Wild are bit­ten by the Tigers

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Telford Tigers 2 Widnes Wild 0 THE YKK-spon­sored Widnes Wild suf­fered their first de­feat of the new Lai­dler Divi­sion sea­son, los­ing a bat­tling en­counter 2-0 away to the Telford Tigers last Satur­day.

The Wild team had long pe­ri­ods of pos­ses­sion and out-shot the home team by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin but were un­able to con­vert any of that pres­sure into goals on the night.

The first two pe­ri­ods were both – unusu­ally for ice hockey – goal­less.

The first goal of the game did not ar­rive un­til the 45th minute when the Tigers fi­nally made the break­through, some­what against the run of play.

The Wild laid siege to the Telford goal dur­ing the clos­ing stages – out­shoot­ing their hosts by 16-5 over the pe­riod – but they got caught out while push­ing for­ward for the equaliser with a pow­er­play goal with just three min­utes left to play.

The Tigers’ de­fence held strong and the clock ticked down to a dis­ap­point­ing 2-0 de­feat for the Widnes team.

Fol­low­ing the other week­end re­sults – which saw league lead­ers Brad­ford Bull­dogs lose at home to Sh­effield Se­na­tors – the Wild find them­selves as one of three teams all locked to­gether on six points, three off top spot.

They have a chance to make up ground on the divi­sion pace­set­ters with two games this week­end.

The Wild visit the Hull Jets on Satur­day – 5.15pm face off – be­fore play­ing host to the Black­burn Hawks de­vel­op­ment team at Planet Ice Widnes on Sun­day. Face-off is at 5.30pm and the doors open at 4.45pm.

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