Glasgow Clan 6 - 3 MK Lightning (17th Nov)
By Paul Brookman
Three Glasgow Clan goals in less than five minutes ensured there was no repeat of Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning’s midweek success against the Scottish side when went down 6-3 at Braehead Arena on Saturday.
Clan, who had surrendered a four goal lead to lose in overtime to Sheffield Steelers the previous night, were in no mood to let that happen again – as well as wanting quick revenge over Lightning.
Matt Beca was involved in five of Clan’s goals to deservedly pick up the man of the match award for the hosts while Georgs Golovkovs who was among MK’s scorers took the accolade for the visitors.
Lightning were without suspended goalie Patrick Killeen and Cole Shudra plus the long term injured Ryan Lannon, David Norris and James Hounsome. Clan were missing the banned Brendan Connolly and Zack Fitzgerald. Adam Goss took over netminding duties, while on loan Jordan Boyle from National League side Whitley Warriors was back-up.
It took until the 14th minute for the opening goal, but before that there was plenty of action with Eric Neiley drawing a save from goalie Joel Rumpel in the opening minutes ahead of Goss making a series of fine saves.
The opening strike came on 14mins 31secs – Beca was the marksman, assisted by Vaclav Stupka and Scott Pitt. A few seconds later there was a scare when Clan had the puck in the net again, only for the officials to disallow the effort after a video review.
Lightning looked set to enjoy a powerplay when Tyson Wilson was called for delaying the game 12 seconds from the buzzer. However Clay Anderson’s over enthusiasm in blasting the puck after the period end earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty – so the second period began with both outfits a man down.
MK survived two penalties early in the second session – Tim Wallace (tripping) and Martin Mazanec (elbows) serving time off the ice.
A great tap in by Michael Fine – aided by Robbie Baillargeon and Neiley – put Lightning level at 28mins 4secs. But parity did not last long as Beca set up Pitt to edge the home side ahead again on 29mins 57secs.
It was the start of a three goal blitz which saw Travis Ehrhardt score on 32mins 37secs before that man Beca struck after 34mins 31secs to put Clan firmly in control at 4-1 – a score which did not change before the second period break.
Things got worse for Lightning 52 seconds into the third session though when Josh Gratton registered unassisted to extend Clan’s advantage to four goals.
MK reduced the gap again on 42mins 3secs when Owen Griffiths and Rihards Grigors were involved as Georgs Golovkovs beat Rumpel.
And there was vague cause for hope of a turnaround in the outcome when Rumpel was caught out again with a Trevor Morbeck assisted marker from Fine just over a minute later at 43mins 10secs.
However that was extinguished with a short-handed goal when Gratton struck again after 52mins 3secs to make it 6-3 while Craig Peacock was serving two minutes in the sin bin for tripping.
Despite withdrawing Goss in the final minute or so there was no late comeback for Lightning.
Man of the match: Georgs Golovkovs (Sponsored by Cineworld Milton Keynes)