TRS Telford Tigers enjoyed a ‘fantastic’ turnout as they returned to their home ice in front of a packed house last night.
An estimated attendance of up to 1,000 people crammed into the newly revamped Telford Ice Rink following a £4 million makeover to watch them take on Peterborough Phantoms.
It was their first home game of the English Premier Ice Hockey League season following seven straight away games.
Unfortunately they could not make it a triumphant homecoming though as they were beaten 7-0.
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Club secretary Rita Mackriel said:”Everybody was disappointed with the result but it was great to get back on home ice at long last.
“It was an absolutely fantastic turn out, a lot better than I had expected.
“It took over an hour to get everybody in and the start of the game was delayed by 25 minutes so everyone could get in.
“I would estimate there were between 700-1,000 people there which was brilliant.”
Telford enjoyed better fortunes the night before though when they beat MK Lightning 5-4.
Goals from Tim Burrows (2), James Preece, Callum Bowley and debutant Elliot Knell secured a first win of the EPL season.
Player-coach Tom Watkins said: “We came into the game (last night) full of confidence, and I can’t put my finger on why we were so disappointing.”
Full round-up in tomorrow’s Shropshire Star
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