Aldridge delighted with his new recruits

Ryan Aldridge

Ryan Aldridge

First published in Ice Hockey by

SWINDON’S two newest recruits both got off the goalscoring mark on Sunday and head coach Ryan Aldridge is delighted with how the duo are settling in.

Finn Henri Sandvik struck twice and laid on two assists in the 5-4 home defeat to Slough, while youngster Ollie Betteridge also found the net.

Both players have now played three games in a Wildcats jersey since signing nearly a fortnight ago, and Aldridge was upbeat when questioned on how they had adapted to life at the Link Centre.

“Henri is doing exactly what we expected from what the agents, Matias (Perkkio) and other guys said. He works hard and skates well,” said Aldridge.

“He was known as a skilled player when he was younger and I think this is probably a good level for him to show his talent.

“He’s got a bit of an edge to him as well, he’s not going to shy away from anything, so I’m very happy with him.”

On 17-year-old Betteridge, the head coach was equally positive, being particularly impressed by his industry since signing from Nottingham.

“Ollie’s a great kid, he doesn’t expect anything and he’s here to work hard.

“You don’t see a lot of them nowadays,” said Aldridge.

“We’ve been looking for someone since I’ve been here that’s going to play with the two top guys, someone who is just going to give them the puck and play with their head up.

“I think he’s probably the best one yet, so he’s definitely a good signing and hopefully he can keep improving for the rest of the year.”

Meanwhile, Aldridge has revealed his belief that Saturday night’s hard-fought 4-2 win at the Hangar impacted on the 5-4 home loss on Sunday night.

Swindon were handed no less than 10 penalties in Berkshire but still managed to clock up two points in the first game of the weekend.

However, Aldridge feels the physical exertions of being short-handed so often ultimately resulted in the players suffering on Sunday.

Speaking on the defeat, the Link Centre supremo said: “I’m disappointed because of the way we were up again.

“We talked on Saturday night about how we couldn’t take too many penalties, and while the ref was to blame a bit, you can’t blame him for every one.

“We were on the penalty kill for 20 minutes on Saturday and that’s tough on the body especially short-benched, and that went into Sunday night.

“I think we lost our legs and concentration in that third period, there were just too many mistakes and breakdowns in silly areas.”

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