The rollercoaster comes to an end as Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning take on Fife Flyers in their final home game of their debut Elite League season. In what has been a thrilling season Lightning welcome the Gardiner Champions with the head to head series currently being led 2-1 by the Flyers.
Fife come to Buckinghamshire as Champions of their conference, finishing first ahead of fellow Scottish sides Braehead Clan, Dundee Stars and Edinburgh Capitals. The Flyers have qualified for the PredictorBet Elite League Playoffs and are currently fourth in the table. The Scottish champions are currently involved in a tight midtable battle with just 4 points separating 7th from 3rd meaning this weekend it’s still all to play for with regards to the PredictorBet Elite League Quarter Final Playoffs match ups.
Lightning come into this game having beaten every single Elite League team in their debut season, an incredible achievement for a first year side and will be looking to tie the series against their Scottish opponents.
It is Head Coach Peter Russell’s last game before departing Milton Keynes so everyone will look to send off Pete with the best possible result.
Face Off: Saturday 7:00pm
Venue: MK Arena, Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Live On: LightningTV – https://www.mklightning.tv/
Previous games: Flyers 3-2 Lightning
Flyers 5-2 Lightning
Lightning 5-2 Flyers – highlights can be seen here, courtesy of LightningTV:
Farewell to Peter Russell
Not only is it our last home game of our debut Elite League season we also bid goodbye to our Head Coach Peter Russell. Under Pete’s leadership Lightning have developed as an organisation both on and off the ice, resulting in the team’s debut Elite League season this year. The highlight of Russell’s tenure here at MK Arena was the English Premier League Playoff and Cup double of 2016/17 meaning Lightning became the most successful English Premier League Ice Hockey club of all time. Everyone at MK Lightning wishes Pete and his family the best of luck for the future.
One of the highlights from Peter’s time here in MK can be seen here:
Final Edition of ‘Lightning Strike’ for this season: Be sure to pick up the last edition of this season’s ‘Lightning Strike’ featuring exclusive views and interviews which won’t be found anywhere else all for just £3!
Pre-Match Deals: Head on down to Giovanni’s Gelatos and gain 30% off any ice-cream with a match ticket or 10% off at the Drafthouse if you fancy a pregame pint!
50-50: One lucky fan will leave the arena with a minimum of £1,000 in their back pocket as we have another huge 50-50 prize on offer. Purchase your ticket from any of our sellers for a chance to win.
Merchandise: Make sure you visit the Supporters Club stand to purchase all of your last minuted merchandise. It’s your last chance to get these items in person so don’t miss out.
Shirt Off The Back: Win a game worn jersey straight off the player’s back! For one last time this season you could go home looking the pro in a Lightning player’s jersey.
The Grid: A red Lightning jersey?? You could walk around in this unique one off jersey. Look for Anita by the Supporters Club Stand for a chance to win this.
Funky Duckling Chuck a Duck: Purchase your duck and throw it on to the ice at the end of the second period for a chance to win some fantastic prizes, ranging from chocolates and sweets through to a £25 Bar Tab.
Also for any fan who managed to get their duck into our Smith’s Skip Lorry your name will be drawn from the hat to see if you have won your Season Ticket for the 2018-19 season, Live on ice!
Own & Loan Jersey Presentation: For all of our fans who have owned and loaned a jersey, your player will meet you in the VIP bar after the game for a photo and to thank you for your support this season.
Players To Watch
Being a Lightning player since 2015 former Coventry Blaze defensemen James Griffin has already signed up for next season’s campaign. At the recent ‘End Of Seasons Awards’ night James was awarded ‘Best defencemen’ for his consistent and solid displays in Lightning’s debut Elite League season, ‘Griff’ has 4 assists so far this year. Guillaume Doucet is on fire right now, smashing 6 goals in his last 3 appearances including a hat-trick against Guildford Flames.
Former Lightning netminder Jordan Marr visits Milton Keynes for the second time this season having iced for the Lightning in their English Premier League 2015/16 campaign. The Scottish goaltender has made 15 appearances so far this season. Canadian Chase Schaber is the fifth highest goalscorer in the Elite League this year with 29 goals so far this season. Schaber has 6 goals in his last 6 appearances and bagged a hat-trick against Dundee Stars last Sunday in a 6-2 win for the Flyers.