SWINDON WILDCATS: Kostal predicts a winning streak for Cats

Jan Kostal in action

Jan Kostal in action

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Chief sports writer

WILDCATS’ Czech import Jan Kostal thinks that the Link Centre-based side can go on a winning run now they’ve passed their test against Milton Keynes.

Swindon had been unsuccessful in all of their four previous attempts to beat the Lightning this season but managed to get a victory on Wednesday night, as Kostal converted in overtime.

The former HC Karlovy Vary forward was delighted to score the winner and push Wildcats on, as they look to make their play-off place secure.

“I think last two weeks we are not playing how we want and I think from this match we can start a winning run,” he said. “I think when we play good D, it’s good for us. We have good break players and we can score goals and surprise their defencemen and goalie.

“It was good that we won the game to be in play-offs and we must look a little bit behind and forward. There is not a lot of points difference between us and I think four teams are within five or six points, every point is good for us.”

Kostal praised his fellow forward Sam Smith for his pass that led to the overtime winner. Smith and Kostal had been working on their combination play and the 33-year-old Czech was pleased to see the hard work pay off.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “I said to Smithy we tried this signal, it was good and he passed a fantastic pass to me. I was scoring when I was falling down it was wonderful feeling for me.”

Sam Bullas had called for Cats to be clinical in front of goal after last weekend’s Bracknell game and Kostal thought Swindon had risen to the challenge, taking advantage of good defence and a strong performance from goalie Stevie Lyle.

“Stevie played good in the net and I think our D zone was very good today,” he said. “I think this team (Milton Keynes) are very strong. We played good in defence and wait for the chances.

“I’m very happy that we win. It was hard, a very difficult match when it was 2-2 and I’m very happy that we could get the win today.”

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