Ice Hockey: Hargreaves is not happy as Tigers maul Pitbulls
Penalty trouble cost the Bristol Pitbulls dearly last Sunday as they were beaten 10-5 by the Wightlink Tigers in Ryde.
Adrian Smith and Sam Feeney scored to give Bristol a 2-1 lead going into the first break.
However, the penalty trouble started to build in the second period, including a ten-minute misconduct for Olly Shone. Despite two goals from Liam Williams, and a further counter from Richie Hargreaves, Bristol never really recovered and found themselves frequent visitors to the penalty bench as the frustration built in the team.
For the home side, Drew Campbell, in particular, made the most of the opportunities presented by Bristol's indiscipline, scoring four powerplay goals.
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Coach Richie Hargreaves said: "I'm gutted. I was really confident going into this game. I thought Wightlink were struggling in their recent games, while we were getting better and had something to build on. But, it was the same old Bristol where teams are outworking our skill and we have nothing to fall back on."
He added: "We are not in this league to make the numbers up. We are here to push our development forward and win games. But the guys just aren't preparing themselves very well before the game and the result shows in the scoreline.
"It's the same mistakes week in, week out. After two games, you can put that down to a need for some fine-tuning. But, we are now six games in. While we may not have had the easiest start to the season because of the rink situation, we can't use that as an excuse."
Frustratingly for Hargreaves, it is his better players who seem to be under-performing.
"Pip Young has been our most consistent player and I don't have a bad word about him. Virtanen, Bernard and Asprey will do anything to win that puck or beat the player. But too many of the others are massively underachieving.
"Liam Williams was upset about his game after Oxford and really turned it around against Wightlink, getting the man-of-the-match award."
Hargreaves has sent a warning to his dressing room that no place on the team is secure. Bristol have a week off from league duty before heading to Chelmsford on November 17.