RYAN Aldridge believes Swindon Wildcats’ solid defence gave their attacking players the freedom to attack in their 4-0 win at Telford this evening.
Polish import Tomasz Malasinski scored a treble to see off the Tigers on their own ice, while Jan Kostal also found the net on a night where Cats stayed solid at the back and didn’t allow their hosts to gain a foothold in the contest.
Aldridge was impressed with his side’s ability to punish the hosts when they broke forward, but insisted it was their rigidity at the back which held the key to victory.
“We had a game plan and it seemed to work for us tonight, I watched them on Saturday (against Basingstoke) and there were certain areas I thought we needed to put pucks. It seemed to work out for us,” he said.
“We didn’t expect to win 4-0 but we wanted to come out flying from the start, I thought we did that and I’m really happy with that.
“If we take care of our defence we’re going to get good offense, it comes naturally with the forwards we’ve got, and I think we were outstanding in the defensive zone and took our chances when they came.
“We are taking care of our D-zone and good things are happening for us, we’ve had games earlier in the season where we couldn’t put the puck in the net, and if the game had gone on another 20 minutes we would have won by a good score.
“If we keep going like this on the road, playing hard and smart, then good things will happen.”
While Malasinski grabbed a treble it was netminder Stevie Lyle who earned the man of the match award following a string of saves, with Aldridge full of praise for both players.
“Tomasz scored some very nice goals and he’s a complete hockey player, what he does off the puck is outstanding, but he showed just what he can do on the puck this evening,” he said.
“It’s all good confidence for him to get that hat trick and the boys were very happy for him in the locker room, he was superb and he deserves it.
“Stevie’s one of those guys who never hits the panic button and he looks like he’s enjoying his playing time, he’s happy and has a smile on his face. He was outstanding from start to finish.”