Thunder book play-off date with champions

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MK Thunder look set to meet Chelmsford Chieftains in the Division One South play-off quarter finals after another tough weekend.

Thunder were beaten 9-3 at home by Romford Raiders on Saturday before losing 5-0 at Streatham Redskins the following day.

However, Thunder will still make the play-offs for finishing in eighth place in the table and are set to take on Chelmsford, who should be confirmed as champions this weekend.

Those play-off matches are scheduled for April 6 and 7, but before then Thunder have their regular season to complete and will welcome Streatham to Milton Keynes this Sunday.

Big spending Romford arrived in town on Saturday looking to keep their slim hopes of retaining the title alive. The Essex outfit are well known for their often very physical style of play – a style that helped them win the league last year.

Thunder were without Connor Goode who was in the Lightning squad to take on Basingstoke Bison, plus defencemen Simon Howard and Jake Florey. And their absence was noticed as the visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside seven minutes.

Thunder hit back with a goal from Tom Mboya on a powerplay as he slotted in a Matt Roberts pass, and the hosts continued to create a few good opportunities.

With three minutes of the first period to play, Max Petruks broke free and was brought down from behind as he raced through on goal. But he picked himself up to score the resulting penalty shot to make it 2-2.

But Raiders took the lead again just before the buzzer, and turned up the pressure in the second half to take a 5-2 lead into the final period.

And the one-way traffic continued in the final period, although Thunder did grab a late consolation goal from Harrison Goode.

Sunday’s trip to Brixton then brought another defeat as Thunder this time failed to trouble the scores.

But it wasn’t for the want of trying as Streatham goalie Will Sanderson was the clear man of the match, saving no less than 44 Thunder shots at him on a frustrating night for the city side.