Telford Tigers’ boss Tom Watkins hailed his side’s battling qualities after a dramatic 3-2 EPL play-off win over Guildford Flames on Wednesday.
The victory means Telford remain in contention to finish in the top two of their group and secure a place at next month’s finals tournament at Coventry.
Danny Rose sealed the win with a powerful strike in overtime, following an end-to-end encounter during the first three periods.
“I think it was probably a great game for the fans to watch, with two teams making it hard for each other to get scoring chances,” said Watkins.
“There was some solid netminding at both ends of the rink tonight and that is what play-off hockey is all about.
“I said to the boys after the game that I really liked the way we battled. We weren’t at our best, but we showed great commitment.
“I am really pleased to come away with two huge points on the road.
“Winning in overtime always ramps things up and makes it much more exciting, but to come here in a play-off game and win is huge for us.
“Guildford did a good job of shutting us down when they beat us last week, and at times tonight it was difficult defensively.
“There were some good scoring opportunities, but like I said the netminders came up big and there were some huge moments in the game.
“It means Saturday against Peterborough is a massive game for us and we’ll go there for the win – that is the way you have to approach it.”
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