Smith Recycling MK Lightning endured a night they won’t want to remember when they were comprehensively beaten 5-1 at Hull Pirates on Sunday.
Three Pirates goals in the space of just over five second period minutes sunk Lightning who never really looked like making a comeback from then on and only had the consolation of an early third session powerplay strike from Frankie Bakrlik to celebrate.
Things started badly for the visitors when they fell a goal behind on 3mins 46secs after Bakrlik was caught holding 18 seconds beforehand – Hull opening their account through former MK fans’ favourite Stan Lascek, assisted by Andrej Themar and Jaroslav Sarsok.
But it was another ex-Lightning player who was to prove to be a thorn in the visitors’ side – netminder Jordan Marr who thwarted almost everything fired at him to win the man of the match award for the Humberside outfit.
Lightning quickly ran into penalty trouble again as Luc Johnson was sin binned for tripping on 5mins 50secs – however the advantage was soon cancelled out by Jason Hewitt’s hooking call 36 seconds later.
As the period wore on Lewis Hook and Bakrlik both had attempts blocked by Marr while MK goalie Przemy Odrobny held a shot from Hewitt – the period ending 1-0 to the home side.
Pirates doubled their tally on 24mins 10secs – this time Lascek had a helper along with Dominic Osman when Themar beat Odrobny.
And while Lightning were regrouping Nathan Salem capitalised 19 seconds later, supplied by Sarsok and Hewitt.
MK had a couple of efforts when Craig Scott’s close range bid went wide before Tom Carlon brought a glove save from Marr.
Coach Pete Russell called an early timeout on 29mins but instead of benefiting his side it turned out to be to their detriment thanks to Themar’s second of the night only 11 seconds later, MK having lost the face off in the Hull zone allowing the opposition to go on a swift attack.
Despite Michael Farn being sin binned for hooking it didn’t stop Milan Baranyk and James Griffin having a go at cutting the deficit – without success.
If there was any doubt about the result then that ended after Pirates were awarded a penalty shot – from which Lee Bonner sent the puck past Odrobny for a 5-0 lead at 34mins 59secs.
Lightning did not give up the battle though and Bakrlik, Blaz Emersic and James Griffin all had attempts of note before the second period ended with no further goals.
Russell’s men eventually got off the mark after Hewitt was given two minutes for slashing 2mins 14secs into the final session – Baranyk and Leigh Jamieson assisting when Bakrlik defeated Marr for the only occasion at 43mins 14secs.
It was the final goal of the evening even though both sides did their best to beat the opposition netminder’s resolve – Marr blocking a fine Griffin shot and Odrobny making a glove save from Osman.
But as the encounter entered its final stages it was Pirates who had control with Marcus Maynard and Jonathan Kirk missing the target while Tom Carlon was off the ice on a hooking penalty.
Griffin, meanwhile, did his best with a long range drive caught by Marr as Pirates maintained their 5-1 lead to the buzzer.
Man of the Match: Blaz Emersic