LIGHTNING celebrated a double over Swindon Wildcats over the weekend to bring to an end a run of defeats that all but ended their chances of reaching third spot in the English Premier League.
They suffered a 3-1 reverse at rivals Peterborough Phantoms in midweek, but put that behind them with a 3-1 win at Wildcats on Saturday night and an easy 9-4 success against the Wiltshire outfit on home ice on Sunday.
A short benched Wildcats were always second best to Lightning who opening the scoring on just 3mins 9secs as former Swindon man Michael Farn blasted home from the blue line.
Lightning added a powerplay goal at 11mins 46secs while Josef Liska was serving time for cross checking - Blaz Emersic finishing off from Michael Wales’ set up.
Liska gave Wildcats hope when he found the net after a moment of confusion for Lightning after 16mins 11secs.
The two goal gap was restored within just 52secs of the start of the middle period though - while the home side were short handed.
Farn earned his second man of the match award of the weekend with a super goal - intercepting a wayward Swindon pass in the neutral zone and racing away to crash the puck high into the goal.
Gary Clarke then made it 4-1 on 24mins 6secs but Liska and Jonas Hoog broke away with Liska the man netting at 25mins 43secs.
Once more Lightning struck back - after 34mins 2secs - with Andre Smulter the supplier for a well taken Adam Brittle goal.
And goal scorer Brittle turned provider when Smulter took the tally to 6-2 with a high shot 4mins 17secs into the final period and it was the Finn who made it seven on 46mins 48secs.
Leigh Jamieson took his side’s total to eight goals after 52mins 25secs - eight seconds from the end of a hooking penalty on Egid Bauba with Clarke rounding off at 55mins 35secs before two late markers from Swindon.
The first was a Matt Foord blue line blast on 58mins 18secs while Lee Richardson added Wildcats fourth 33seconds later.
The previous evening goals were in shorter supply but it was Lightning who got off the mark first when Adam Carr got the opening goal on the powerplay after just 2mins 30secs. That was the only goal of the first period.
Michael Wales provided Grant McPherson with the chance to extend Lightning’s lead 6mins 26secs into the second session, and Wales got in on the act at 36mins 2secs.
Swindon gave themselves hope when Lee Richardson scored on the powerplay at 45mins 23secs while Jamieson was sitting out for a holding penalty to make it 3-1, but it was just too little too late for them.
At Peterborough on Wednesday last week Lightning again came up against an in form goalkeeper in Stephen Wall when they went down 3-1.
Lightning went a goal behind on 12mins 27secs when James Spurr fired into the top corner.
Lukas Zatopek, Emersic and Clarke had chances to equalise for the visitors before the first interval, but Wall was up to their best efforts and Phantoms led 1-0 at the buzzer.
Penalties on Monir Kalgoum and Jamieson reduced Lightning to just three skaters and gave Phantoms the chance to add to their tally - James Hutchinson setting up Jeff Glowa to register on 32mins 23secs.
Lightning finally found a way past Wall on the powerplay 12 seconds from second break when Smulter shot home but they were unable to add to the score.
But Phantoms sealed the win when Darius Lelenas provided Glowa with the chance to get his second goal at 58mins 37secs.
This weekend Lightning face Sheffield Steeldogs at Planet Ice on Saturday night at 7pm, before a tough trip to second placed Guildford Flames the next day and game at Telford Tigers on Wednesday as they at least look to finish the season in a high.