Lightning strike twice to sink Slough Jets in double-header

Lightning strike twice to sink Slough Jets in double-header

Graeme Copas

Lightning strike twice to sink Slough Jets in double-header
Slough Jets' Matt Towalski

Slough Jets 4, Milton Keynes Lightning 7

Having conceded seven goals on Saturday away to Milton Keynes Lightning, the Jets replicated this feat in losing at home on Sunday to the same opponents.

Jets’ Ales Padelek put the puck past Stephen Wall for the opening goal 148 seconds into the game, but Tom Carlon had the equaliser on the end of his stick when he beat Danny Milton at 6.44.

A period totalling 35 shots continued, playing out with both teams attacking and defending well, but at 17.32 Carlon added the visitors’ second for the ahead goal.

Two quick goals started the second period and they were both for the visiting team, giving them a 3-1 cushion.

Blaz Emersic scored at 20.58 and was quickly followed by Michael Farn at 21.54, but the hosts were not out the game yet as Padelek netted his second at 28.34 to pull it back to 4-2.

Kamil Tvrdek scored at 34.50 and with the remaining five minutes 10 seconds being held scoreless the second interval was taken with Slough right back in the game at 4-3.

Milton Keynes came out and finished the game off early in the final period with goals from Grant McPherson at 44.26, Stanislav Lascek at 48.33 and Lukas Zatopek at 52.12 making  it 7-3.

The never-say-die attitude from the home team continued with Andrius Kaminskas scoring the final goal at 53.13.

Slough: Padelek 2+2; Lack 0+3; Kaminskas, Tvrdek 1+0; Towalski, Rose, Kieras 0+1. Net: Milton (60.00) 39/7

Milton Keynes: Jokila 0+3; Emersic 1+2; Carlon 2+0; McPherson, Lascek, Farn, Zatopek 1+1; Gore, Carr, Green, Bowers 0+1. Net: Wall (60.00) 46/4

Period scores: 1-2/2-2/1-3

Shots On Goal: 39-46

Penalty Minutes: 8-10

Referees: K O’Halloran & N Ormond.

Linesmen: A Von Haselberg Palyvou & L Martin

Attendance: 373

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Milton Keynes Lightning 7, Slough Jets 1

Saturday saw Slough Jets comfortably beaten by Milton Keynes Lightning on their borrowed home rink in Coventry.

A tough start to the game saw the home team rack up a lead, starting with Janne Jokila netting at 5.32, followed by Ross Bowers at 5.45 and Jokila scored his second at 8.29.

A powerplay strike at 13.27 from Tom Carlon was followed by an even-strength goal at 16.35 from the same player.

With 2.23 left in the period Brandon Miles scored his first goal with an assist from Conor Redmond and a first assist for Liam Underdown on debut to make the score 5-1.

A second period shut out by both netminders ensured the final period started just the same as the second had, but two goals just past the midway point sealed the result in favour of the hosts.

Leigh Jamieson made it 6-1 at 50.30 and for the second time in the night a 13-second margin separated goals as Blaz Emersic scored from Jokila at 50.43 and the game progressed scoreless from there on.

Milton Keynes: Jokila 2+2; Emersic 1+3; Carlon 2+0; Jamieson, Bowers 1+0; Russell, Cownie, Lascek, Carr, Green, Farn 0+1. Net: Hedley (60.00) 25/1

Slough: Miles 1+0; Underdown, Redmond 0+1. Net: Milton (60.00) 32/7

Period scores: 5-1/0-0/2-0

Shots On Goal: 25-32

Penalty Minutes: 6-6

Referee: J Johnston. Linesmen: A Von Haselburg Palyvou & L Broadbelt.

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Slough Jets  restart their EPL campaign on Saturday, January 4 at home to Telford Tigers before heading to Guildford Flames the following day.

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