Guildford Flames 5-1 MK Lightning (20th Feb)
By Paul Brookman
It was another miserable night in Guildford for Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning on Wednesday when they went down 5-1 to the in-form Flames at the Spectrum Centre.
Lacking the services of the injured Radek Meidl the visitors brought in Rio Grinell-Parke from Milton Keynes Thunder for more Elite League experience.
While there was a sprinkling of penalties throughout the game none of the goals came from powerplay situations. Lightning had a man advantage as early as the second minute when Jordan Abt was called for interference with no consequence to the scoreline.
Flames went ahead on 12mins 27secs when the hosts’ man of the match Josh Waller was involved as Brett Ferguson served up a pass for Jesse Craige to beat netminder Patrick Killeen.
Just over two minutes later Flames doubled their advantage when Kruise Reddick supplied Evan Janssen – the goal timed at 14mins 47secs.
That was the end of the scoring for the first period but there was more agony as the for MK as the second period started when Waller and Ferguson had the assists on James Crooks third strike at 23mins 5secs. Tim Wallace was sin binned in the 24th minute but Lightning’s penalty kill units were able to see off the short-handed spell.
Returning to even strength Flames quickly added to their tally when Abt was involved in Waller’s goal to give Guildford a 4-0 lead at the second break. That was despite penalties on Ben Davies for tripping and Reddick for slashing, while Andreas Valdix had two minutes in the sin bin for hooking.
The visitors could make no progress when Craige (roughing) and Davies (interference) twice gave them powerplays early in the third session.
Davies then atoned for his earlier misdemeanours by registering Flames’ fifth goal, unassisted, on 47mins 7secs.
There was no joy for MK a minute or so later when Crooks went for slashing and it was not until 55mins 29secs that Flames’ goalie Travis Fullerton was beaten for what was a consolation goal from Wallace, his 18th of the season, aided by Michael Fine.
Man of the match: Georgs Golovkovs (sponsored by Cineworld MK)