Goode timing in Thunder victory

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MK THUNDER struck back from losing at Bristol on Saturday to defeat league rivals Slough in a thrilling encounter at the Thunderdome on Sunday, thanks in part to the efforts of the Goode brothers.

A bright start promised much for the travelling Thunder in the south west as they came out of the blocks quickly. But despite their early pressure, Thunder fell behind in the opening session as Steve Fisher raced clear to beat Dave Cassidy.

The home side extended their lead with a little over 90 seconds left in the period as Steve Osman was able to poke home a rebound from close range whilst Bristol had the man advantage.

The second period faired little better for Thunder either as Osman completed his hat-trick after Maros Stefanco’s goal given Thunder a ray of light early in the period. But Alan Armour then increased Bristol’s lead with a powerplay marker, before Osman grabbed his fourth.

A much improved third period from the visitors sparked a revival as Connor Goode scored their second goal after just 61 seconds of the final frame, and then completed his brace five minutes later as Thunder piled on the pressure.

But they could not find a way past netminder Phil Dibble again, despite creating a number of scoring chances, and were left with a 6-3 defeat. However, they bounced back the next day as they beat Slough Jets for the first time in the two sides’ three meetings this season.

David Heath gave the visitors the lead when he was able to control a loose puck and fire past Cassidy, but Thunder were level in the second period when Harrison Goode was able scramble one home on the powerplay.

And Thunder snatched the win with just 28 seconds left as Harrison Goode was able to knock the puck loose for brother Connor to race through and score a dramatic late winner.