Lannon looks for concerted effort as Sijan makes home debut
Newly-appointed Player-Coach of the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning, Ryan Lannon, says the team will concentrate their efforts more than ever to come out of their only game this weekend with a win.
Lightning will play their fourth match in just eight days tomorrow when they face the Manchester Storm. But Sunday gives them a rare day without a match - and a chance to rest up after a busy schedule - before next Saturday’s long trip to Dundee.
Ryan, sponsored by the University of Buckingham, was clear about what he expects from the team. “We’re approaching the halfway point of our season where every game starts to matter more. Manchester is a big physical opponent that we have yet to beat this season.
“Since our only game this weekend is a Saturday night match at home, we anticipate nothing less than maximum effort and hope that 60 minutes of a concerted team performance will reward us with a much needed two points.”
New signing Ivan Sijan, who made his MKL debut in Wednesday’s away fixture in Nottingham - just hours after arriving in the UK - makes his home league debut on Saturday and one lucky fan will take home the jersey the Croatian wears during the game, should they hold the winning shirt raffle ticket. There’s also a James Griffin away replica jersey up for grabs as well as a cash prize of at least £500 in the Lightning’s 50-50 draw.
Doors open at the Planet Ice Arena at 6pm on Saturday and the action gets underway at 7pm. Saturday’s match is Lightning’s annual Air The Bear game where supporters are invited to throw new, bagged teddy bears onto the ice pad when the home side score their first goal. All bears donated will be used by MK Hospital Charity in their fund raising efforts for the proposed Milton Keynes Cancer Centre.