National Ice Hockey League Division 1 (South)

Stars to go back to basics

12th February 2020    News

Oxford City Stars are “going back to basics” after suffering another narrow defeat at the weekend.

Head Coach Simon Anderson said the team need to simplify its game to break its bad run of form.

The Stars lost 5-2 at Slough Jets on Saturday and the home game on Sunday was against London Raiders 2 was postponed due to Storm Ciara.

Anderson said: “It was a disappointing loss.

“I did not think we started the game well, but I didn’t think Slough caused us too many problems in the first period. Both of their goals were put into our net by our players and that is what happens when you are down on your luck.

“The second period was our best period of the game, we just didn’t convert our chances, which is a major issue right now.

“Goals win games and if you cannot score or keep the puck out of the net then you don’t win many games.

“Although we scored a couple in the third period we did not deserve to win the game and our disappointing form continues. Overall, we didn’t convert our chances and so did not deserve to win, and our disappointing form continues.

“I’m wracking my brain to find a formula for our poor form.

“Most of the boys are trying their best, maybe even trying too hard which happens.

“However, some of our players also have more to give and we will be trying to press some buttons to get those particular guys going.

“Right now, it’s all about going back to basics, remembering what we are good at and even simplifying our game.

“We will keep working and thanks the fans for sticking with us. Hopefully we will give you something positive to shout about this weekend.”

Oxford conceded two early goals to Slough in the first period, they were on top in the second period but could not score.

Dax Hedges and Josh Florey scored in the third, but the Stars conceded another three goals across the period.

The Stars travel to Cardiff Fire on Sunday with a 6.30pm face off.

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