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Milton Keynes Lightning V Sheffield Steeldogs

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Recap

Smith Recycling MK Lightning may have been short-benched but that did not stop them tearing Sheffield Steeldogs apart in a 6-1 victory at MK Arena on Saturday.

Steeldogs seemed to be trying to psyche out Lightning by naming a bench which significantly outnumbered the home side – but in the event many of them proved to be no more than bench warmers having not been given a chance of playing due to the hosts’ lightning start.

Lightning who were missing the suspended Frankie Bakrlik and Bobby Chamberlain plus Glenn Billing, Luc Johnson and Ed Knaggs who were on Great Britain Under 20s duty brought Grant McPherson out of retirement. And he showed little rustiness despite his months out of action.

It was to be a doubly wise move when Jordan Cownie was thrown out of the game on a five minutes plus game penalty for a high stick on Arnoldas Bosas.

The absences meant constant switching of line combinations  and defenceman James Griffin played the latter part of the game as a forward.

The game was just 4mins 24secs old when the Lewis Hook-Cownie partnership struck. Cownie made the pass from the right and almost intuitively Hook was in the right position in front of goal to send the puck past goalie James Hadfield.

Callum Pattison was called for roughing and misconduct on 7mins 56secs  – Griffin refusing to be goaded. At exactly the same time Milan Baranyk robbed his marker to double MK’s advantage.

On the powerplay MK had a couple of good efforts, the best being a Cownie long shot which was blocked but were they unable to capitalise.

But it was not long before the hosts added to their tally when Blaz Emersic and Craig Scott had a hand in Griffin’s blast which went in off Hadfield’s pads on 11mins 17secs.

There were momentary celebrations for Steeldogs as Marcus Heywood was the recipient of a lucky bounce in front of goal to cut the deficit on 17mins 46secs.

Just seconds later Cownie was dismissed.

MK started the second session short-handed but it was Hook and Blaz Emersic  fed by Michael Farn who went closest before Pavel Mrna was thwarted by Przemy Odrobny in the Lightning goal.

As the period went on the home side put increasing pressure on Steeldogs – Scott going close in the 25th minute ahead of man of the match Griffin testing Sheffield goalie James Hadfield.

Therefore when the fourth goal came on 33mins 13secs it was no surprise – Tom Carlon supplying Griffin to score from close range.

Lightning ended the session on the powerplay with Steeldogs coach Greg Wood serving two minutes for tripping but it made no difference to the score.

It was much the same in the final stanza with Steeldogs fighting a rearguard action – their best chance probably coming when Heywood on the break shot high over the bar.

With a 4-1 lead going into the final ten minutes Lightning could afford to take it easy – only they didn’t. Hadfield seemed to have a shot-come-cross from Antti Hölli covered but he seemed to drop the shot and Scott swept the puck into the net on 50mins 42secs.

Lightning were not finished though and they rounded off the win as Hook scooped the puck over the stranded Hadfield for goal number six on 57mins 17secs.

It just about summed up Steeldogs’ evening when in the final minute Mrna went one on one with the netminder but came up against the brick wall – Odrobny.

Man of the Match: James Griffin (D)

Report: Paul Brookman

NEXT HOME GAME: Lightning v Swindon Wildcats 7pm Sat 17 Dec – our last pre-Christmas fixture! The team will play in the Christmas-themed jerseys and we’d love to see you in Christmas jumpers and fancy dress…let’s make it the best and biggest party night out in Milton Keynes!  Tickets 01908 540020 or click here.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
10/12/2016 19:00 English Premier League 2016 / 2017

Venue

Planet Ice Milton Keynes
1 South Row, Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes MK9 1BL, UK

Results

Team1st2nd3rdTOutcome
Milton Keynes Lightning3126Win
Sheffield Steeldogs1001Loss

Milton Keynes Lightning

# Player G A MIN SA GA PPG SHG PIM
1Jordan Hedley00000000
2Sam Jones00000002
8Blaz Emersic01000000
11Lewis Hook21000000
15James Griffin20000000
18Adam Carr00000000
19Leigh Jamieson00000000
23Tom Carlon02000002
28Milan Baranyk12000000
29Antti Hölli01000000
55Michael Farn00000000
66Lewis Christie00000000
88Craig Scott11000000
90Przemyslaw Odrobny0060311000
95Jordan Cownie000000025
 Total6803110029

Sheffield Steeldogs

G A MIN SA GA PPG SHG PIM
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