SLOUGH Jets will finish bottom of Group A in the National Ice Hockey League Cup following a 5-2 defeat against Bristol Pitbulls on Sunday evening.

In what was a must-win game for The Pitbulls’ cup aspirations, the game could not have started any worse for them.

Just 15 seconds into the match, Daniel Luplau of Slough broke down the left wing before feeding Carl Hastings, who tipped the puck into the net.

Whereas, in the past, an early goal may have rocked the visitors’ confidence, Bristol remained focused and scored twice through Josh Dolphin and Olly Shone before the end of the first period.

That tally was added to in the second period through Jordan Smith and Adrian Smith as The Pitbulls assumed full control of the game.

Slough did get one back early on in the third period through Nathan Darmanin.

However, Bristol dominated the final stanza, out-shooting their hosts 34-4 with a final goal from man-of-the-match Jordan Smith making the game safe.

Slough now turn their attentions toward the National Ice Hockey League South Two with a visit to The Hangar from Peterborough Islanders this Saturday (6.30pm face-off).