Tigers tamed as Lightning gather pace

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WATCH your backs Slough Jets and Basingstoke Bison - because we’re coming after you. That was the message from MK Lightning following three more wins in a week.

The results leave Lightning level on points with Jets in fifth place in the English Premier League having played two games less and four points behind Bison with three in hand on them.

Lightning just about came out on top in an 11-goal thriller at Bracknell Bees on Thursday - Leigh Jamieson bagging the game deciding goal just 44 seconds from the end of overtime to make it 6-5.

There were no such worries for Lightning on Saturday as anchor team Telford Tigers were sent back to Shropshire with a 7-1 loss ringing in their ears - Tigers were never in the contest after Lightning raced to a 4-0 lead by the first break.

The following day Telford did at least make more of a fight of it in the return game on their home ice after taking an early lead and somehow clinging onto it until the final moments. Then the Lightning juggernaut moved into action to clinch a 3-1 victory.

On Saturday Jamieson was on the mark first to start the rout of Telford with a goal at 6m 23s. The hosts’ lead was doubled with Blaz Emersic scoring from Adam Brittle’s pass at 12m 8s before Gary Clarke got the third on 15m 20s and Emersic the fourth with 3m 16s left on the period.

Tigers kept Lightning at bay in the second session - the highlight of which was some fisticuffs between Grant McPherson and Mike Jones.

Telford needed an early goal in the third session but found themselves 5-0 down when Poole set up Adam Carr at 49mins 6secs. Carr then supplied the next two goals - Lewis Christie and Clarke on target at 54m 32s and 57m 15s. Tigers finally got on the scoresheet as Andy McKinney registered at 57m 58s.

The following night Telford shocked Lightning by taking an early lead on the powerplay after Jamieson was penalised for tripping - Josh Bruce finishing off at 4m 14s.

Tigers then held on to the slender advantage for three quarters of the game before Nick Poole finally supplied Clarke for the equaliser with just 6m 47s remaining.

That signalled the end of Tigers with Brittle banging in number two at 56m 4s thanks to a powerplay chance while Emersic rounded off the tally with 54 seconds left.

Lightning face a battle on Saturday when table topping Manchester Phoenix come to town for a 7pm start at Planet Ice. On Sunday, by contrast, the city side should be able comfortably see off Sheffield Steeldogs, face-off 5.30pm at Ice Sheffield.