Lightning were in no mood to show any Christmas generosity as they refused to take pity on Slough Jets in a 7-1 demolition job at Coventry Skydome on Saturday.
Jets had no fewer than nine team changes when compared with the last time the two sides met on Lightning’s home ice at the beginning of November.
Jets were in total disarray in the first period – probably because they were unsure about who their team-mates were – but Lightning were in mood for sympathy.
Even Jets fans were confused about the names of their players and had to check who they were with game officials. The situation wasn’t helped by the fact that the new players were wearing the departed players’ shirts – an indication perhaps of Jets’ financial straits.
Lightning opened the scoring after 5mins 32secs when Janne Jokila fired home from Blaz Emersic’s pass.
Jets had no time to recover before netminder Daniel Milton was picking the puck out of the goal again as Grant McPherson set up Ross Bowers to shoot in from the left 13 seconds after the first goal.
Michael Farn was the provider for goal number three after 8mins 29secs – his pass from the left gave Jokila the simplest of chances to turn in at the far post.=
Lightning showed no mercy after Ales Padelek was penalised for hooking in the 12th minute. Less than a minute had elapsed of the powerplay before Carlon slipped the puck in from close range at 13mins 27secs.
Back at full strength Jets were no better – leaving huge gaps at the back which Lightning were able to exploit again when Carlon was given free reign to fire home from an almost impossible angle on the left after 16mins 35secs.
A rare lapse of concentration by Lightning allowed Brandon Miles too much space to score what proved to Jets’ consolation goal after 17mins 39secs.
The second period, by contrast, proved to be goalless with Jets tightening things up in defence while offering precious little up front – a situation not helped by the fact that former Lightning forward stalwart Matt Towalski was having to play defence because of the lack of experienced players in that slot.
Home fans were still expecting more from their team in the third session – and they got their wishes when Adam Carr put Leigh Jamieson away to score with a low shot from distance on 50mins 30secs.
Once again there was a double bullet in the gun as Emersic made it 7-1 against his former side 13 seconds afterwards to seal the 7-1 result.
Lightning made a second raid on Jets 24 hours later running out 7-4 winners.
Although Jets struck first through Padelek after 2mins 28secs it was the visitors who led at the first break thanks to two goals by Carlon on 6mins 44secs and 17mins 32secs.
Lightning added two more to take control in the second period with Emersic on the mark 58secs after the restart and Farn at 21mins 54secs.
There was a brief response from the hosts – Padelek scoring again after 28mins 34secs and Tvrdek at 34mins 50secs to give them hope at the second interval.
But Lightning struck three goals in the final session to round off the win. Grant McPherson made it 5-3 on 44m,ins 26secs while Lascek got in on the act at 48mins 33secs and Lukas Zatopek scored his first goal of the season on 52mins 12secs. Slough’s only response was an Andrius Kaminskas goal after 53mins 13secs.