Telford Titans 8 Nottingham Lions 3

Nottingham Lions were well beaten by the Titans this evening at Telford Ice Rink after a third period collapse saw them lose their grip on what had been a close game.

The Lions raced into an early two-goal lead thanks to Gareth O’Flaherty and then Nick Whyatt on the powerplay. But two late strikes from Karol Jets tied the game at the end of the first.

Telford got their noses in front courtesy of Ashley Stanton halfway through the second, then Jack Clarkson almost got Nottingham back on level terms after he struck the post on a short-handed one-on-one with Titans’ goalie Ben Hunt.

Two quick Titans goals at the start of the third period looked to have finished off the Lions’ challenge but a powerplay goal from Ciaran Quinn gave Nottingham hope and they continued to look dangerous until seven minutes from the end when Telford got their sixth goal followed by two more in quick succession.

After the game a disappointed Head Coach Matt Bradbury said; “We had a fantastic start, we worked hard we got ourselves into a great position.”

“Offensively we were looking good for fifteen minutes and then the last five minutes we just pressed the panic button and started doing things we didn’t do for the first fifteen – we just stopped moving our feet.”

“Second period, we conceded a goal but the game plan was to keep the game nice and tight and we did that.”

“But then we came into the third period an just literally rolled-over at times – we got it back to 5-3 with about ten minutes to go and we were still well and truly in the game but then we went from pressing the panic button to self destruct.”

“We’ve spoken in the changing room and the most important thing is now we draw a line under tonight’s performance and we start tomorrow fresh against Trafford.”

“We’ve just got to roll our sleeves up tomorrow night and go for it  – We could have got the two points tonight and were in a good position to do that but tomorrow we have to go and get the points.”

The Lions take on the Metros at the NIC tomorrow evening with a 7.15pm face-off.

Game Stats:

Gareth O’Flaherty 1+1,  Nick Whyatt, 1+0,  Ciaran Quinn 1+0, Danny Rose 0+1, Jonny Bell 0+1, Jack Clarkson 0+1.

Period Scores: 1st 2-2, 2nd 1-0, 3rd 5-1

Shots: 1st 18-11, 2nd 14-12, 3rd 16-18. Total 48-41.

Penalty Mins: 1st 10-6, 2nd 2-24, 3rd 6-0. Total 18-30.

Lions MOTM: Ciaran Quinn.

Saturday, 11 February 2012.