Milton Keynes Lightning 1 – 3 Bracknell Bees

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The Bees headed to Coventry to take on the Milton Keynes Lightning looking to get things back on track after a two loss weekend last time out.   With a home win over the Lightning only a couple of weekends ago the Bees were looking for the same result but on the road this time out.

Injuries and suspensions were also for once not an issue for the Bees as they iced a full squad of players and also called up several of the two way players from the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club – Ilya Antonov, Ben Paynter, Brendan Baird, Danny Hughes, Luke Reynolds and Tom Fisher were all added to the lineup.

Jordan Hedley got the start in nets for the home team Lightning with Alex Mettam getting the start for the visiting Bees.

The action got off to a bad start for the Bees when after just over a minute into the game Scott Spearing was called for a tripping minor penalty and the Lightning were effective on the resulting powerplay as ex-Bee Tom Carlon slotted away the opportunity after good work from Stanislav Lascek and Michael Farn.   Not the start the Bees wanted but the fought hard to get back into the game and Hedley was forced into a couple of saves before the Bees again found themselves killing a powerplay when Pavel Strycek took an interference minor with just under six minutes gone.   This time however the Bees penalty kill stood firm.   The Bees then took the game to the Lightning for the rest of the period, the sides traded a couple of powerplays mid way through the period but the Bees kept the pressure up and peppered Hedley’s net but couldn’t find a way through as the first period expired.

The second period started at pace with the sides exchanging chances and it was with just under five minutes gone when the Bees finally struck reward for their efforts when Shaun Thompson leveled the scores after nice work from Lukas Smital and Scott Spearing.   The action swung from end to end with the netminders both turning away everything thrown at them.   Late on the Bees had two back to back powerplay chances with Lukas Zatopek and then Lewis Christie in the box for the Lightning.   The Lightning killed off both powerplays despite pressure from the Bees on their net.  With eighteen seconds left in the period the Bees thought they had taken the lead when they found the back of the net, however the goal was ruled out as it was judged to have been kicked into the net.

Into the third period with the scores tied it was all to play for and both teams went for it.   Early exchanges were kept at bay by the defences and the Bees then ran into their own period of penalty trouble as Chris Wiggins and Pavel Strycek were penalised.   The Bees penalty kill unit stood strong however and looked to break where possible, forcing Hedley to keep alert.   Just as the Lighting looked to be getting into the ascendency they found themselves shorthanded as Adam Carr was assessed a tripping minor with just under eight minutes remaining.   The Bees saw their chance and took the lead as they converted the powerplay chance through Scott Spearing.   The Lightning pushed forward looking for the equaliser but with just over a minute to go the Bees caught Milton Keynes out and scored their third of the evening with Shaun Thompson scoring his second of the evening and effectively wrapping up the result for the Bees.   Jordan Hedley was removed in favour of the extra skater as time ticked on but the Bees dealt with the last pressure and hung on for the impressive road win.

Man of the match awards went to Scott Spearing for the Bees and Ben Russell for the Lightning.

Match Stats
Period Scores: 1-0; 0-1; 0-2
Lightning PIMs – 8 (McPherson, Carr, Christie & Zatopek 2)
Bees PIMs – 10 (Strycek 6; Spearing & Wiggins 2)
Lightning scoring – Carlon 1+0; Lascek & Farn 0+1
Bees scoring – Thompson 2+0; Spearing 1+1; Smital 0+3; Bendik 0+2
Shots on Lightning  (Hedley)  39 (14,17,8)
Shots on Bees (Mettam) 35 (8,12,15)

Link to Official EIHA Gamesheet – HERE

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