Thunder’s home win goes down a storm

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It was a weekend of extreme high and lows for Thunder who suffered a heavy defeat against Wightlink Raiders on Saturday before bouncing back to shock Cardiff Devils the following day.

Saturday saw the city side make the long trip to the Isle of Wight to face a rampant Raiders team who cruised to a 11-1 home win.

But Thunder responded well to that loss by claiming two very welcome Division One South points at home to Cardiff in a thrilling 4-3 win on Sunday.

Thunder were over run by the speed and accuracy of Raiders and only had a goal from Max Petruks to show for their long trip south.

However, it seemed like a different Thunder team that took the ice in Milton Keynes on Sunday. Back to almost full strength for the first time in several months, they dominated the opening exchanges and raced into a two-goal lead.

Greg Randall opened the scoring as he calmly slotted home an accurate pass from Harrison Goode and Petruks added the second just before the first period buzzer.

Thunder continued with the same forceful hockey at the start of the second, and despite the Devils gradually gaining a foothold, the next goal arrived from Thunder’s Matt Roberts at 33m 36s.

Devils eventually got on the scoresheet in the final minute of the second after a wayward pass allowed Sean Scarborough to beat Jordan Hedley in the Thunder goal.

The visitors’ comeback was shortlived however, as just 30 seconds later Jamie Randall broke through and fired home for 4-1.

Devils hit back with two goals in the final period, but Hedley stood firm and the home side had a great win to celebrate. They could even afford to miss a penalty shot two minutes from time.

Thunder must now take that positivity into Sunday’s home game against Wightlink Raiders, face-off 6:30pm.