Lascek leaves it late to secure Lightning double

Pic: Jez Tibbetts
Pic: Jez Tibbetts

Lightning bagged a four point weekend with a narrow 3-2 win at Slough Jets on Sunday, thanks to a Stan Lascek powerplay goal two minutes from the end of the game.

It followed a 7-4 victory over Peterborough Phantoms the previous evening at Coventry Skydome, with five goals in 12 second period minutes putting Lightning in charge.

Grant McPherson had put Lightning in front after 4mins 11secs but revenge was swift for Phantoms though as they scored the equaliser 38secs later through Marc Lever.

Phantoms edged in front for the only time in the game 1min 34secs after the start of the second period - James Ferrara broke up the right and fed Erik Piatak who shot to Hedley’s left.

But after Tom Carlon levelled for the home team 27mins 39secs Lightning took control of the remainder of the middle period. Jokila won possession on the left, went behind the net and found a gap beyond goalie Thomas Murdy at 31mins 2secs.

The same player was clean away en route to goal when he was hauled down five minutes later.

Referee Johnny Liptrot swiftly awarded a penalty shot and Jokila himself converted to make it 4-2.

Two more Lighting goals quickly followed - Jamieson blasting home from long range after Michael Farn’s set up on 37mins 23secs and Farn finishing the period with a goal himself just five seconds from the buzzer.

It gave Lightning a 6-2 lead, enough it seemed for a comfortable victory. But it was not to be with Phantoms taking advantage when the home side ran into some penalty problems in the final 10 minutes.

A hooking penalty on Lukas Zatopek gave Phantoms their chance to score on the powerplay at 50mins 54secs - the goal coming when defencemen James Hutchinson fired from long range through a number of players and goalie Jordan Hedley had little chance of saving.

Hutchinson was on the mark again 2mins 18secs from the end - again on the powerplay after Lighting were reduced to three skaters with Lewis Christie and Lascek sin binned for tripping and boarding respectively. Janne Jokila’s involvement had already been ended by a 10 minute misconduct penalty a couple of minutes earlier for something he said to the officials.

Phantoms took off goalie Damien King for the extra skater with seconds to go but it presented former Peterborough player Jordan Cownie with the opportunity to score on the empty net with three seconds to go to give Lightning a 7-4 win.

At The Hangar the next day, Jets went ahead after 6mins 33secs when player coach Slava Koulikov was the provider for Darius Pliskauskas.

Lightning levelled as the third line swung into action - Ross Bowers setting up Connor Goode to score after 11mins 52secs.

But it was Jets who went in at the break in front. Former MK man Michael Wales was the scorer on the powerplay at 19mins 59secs after Lewis Christie had been sin binned for hooking.

The visitors were soon back on terms in the middle period with Carlon and Lascek combining to put Adam Carr away to score at 23mins 24secs.

The second session continued without any further goals and in fact it was not until Lascek’s powerplay decider at 58mins 5secs that there were any more goals.