Glasgow Clan 8-3 MK Lightning (13th Jan)
By Paul Brookman
Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning endured a fruitless trip to Braehead Arena on Sunday when they crashed 8-3 to Glasgow Clan in a result which further hit their lingering outside chances of a play-off place.
MK started the game down to four defencemen following the injury to Martin Mazanec in the previous night’s encounter with Fife Flyers and they quickly fell behind on a penalty kill after Robbie Baillargeon was sin binned for holding on 1min 19secs. Brendan Connolly was on hand to set up Matt Beca for the first of a hat-trick of goals at 2mins 13secs.
At the same time Tim Wallace was handed two minutes in the cooler for slashing and Travis Ehrhardt an identical time for roughing – reducing both teams to four skaters with Clan able to take advantage of the extra space as Vaclav Stupka was provider for Craig Peacock to make it 2-0 to the hosts after 3mins 39secs.
Lightning survived a couple of penalties on Radek Meidl and Ivan Šijan before ending the first period on a powerplay following a tripping call on Scott Pitt which continued into the second session. Sixteen seconds from the end of the penalty Šijan found Wallace to beat goalie Joel Rumpel to reduce the deficit.
But the visitors’ soon found themselves two goals behind again thanks to a goal from Brit Matt Haywood on 25mins 54secs. The same player struck again after 34mins 32secs – this time Clan were defending a penalty on Scott Tanski.
Once more Lightning had a brief glimmer of hope as Nelson Armstrong and Meidl had a hand in Georgs Golovkovs’ strike on 36mins 3secs – but again it was cancelled out quickly thanks to Tanski who supplied scorer Rasmus Bjerrum 2mins 17secs from the interval.
MK could not capitalise on a hooking penalty imposed on Gerard Hanson and it proved costly as Pitt had a hand in Beca’s second goal after 48mins 4secs.
The travellers then suffered a two minutes plus 10 minute penalty on Andreas Valdix at the same time as Wallace was caught kneeing his opponent. Having survived the penalty, Beca, aided by Pitt and Jack Musil, completed his trio at 54mins 31secs.
Connolly rounded off the Clan scoring at 56mins 4secs to make it 8-2 before Baillargeon grabbed a late consolation for MK with 1min 2secs remaining – Owen Griffiths and Trevor Morbeck gaining the assists.
Man of the match: Georgs Golovkovs (sponsored by Cineworld Milton Keynes)