Over the course of this weekend theTSI World Bees will encounter the Telford Tigers as the Bees make the trip to Shropshire to take on the Tigers on their home ice, to then return to the Slough Ice Arena to welcome the Swindon Wildcats to Slough for the Bees’ home fixture of the weekend and the first league meeting between the two this season.
The Telford Tigers are entering this weekend after facing 4-1 loss against the Swindon Wildcats at Telford last Sunday. Telford are currently sat in 4th within league standings after collecting 20 points, securing roughly 56% of points on offer from 9 wins, 7 losses and 2 overtimes losses while also being only 2 points ahead of the Bees. The Tigers’ power play unit is definitely not as effective as Tom Watkins would want it to be as they have only successfully executed 19 out of 83 (23%) man advantage situations in games played. On the other side, the penalty kill unit within Telford is something the Bees will have to push past if they find themselves on a power play as they have managed to kill 59 out of 67 penalties (88%) this season.
The Tigers have faced 658 shots on goal in games completed and are averaging 32 shots on goal a game against them. They have also managed 583 shots on the opposing team’s goal so far this season and are averaging roughly 37 shots on goal a game. Finley Howells has managed to get the puck to the back of net 2 times this season while Telford have been ‘ short-handed but opposing teams have also managed to get to the back of the Tigers’ goal 3 times this season.
Someone to keep a close eye on during Saturday’s fixture will be Scott McKenzie who has a total of 27 points in 18 games from 7 goals and 20 assists. From what we have seen of him in games so far this season he is a big part of creating chances for the Tigers. Another person the Bees will need to be cautious of is Rhodes Mitchell-King defensively. In games so far Rhodes Mitchell-King has collected a total of 15 points from 1 goal and 14 assists and is the Tigers’ top point scorer as a defenseman. He is a big part of the Tigers’ penalty kill and will definitely be a problem the Bees will need to try and overcome.
The Swindon Wildcats are currently sat in 8th within the league as they are on 17 points, securing roughly 57% of the points on offer so far this season and are going into this weekend with a 2 game winning streak with their last game being played against the Telford Tigers. Swindon have collected these points from 8 wins and 6 losses and 1 overtime loss. The Wildcats’ power play unit is something that they will want to try and improve as it has a percentage of 32% in being effective so far this season. Their penalty kill unit however is arguably up there out of all the teams with a percentage of roughly 80% of their penalty kills being successfully killed (51 out of 71).
Swindon have faced 456 shots on goal in games completed and are averaging 30 shots on goal a game against them. They have also managed 457 shots on the opposing team’s netminder so far this season and are averaging roughly 30 shots on goal a game. Russell Cowley has been the only Wildcat that has managed to get the puck to the back of net while being short-handed while there have also been 3 short-handed goals scored against the Wildcats this season.
On Sunday, the Bees will need to keep a close eye on Tomasz Malasinski who has been a big part of their offensive pushes this season for the Wildcats at and he has collected 29 points this season with 9 goals and 20 assists in 15 games. In a defensive role, the Bees will need to watch out for Edgar Bebris who has played a key part in shutting down chances before they make it to the Wildcats’ defensive zone. He has collected 10 points from 1 goal and 9 assists this season.