Lannon praises Lightning’s team spirit after thousand-mile journey
Player coach Ryan Lannon praised his side’s team spirit as their home winning streak continued on Sunday with a victory against local rivals the Coventry Blaze.
The Smith Recyling Milton Keynes Lightning ran riot in the first period, scoring two powerplay goals less than two minutes apart as Ben Lake then Ross Venus sat minor penalties for the visitors. A short-handed Luke Ferrara goal gave Danny Stewart’s side hope three minutes later - but it was to be the only time they would beat MKL stopper Patrick Killeen.
“There’s no sitting back and protecting a lead in this league,” said Lannon. “We talked about it in between periods and the need to make Coventry) go 200 feet if they wanted a scoring chance.
“Three powerplay goals in the first period was as much as you can ask for. We continued to bring the play to them in the second then I thought we sat back a little in the third but Patrick came up huge between the pipes and our penalty kill was strong.”
The victory came less than 24 hours after a loss away to Glasgow Clan, the team only having returned to Milton Keynes in the early hours of Sunday after a near 1,000 mile road trip before facing the Blaze. "it was important for us to get back on the winning track” said Lannon.
Lightning host the Nottingham Panthers this coming Saturday (24 November) at Planet Ice Arena in Milton Keynes. Advance sales have been brisk and supporters are encouraged to book in advance to avoid queuing and speed up their entry to the Arena on matchnight. Faceoff is at 7pm with doors opening an hour before. Tickets available at mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01908 540020
Ryan Lannon is sponsored by University of Buckingham.