A third period strike by man of the match Craig Scott ensured Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning remained in the leading two teams in the English Premier League after a 3-2 win at Bracknell Bees on Sunday.
Lightning bounced back against the bottom placed side in the table after the previous evening’s first loss of the season – despite falling behind to Bees thanks to a David Gaborcik goal on 13 seconds.
But the strike, assisted by Carl Thompson and veteran Lukas Smital, was soon cancelled out when Leigh Jamieson and Milan Baranyk had a hand in Blaz Emersic’s reply after 2mins 23secs.
Bees’ man of the match, former Lightning stopper, Alex Mettam, then thwarted a Frankie Bakrlik shot before Przemy Odrobny was called to action to stop Krystof Kafan’s effort in the sixth minute.
Seconds later Kafan and MK’s Tom Carlon were sent to the sin bin for charging and tripping respectively before Bees had the first powerplay as Lewis Christie was penalised for tripping. However there was no further score.
Bees did take the lead again after Bakrlik was side-lined for roughing with just over a minute of the first period remaining. Kafan quickly took advantage with his marker on 19mins 19secs to give the hosts a 2-1 advantage at the first break.
A powerplay for Lightning when Matt Foord was sin binned for slashing was soon nullified with Bakrlik’s elbows penalty.
The visitors levelled things up with a powerplay goal on 29mins 17secs – Gaborcik serving time for boarding – when Bakrlik supplied Lewis Hook, the other assist going to Jamieson.
Two quick penalties just after the halfway mark saw Smital called for hooking and Hook going for an identical offence seconds later. It proved of little consequence though with neither team adding to their tally before the second interval.
That changed however within 1min 55secs of the start of the final session with Bakrlik and James Griffin helping Scott to beat Mettam for Lightning’s third goal. The goalie blocked Bakrlik’s initial shot but could not keep out Scott’s follow up.
Lightning could have added a fourth goal in the 46th minute but Mettam got in the way of Emersic’s attempt while Smital was denied by Odrobny soon after before Gaborcik blocked Hook’s shot.
Bees’ powerplay lines proved ineffective when Emersic was sent to the cooler for tripping and having survived the shorthanded spell captain Adam Carr went close with a deflected shot as the final seven minutes approached.
Bees called a timeout with 1min 35secs remaining leading to Mettam’s withdrawal but it proved of no avail – MK also opting for a timeout with 26 seconds to go as Lightning ended 3-2 victors.
Man of the Match: Craig Scott
Report: Paul Brookman