JOSH Tetlow’s dual-registration with Elite League club Nottingham Panthers is proving beneficial to Bracknell Bees, writes Dave Wright.

He admitted: “I am definitely learning new skills this season.”

The 19-year-old, 6ft 6in defenceman played for both teams last weekend, with Panthers defeating Manchester 4-3 in overtime on Saturday and Bees losing 3-2 at home to Basingstoke in NIHL Division One South on Sunday.

He was recently praised by the Midlanders, with a club source describing his performance as “always calm and composed on the puck and not at all out of place.”

Tetlow says the main difference between the two leagues is the speed of the game, while also describing the general standard as “smarter.”

He added: “Obviously you are around professionals (at Nottingham) every day and learning the proper way to act off the ice and play on the ice.

“Then I come back to Bracknell and try to apply the skills I learned and help the team out.”

Tetlow says his ambition is to secure a regular team spot at Nottingham, but in the meantime he is also keen to keep the Bees riding high in their division.

They remain fourth in the placings despite two narrow defeats at the weekend, 5-4 in overtime at Swindon on Saturday and then 24 hours later losing 3-2 to Basingstoke.

Commenting on Sunday’s defeat, Tetlow said: “It was a bit frustrating as we played well at times, but it was hard to maintain the momentum 100 per cent for the whole game.

“We started well, were a bit flat in the second (period), but came back really strongly in the third period . We just couldn’t get it (the puck) into the net.”