MK Thunder made it four wins in a row on Saturday night with a 5-2 win over Solent Devils at the Thunderdome.
After racking up the goals in their first home game, the expectancy was for Thunder to continue that momentum against the south coast team but Solent are a much stronger team than last season and Thunder struggled to replicate the form of two weeks ago.
After a cagey opening ten minutes of below average quality, it was the visitors that eventually broke the stalemate and opened the scoring.
Devils lead lasted just one minute, as Jamie Randall equalised with a powerplay goal at 11:32.
Solent then had probably their best period of the game and Thunder had netminder Damien King to thank for keeping them level up to the first break.
The second period lacked any real cutting edge from either team, Thunder shuffled their lines in a bid to get their game going.
But nothing appeared to be working until late in the period when young Ryan Coffey got possession of the puck in the opposition zone with space to move, he cut across in front of Cole in the Devils net and quickly slotted the puck back across and above Coles shoulder into the roof of the net to give Thunder the lead going into the final period.
Thunder then hit penalty trouble, and seven minutes into the third period they found themselves two players down and defending a 5 on 3 Devils powerplay.
Despite some desperate defending it only took the visitors a minute of the powerplay to work their way past and level the score at 2-2.
They left it late, but eventually Thunder switched on as a team and for the last ten minutes of the game played the sort of hockey that has made them a revelation to the rest of the league this season.
Piotr Poziomkowski scored at 52 minutes assisted by the ever impressive Thunder captain Jamie Line.
Even when facing another Devils powerplay, Thunder managed to increase their lead.
Jamie Line intercepted an opposition pass in his own zone and raced off down the ice.
With his speed, the Devil’s defence couldn’t catch him and with only their netminder to beat, Line calmly finished to make it 4-2.
Poziomkowksi wrapped up the scoring in the final minute of the game with his second of the night to give Thunder an anything but comfortable 5-2 win which takes them up to third place in the league on Saturday night, two points off top spot.