Near Misses, Unexpected Changes & Disappointment
Inconsistency led to a poor finish for MK Lightning in 2010-2011, with the team finishing in fifth place in the League, as well as losing the play-off final to Guildford Flames.
The team fared no better in 2011-2012, with MK Lightning once again finishing in fifth place, despite having led the league that December.
The team lost in the play-off quarter finals to eventual winners Slough Jets, despite taking a three-goal lead into the away leg.
The team’s 2012-2013 season was massively affected, when in January 2013 Nick Poole unexpectedly announced his immediate retirement from playing.
Lightning finished in fourth place and lost to Guildford Flames in the play-off semi-finals, despite arguably playing the better hockey.
The disruptions continued into the 2013-2014 season as home games were played in Coventry due to the renovation of the Milton Keynes rink. Due to a lack of practice ice time, the team struggled for consistency but finished in a credible fourth place. They were also the runners up to Basingstoke Bison in the Cup.
The 2014-2015 season started with Lightning continuing to play out of Coventry. Indifferent early form left the team languishing near the bottom of the league. The refurbishment of the Milton Keynes rink was completed a month into the season and the first game back on home territory was played on the 18th October 2014 against Sheffield Steeldogs in front of a capacity crowd of 2,500.
Despite the return to home ice, the Lightning continued to perform poorly. The loss of key players through roster changes and a series of injuries increased pressure on an already struggling team. As a result, Lightning finished the season in seventh place, their lowest ever position.
Despite poor league performances, Lightning defeated Guildford in the play-off quarter finals, before losing to Manchester Phoenix in the semi-finals.