages from Jones had the Tigers riled up and it showed as they blitzed their way to a 2 goal lead within 5 minutes. Mostly down to Durrans finding his stride after missing a chunk of the early part of the game with a 2+10 checking from behind infraction. He finished the scoring and completed the hattrick at 51:31 in the game giving him all 3 of his tallies within 11 minutes. Matt Hogan lead by example with his two goals and Paul Birch made his A team debut with a fine finish. Jones continued his fine form, as did Forster both with 1+2. Overall a great team win that could define their season and push for the success they are striving for.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 10-1 Bradford Cannibals
A good solid victory for the Ice Tigers, who never really got out of second gear for this match up. An energetic Bradford team soon lost their enthusiasm and willingness after a couple of early goals. Jones(5g), Durrans(3-5) and Forster(1+4) line leading the way with 9 of the 10 goals. Everyone else doing their part though to cut out the Cannibals initial offensive bite. This game gives a good platform to push on to the first game of the Northern Cup the following week Vs Widnes Wildcats.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 'B' 4-5 Don Valley Vikings 'B'
A very slow start for Sheffield, resulted in a heavy deficit throughout the game, despite Paul Birch scoring a chippy goal early on on his debut. He added a second, later in the game, Also scoring were James Firth and John Wynn. The game finished 5-4 after being down heavily heading into the third. A few negatives can be taken from this, but a great number of positives too!
Sheffield Ice Tigers 10-2 Whitley Wildcats
Some tactical intelligence and fine defensive prowess gave Sheffield the victory in this game. Whitley, playing a very deep, long passing game were cut out by the passive neutral zone trap of the Tigers, resulting in utter dominance throughout. In the points were Alex Jones with 4 goals, Tom Forster with 3 goals, Ben Low with 1, Dave Lloyd with 1 on his bow out game and Jon Barrett with the other. Alex jones, converted his version of a gordie howe, but instead of a fight, he got his customary 10 minute misconduct. A cold late night trip to whitley, resulted in a cheery atmosphere, with a solid win in a rink brimming with character.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 4-3 Grimsby Lightning
An exceptional performance provided Sheffield with one of their biggest 'scalps' to date. For a while the lightning have been known as one of the better rec teams in the country, recent results have given the Tigers a chance to make a name for themselves this year. A slow, gritty start began with a quick goal early on, then made way for a fast, physical end to end game resulting with an empty Grimsby net and Sheffield players diving to block shots and collapsing with exhaustion and elation. Collecting goals were Adam Durrans, Tom Forster, Alex Jones and the GWG was shot by Rob Fawthrop. MotM winner is once again, Joe Firth. Top effort by all.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 0-2 Blackburn Falcons
A commendable team effort from Blackburn to bring all 13 outskaters and two netminders for a 10pm faceoff on a dismal sunday night in Sheffield. A close game throughout, 2 goals scored 42 seconds apart gave the visitors the victory. A world class snipe by Ashley Pryce was the game winner, shooting from just over the blue over the blocker of Tigers deserved Man of the match winner Joe Firth and a flukey flay towards the net found its way past the defences of the Sheffield net. A stunning performance by Firth and some good team defence limited any damage, the focus on defence however limited their shot count to only a few solid scoring chances which retrospectively cost them a chance of outscoring the fast, slick puck moving Falcons. The deteriorating ice conditions granted Sheffield a small advantage, as the ice snowed and cut up rapidly, it allowed them to play their gritty, grind it out down low kind of game whereas the Falcons were pushing for the skilled stretch passes which were being pressured by the forecheck or intercepted by the neutral zone trap. This game really raised the spirits of the home side as it gave them some real confidence having challenged one of the best Rec sides in the country to a 60 minute game. Now for the rematch vs Grimsby Lightning on the 29th.
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.