Lightning gained quick revenge on Sheffield Steeldogs for the 4-2 defeat ten days earlier at iceSheffield when they ran out 5-2 out victors at Coventry Skydome on Saturday.
It was Lightning’s only game of the weekend – the team having a much needed break on Sunday – and ended a run of five English Premier League games without a win.
Leigh Jamieson got the hosts off to a glorious start with one of the fastest goals of the season – scoring after just 12 seconds after being put clear by Michael Farn’s superb pass from the neutral zone. Jamieson shook off his Sheffield pursuant and then went round goalie Dalibor Sedlar to put the puck away.
It was not long before the penalty box doors were being opened for Tom Carlon and Lee Haywood – at just 1min 5secs in fact. Both went for roughing with the Steeldogs being given an extra two minutes which was sat by player coach Andre Payette.
Payette made three visits to the sin bin in the first 10 minutes of the game – for slashing and a high stick – before he realised his antics were amusing no one.
It was the teams were five on five though that the next score came as Lubimor Korhon found Lee Haywood to defeat goalie Stephen Wall after 17mins 45secs.
As the buzzer sounded for the end of the first period the crowd were delayed from leaving their seats for some interval refreshment with some unscripted entertainment on the ice – Jamieson and Callum Pattison dropping the gloves for a minor skirmish which earned them two minutes in the cooler at the start of the second session.
Sheffield took the lead on 24mins 38secs as Greg Chambers made the pass for Greg Wood to beat goalie Stephen Wall.
Back came Lightning though with two strikes in less than 30 seconds to seize hold of the game again. Sedlar was caught totally off guard as Ross Bowers intercepted a Steeldogs play in their defensive zone and equalised on 29mins 22secs.
Sedlar was beaten again seconds later – unfortunately Stan Lascek’s shot hit the metalwork and bounced away to safety.
The Slovakian made no such mistake seconds after that when his blast went over Sedlar and into the top right corner at 29mins 49secs.
It was Lascek who nearly made it 4-2 within the first minute or so of the final period – again only the pipework denied him.
At the other end Chambers was thwarted by Wall from long range a couple of minutes later.
Jamieson went close on a 47th minute break away - only to see his effort blocked by Sedlar.
It was not until Lukas Zatopek was penalised for holding in the 55th minute that there was any further score. However it was not the visitors but Lightning who found the net with Lewis Christie feeding Tom Carlon to go solo and fire home - albeit off the goalie at 57mins 2secs for a shorthanded score.
As Ben Russell and Steeldogs’ Craig Elliott were sin binned for roughing with just over a minute to go Sheffield withdrew Sedlar for the extra skater.
It was a move that back fired when Farn found Lascek on the boards and he was able to complete the tally on the empty net with 45secs remaining.