Lightning face Scottish triple-header challenge this weekend



Lightning face Scottish triple-header challenge this weekend

A trio of Scottish challenges face Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend as they head north of the border for the first time this season.

So that means for the first weekend of this campaign Lightning fans will be starved of a home game to watch – however check out the websites of Dundee Stars, Glasgow Clan and Fife Flyers to find out the availability of a live stream so you can watch the game from the comfort of your own armchair. Failing that follow the progress on the @mklightninglive Twitter feed.

First up are Dundee Stars on Friday night with a face off time of 7.30pm. Lightning and Stars have already met once this campaign with Doug McKay’s men edging the battle at Planet Ice 3-2 thanks to an Andreas Valdix powerplay goal 54 seconds from the end of overtime. Stars start two places and one point above Lightning who have two games in hand.

Head coach Omar Pacha rang the changes in the close season with ten players leaving Stars – including last year’s top scorer Gabriel Lévesque who transferred to Jonquière Marquis of the Quebec based North American League.

But an old Lightning favourite, Jordan Cownie, remains. A native of Dundee joined Stars as Lightning made the switch to the top level of British hockey.

The following day Lightning renew acquaintance with former head coach Peter Russell who is now in charge at Glasgow Clan. However it is fair to say that more travelling fans are likely to know him than members of MK’s much changed squad where only James Griffin remains from last year’s squad.

Mr Russell has made a large number of changes to Clan who were previously known as Braehead. But many of his roster are fully experienced in what the demands are of Elite League hockey with three signing from Manchester Storm in Matt Stanisz, Matt Beca and Gerard Hanson while Zack Fitzgerald has come in from Sheffield Steelers and Brendan Connolly from Belfast Giants.

Face off on Saturday is 7pm.

Sunday’s game is against the oldest existing club in British hockey – Kirkcaldy based Fife Flyers where stability is the watchword with the rewards coming this season as the club go into the weekend second in the league, one point behind Nottingham Panthers but with five games in hand.

Head coach Canadian Todd Dutiaume has been at the helm since 2005-2006, first as player-coach and more recently in a non-playing role. His association with Fife incredibly goes back to 1998-1999 when he signed as a player – a true legend.
Mr Dutiaume applies the same philosophy to his squad with 11 of his players remaining from last year – while a newcomer is Evan Stoflet who served Lightning in defence at the back of last season. Sunday’s game starts at 6.30pm.

Lightning are next on home ice on Saturday November 3 when Guildford Flames are the visitors – face off 7pm.  Tickets on sale from the Planet Ice box office, by phone on 01908 540020 or online at mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets

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