RYAN Aldridge was quick to praise Glenn Billing and Swindon Wildcats’ hoard of young players after guiding his side to a 9-1 victory over Invicta Dynamos this evening.
Billing grabbed four goals and two assists as he combined superbly with linemates Aaron Nell and Jonas Hoog during the rout, which secured two vital points for Cats in their quest for qualification from the Challenge Cup south group.
Aldridge was impressed with what he saw, though he thought Billing could have contributed even more goals, and was proud of what he young players were able to produce as they teamed up with Cats’ senior players.
“To be honest with you I reckon he could probably have had eight tonight, he had four before he put the first one in and he needs to relax, not think about it and shoot the puck,” he said.
“He was outstanding tonight and they were well taken goals with some very good assists as well.
“I think they all played great, we put them out on the powerplay to try and get another one of them a goal, they had some great chances and took the puck up the ice tonight better than we do at times so they were phenomenal.
“They are (fearless) a few of them took some big hits which was tough and they bounced back really well.”
Aldridge was also impressed with the way his senior players went about helping the young stars blend in this evening.
“All the guys were happy to give up their ice time for the young guys so it’s good that the older guys are taking pride in that, for Aaron and Jonas to play like that and be patient with him was great,” he said.