Ice hockey: Thunder let lead slip in defeat to Chieftans

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AFTER a fantastic weekend that saw them pick up a win and a draw from their two games, MK Thunder came back down to earth with a 5-2 defeat away to Chelmsford Chieftains on Sunday.

Thunder had drawn with Cardiff ENL Devils and beat Streatham Redskins last weekend, after also giving English National League Division One South high-flyers Chelmsford a good run for their money in early October, only losing 3-2 after a close encounter.

But it was a different story at the Riverside as Chelmsford were clearly the better team on the day, despite Thunder taking a surprise 2-1 lead early in the second period.

Once again Thunder were missing key players through injury and work, but put up a determined display in the opening period to be level at 1-1 by the first break. Dwayne Newman opened the scoring on a powerplay, but Thunder were quickly pegged back when Julius Sinkovic scored the first of his three goals.

The second started well for Thunder and they went 2-1 up courtesy of another powerplay goal this time from Matt Roberts, only for Sinkovic to level the score with another powerplay goal four minutes later.

Chieftains slowly gained control of the game and took the lead before the second break with a Michael Ranby goal to make it 3-2. The second period was cut short as Thunder’s Connor Goode (pictured) suffered a nasty cut to his face, leaving the ice to be cleaned before the final period.

Although Thunder had chances in the last period, Chelmsford dominated and a further two goals from Grant Bartlett and Sinkovic’s hat-trick saw them comfortable 5-2 winners by the end.