ICE HOCKEY: Complacent Swindon Wildcats blow two-goal leads – twice
12:01pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
THE Swindon Wildcats could have bagged another four-point weekend but threw away leads in both games against the Milton Keynes Lightning to suffer two defeats, writes George Royle.
Saturday’s game at the Swindon Ice Arena was one of the most inconsistent Wildcat performances for some time.
In the first period, they were solid at the back, giving the forwards plenty of puck possession to do their business at the other end.
Goals from Sam Bullas and Finnish defence man Aku Pekkarinen gave the Cats a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
After such a great first frame, the second was simply disastrous. Swindon conceded five unanswered goals.
A big third period was needed, and with goals from Ollie Betteridge and Jonas Hoog in quick succession, the Swindon Ice Arena was rocking. However, a Milton Keynes goal five minutes from time to make it 6-4 dashed the Cats' hopes of a remarkable comeback.
On Sunday in Coventry, MK's temporary home, Swindon blew another two-goal lead.
Yet again in was just one bad period that cost the Wildcats the victory. The Lightning bagged three unanswered goals in the final session to give them a 6-4 win in what was an entertaining game of hockey.
Swindon's goals came from Hoog, Adam Harding, Ryan Aldridge and new recruit, Ryan Watt, who bagged his first of the season in the red and white colours with a classy finish.
The Wildcats are certainly good enough to have a successful season, but they are perhaps becoming too complacent when leading in games. They were arguably the better team in the away leg on Sunday, and the Lightning certainly had luck in their favour.
Swindon play just once this weekend, as they travel to Peterborough to tackle the Phantoms on Saturday. They return to home territory on Wednesday for an evening fixture with the Slough Jets.
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