Lighting provide a late sting in the tail for Bees

Pic by Jez Tibbetts
Pic by Jez Tibbetts

Routine wins are as rare as hen’s teeth for Milton Keynes Lightning this season - but they came close to chalking up one on Sunday before conceding a four goal lead.

In the end they were forced into overtime by Bracknell Bees at Coventry Skydome on Sunday before sealing a 5-4 win with a strike by defenceman Michael Farn.

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The previous evening it was business as usual for MK when they came from going two goals behind to win 3-2 with a late goal at Bracknell - late recoveries becoming the norm this term.

For the first two sessions on Sunday it was the Stan Lascek show with the Slovak scoring all of the first four goals - his first coming after 36 seconds - and Adam Carr claiming assists on all of them.

Lukas Smital put the puck into the net for Bees after 15mins but the effort was ruled out because the net was off its moorings - the blame for it resting with Farn who received a two minute delaying the game penalty.

But it was Lightning who added their second goal when Carr and Lascek went on two man break. Carr fired first only for the puck to rebound off goalie Tom Annetts for Lascek to tuck away at 16mins 1sec.

The same pairing made it 3-0 after 28mins 39secs - Carr finding Lascek a long way out on the right and his blast eluding Annetts who didn’t see the puck until it was too late.

Lascek’s next was even better as he took the pass from the right and crashed it first time into the goal after 36mins 39secs.

It looked odds on that Lightning would go on and score many more times in the third session as Bees looked well beaten.

But incredibly Bees reduced the gap to one goal by the 48th minute with Sam Oakford starting things off with a soft powerplay goal after 43mins 13secs and Ollie Bronniman getting the first of his two goals - a scrambled affair - on 44mins 33secs.

Things were getting slightly uncomfortable when Bronniman netted again on the powerplay after 47mins 41secs they got even worse as, with Lightning a man short again in the final minutes, Smital drew level to send the game into overtime at 58mins 6secs.

Former Lightning man Kamil Tvrdek was penalised for tripping during the overtime period and that provided the opening for Janne Jokila to set up Farn for the game winner at 64mins 23secs - much to the relief of the home fans.

The previous day a late goal from defenceman Ross Green gave Lightning a 3-2 win at Bracknell on Saturday. It was the former Milton Keynes junior’s first goal of the season – and he could have hardly timed it any better coming only 1min 12secs from the end of the encounter.

As in the first meeting at The Hive this year, Lightning found themselves trailing by two goals at the first break – this time Bees registered first after 4mins 19secs when Oakford was the provider for Smital.

Tvrdek doubled the lead on 11mins 39secs after being set up by Rob Lamey. It was not until after the half way stage of the game that there was anything for the travelling fans to cheer as Leigh Jamieson was the supplier for a well taken Jordan Cownie strike at 35mins 30secs.

The equaliser came as Jamieson struck after 45mins 28secs, thanks to good work by Jokila and Farn.

Late in the game Connor Goode had to go off with a broken ankle after taking a bad knock.

Just as overtime loomed Tom Carlon popped up to make the pass to Green to beat goalie Tom Annetts and seal the late points for Lightning.