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SWINDON WILDCATS: Coach Aldridge wants import duo shut down
RYAN Aldridge has identified Frantisek Bakrlik and Darius Pliskauskas as the men Swindon have to stop if they are to conquer Slough in the teams’ double-header this weekend.
The 6ft 5in Bakrlik has caused Wildcats problems with his physicality in the past, while Pliskauskas is a skilful operator on the puck who regularly punishes loose defence.
Head coach Aldridge plans to match up the towering Tomas Fojtik against Bakrlik in a bid to nullify the Slough man’s effectiveness, while he wants Pliskauskas shut down quickly by the D in general.
“They are the two that cost us when we played them before,” said Aldridge, whose side lost 4-1 to the Jets in October.
“Tomas will have to play against Bakrlik, he is really the only D-man we have who can battle with him.
“We gave Pliskauskas a bit too much room last time. He’s got a very quick release and picks his shots well.”
Cats are missing long-term absentees Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes, while Matias Perkkio could miss the weekend due to personal reasons. That means it is likely D-man Jan Melichar will return to the line-up to fill the free import slot vacated by Perkkio.
“It will be tough if Matias is out of the line-up because we’ll be short up front again,” added Aldridge.
n AARON Nell is still waiting to find out whether he has made the Great Britain squad for final Winter Olympic qualifiers. The Swindon forward attended a two-day training camp in Manchester earlier this week.