THE Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats enjoyed a perfect weekend after beating Hull Seahawks 7-3 and Leeds Knights 4-1 to secure maximum points in the National Ice Hockey League.

Swindon cruised past Hull at home on Saturday, thanks – in the main – to a four-goal haul from Tomasz Malasinski, before becoming the first team to best Leeds in regulation time this season at The Castle on Sunday.

Aaron Nell’s side claimed a four-point weekend for the second pair of fixtures in a row, helping them chain together a five-game winning streak ahead of Friday night’s derby clash with Bristol Pitbulls.

In the club’s annual Christmas teddy-bear-toss fixture, an annual tradition in hockey which gifts cuddly toys to children’s charities, fans threw their presents onto their ice in celebration at 9:29 after Malasinski dispatched a short-handed chance for the Cats.

Once the gifts were cleared from the ice, Reed Sayers repeated the short-handed trick for Swindon just 50 seconds later to put the hosts two goals to the good.

Following a barrage of penalties in the first period, a far more disciplined middle stanza saw Malasinski net twice more to complete his hat-trick. The first goal came less than two minutes into the action, and the second arrived just 11 seconds before the second buzzer.

Colby Tower and Russ Cowley added their names to the scoresheet as Swindon moved into a six-goal lead, only for the Seahawks to respond with three strikes of their own late on. Jordan Fisher, Tom Stubley, and Andrej Themar all scored within six minutes to halve the deficit.

But the star of the show was not to be denied his moment, and Malasinski slid the puck into an empty net with 19 seconds remaining for his fourth and the Cats’ seventh of the night.

Although Sunday night would turn out to be a brilliant one for Nell’s men, they could hardly have made a worse start against Leeds as Kieran Brown netted past Renny Marr at 41 seconds.

Edgars Bebris responded for the visitors at 3:08t, and head coach Nell put Swindon in front inside seven minutes in Yorkshire.

Following a handful of penalty kills from either side, Malasinski scored his fifth goal of the weekend at 29:02 to allow the Cats some breathing room.

Colby Tower added a fourth early in the third, and following some resolute defensive work from Swindon, the Wildcats escaped with a shock 4-1 win against the league leaders.