Nick Poole says his Lightning side’s second period display against Guildford Flames on Sunday was their poorest showing of the season.
Lightning shipped seven goals in a nightmare eight minutes in Surrey – having held a 1-0 lead over the English Premier League leaders at the end of the first period.
Despite calling a time out, and replacing goalie Stephen Wall with Alex Mettam after the fifth goal, there was just no stopping the onslaught as the city side suffered their biggest defeat since 2010.
After no further scoring in the third period, the loss was hard to take for Lightning who were impressive in their 4-3 home win over Peterborough Phantoms 24 hour earlier.
A dramatic goal with 33.8 seconds remaining by captain Adam Carr snatched victory for Lightning against their old rivals at Planet Ice, but once again Poole’s men failed to make it a four-point weekend.
Lightning won at Guildford as recently as early February, but this time they were taught a lesson, according to Poole.
He said: “Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. We didn’t play too well in the first period and didn’t deserve the lead really.
“We tried to steady the ship but it just didn’t happen. We were taught a lesson by a very good team on the night. We’re too inconsistent and it’s hard to put your finger on why.”
Lightning had to hit back from 2-0 behind to seize the win against Peterborough, in a game which did not really spark into life until the third period.
There was little to choose between the teams in the first period, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock twice and Lightning couldn’t reply until late in the second when Carr fired home.
The hosts’ stepped up the gas in the third period, with Grant McPherson scrambling the puck in. And just a minute later Leigh Jamieson put the home team in front at 3-2.
Phantoms drew level with seven minutes of the game to play, but overtime would be avoided as Carr won the puck on the edge of the neutral zone and was able to speed away to score with the clock showing 33.8secs remaining – sealing a memorable win for the home fans.
“We talked about scoring the first goal on Saturday, so to go two goals down was a big blow,” said Poole.
“But I thought we showed great character to get back in the game. It was a really hard fought win, but we deserved it on the night.”
After Wednesday night’s game at Sheffield Steeldogs, Lightning welcome Swindon Wildcats to town on Saturday and then travel to Phantoms the next day as their push for third place continues.
“It’s hard to look past one game at a time,” added Poole. “We’ve got a few guys playing with injuries right now, but we’re looking for better.”