Head coach says Bees were taught a few lessons in defeats to Knights and Lightning

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Head coach Doug Sheppard was disappointed with the TSI World Bees’ start to their league season this weekend and says they were taught a few lessons in their 5-2 defeat at Leeds’ Knights and 3-2 loss on home ice to Milton Keynes Lightning.

The Bees took the lead at Leeds, with Juha Lindgren netting after just 2.33 but goals from Brandon Whistle and Matty Davies saw the Knights reclaim the advantage by the first interval and three unanswered goals in the middle period gave the hosts an unassailable lead. The Bees refused to throw in the towel, however, and grabbed a goal back through Dominic Gabaj before the end.

Two goals in the first period for Bobby Chamberlain, who scored after 26 seconds, and Russ Cowley gave Lightning a lead to protect in Slough on Sunday evening. Sam Talbot then looked to have finished off the Bees hopes in the middle period, but the visitors were forced to weather a late storm as Ed Bradley and Gabaj scored in the final minute of the match.

This weekend the Bees will face the Sheffield Steeldogs, first in Yorkshire on Saturday evening before Sunday’s home game at the Slough Ice Arena.

Reflecting on a difficult opening weekend, Sheppard said: “We got reminded of some vital lessons last weekend. We need to turn up and get started from the opening face-off and we need to start games the same way we're finishing them. I thought we competed well in the third period in both games last weekend but in this league, we can’t afford to not be competing for all three periods.

“We don't have most talented team on paper and we know that, therefore, we need to turn up and work hard every game. I’m confident if we do that for 60 minutes then we'll be successful, but I know if we don't do that, we've already seen what can happen.”

Bees make the road trip to Sheffield for a 7.30pm face-off on Saturday with the Steeldogs visiting Slough on Sunday for a 5.00pm face-off.

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