Lightning completed their first series victory against bitter English Premier League rivals Peterborough Phantoms in back to back games at the weekend.
MK have won all six league games against the Cambridgeshire outfit who have spent most of the season languishing in the bottom two of the table.
Both clubs were formed in 2002 but never before has either club completed the season with a 100 per cent record against the other.
Lightning left things late at Coventry Skydome before they chalked up a 3-1 win – the last goal an empty net affair by Leigh Jamieson at 59mins 30secs after Phantoms withdrew goalie Damien King for the extra skater.
In fact Lightning’s second goal didn’t come until 55mins 51secs after King had been penalised for pushing his net off its moorings – Jamieson the provider for Stan Lascek to score
The next day Lightning tied things up a little earlier with a 49th minute strike to make it 4-1. Phantoms quickly cut the gap but once again the withdrawal of King proved to be Phantoms’ undoing as Janne Jokila fired into the unguarded net at 58mins 33secs.
Adam Carr and Grant McPherson were absent for both games, meaning Lightning were short of forwards and could not ice three full lines. So there was continuing changing of the line combinations.
There were no goals during the opening session at Coventry and it took just 39 seconds before the first penalty when Tom Carlon was given two minutes for slashing Phantoms were unable to take advantage though as it was the hosts’ Jokila went nearest to scoring.
Lightning started to up their game as the period progressed but then they were caught out on an icing infringement. Phantoms seemed to be content to Lightning boss the play while they had thee extra man and both Jamieson and Lascek had efforts on goal.
The first goal came after several minutes of Lightning pressure which saw Michael Farn have a shot stopped shortly before Lascek’s blast went directly to King.
At the other end the best of Phantoms’ shots saw Declan Balmer denied by the crossbar and James Ferrara failed to beat Jordan Hedley.
A great slapshot from Ross Green seemed certain to hit the back of the net and when Lascek got a touch to it King had no chance at 26mins 49secs.
A mess up in Lightning’s defence allowed Will Weldon and Hook chance to advance on the goal - Weldon finishing off after 36mins 54secs.
An early third period penalty on Lukas Zatopek came and went with Lightning’s penalty kill unit intact and Phantoms failed to make the most of penalties on Lewis Christie and Carlon.
As Peterborough’s lack of firepower let them down they could hardly complain as Lightning secured the points in the dying minutes.
The following day at Peterborough the visitors held firm during an early penalty for too many men but couldn’t register when they were afforded the extra man as Marc Levers was sin binned for boarding.
It was Peterborough who edged ahead on 7mins 17secs when James Ferrara supplied Erik Piatak to beat Hedley.
But the lead didn’t last long with Jamieson making the pass for Emersic to fire home less than a minute later at 8mins 8secs.
That’s the way the score remained at the first break despite Lightning having two more powerplays – Darius Pliskauskas being called for tripping and Will Weldon for interference.
Four minutes 40secs into the second period Jokila set up Zatopek for what was only his second goal of the season – giving Lightning the lead.
That was followed by a clash between Ross Bowers and Marcel Petran – both earning four minutes in the sin bin – Bowers for roughing and slashing and his opponent for roughing and interference.
The lead was stretched to 3-1 on 35mins 49secs with Jamieson assisted goal from defenceman Farn, less than a minute before Peterborough’s Petran received a ten minute misconduct penalty.
MK survived two early penalties on Zatopek as the third period got underway – the first for delaying the game and the second for tripping.
They then widened the gap further with Carlon on the mark – thanks to an assist from Bowers - after 49mins 22secs.
Peterborough hit back with a Levers strike at 50mins 31secs – prompting an immediate Lightning timeout.
King was withdrawn from the Phantoms net after a timeout by the home side with less than two minutes remaining – and that let Jokila in for an empty net strike on 58mins 33secs to ensure a 5-2 win for the visitors.