Lightning prove Steeldogs’ bark is worse than their bite

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MK LIGHTNING’S Kammy-Carrsy line struck twice to gun down Sheffield Steeldogs in a 4-2 win at Planet Ice on Saturday night.

And Steeldogs could have no complaints as they again threatened to wreck the sport of ice hockey with their cheap shot version of the game.

From the first buzzer, under the encouragement of their player-coach Andre Payette, they set out to niggle and provoke the hosts into retaliatory action, while offering precious little in terms of skill.

Fortunately, for the most part, referee Roman Szucs was having none of their antics and indeed called the first penalty on Steeldogs’ Craig Elliott for a high stick after only 59 seconds.

Before the five minute mark, team-mate Steve Duncombe had followed him into the sin bin for slashing Kamil Tvrdek on the hand. But that powerplay did not go the full distance with Chris Wiggins also penalised for slashing 1min 20secs later.

Lightning were unable to take advantage of the powerplays and were punished for their ineffectiveness when Payette fed Edgars Bebris for a fierce shot from distance which eluded goalie Alex Mettam to give Steeldogs the lead on 13mins 8secs.

A couple of minutes later Lightning were a man down after a too many men on the ice call when Tvrdek found a way through and got a shot away, only to see it saved.

Wiggins’ patience snapped late in the period after Lewis Bell slashed him – the Lightning man hitting back with his elbows. Mr Szucs saw both offences though, so the two were sin binned.

The second session was only 2mins 41secs old when Elliott was caught hooking, and seconds later Duncombe was back in the penalty box again – this time earning a 10 minute misconduct spell as well as two minutes for delaying the game.

The five-on-three powerplay gave the hosts the chance to equalise with Leigh Jamieson the provider for what was a scrappy goal by Blaz Emersic at 23mins 54secs.

Sheffield called an usually early time out with just over five minutes of the second period remaining – it did not have the desired effect though as Lightning were able to go in front on a powerplay resulting from a cross-checking penalty on Stuart Brittle.

Adam Carr’s initial shot was saved but rebounded to the waiting Jamieson who finished off at 35mins 50secs.

Steeldogs hit back one more time while Lightning were down one man after a too many men on the ice penalty early in the third session – Duncombe redeeming himself with a blue line blast which eluded Mettam at 44min 3secs.

Parity did not last long though as Lightning responded while shorthanded with Wiggins in the sin bin. Carr put Tvrdek away down the right and he went solo to shoot high into the goal on 45mins 30secs.

If that goal was spectacular, then Tvrdek’s second was also something special – again he was set up by Carr, this time from behind the net. Tvrdek smashed the puck into the top corner of the goal to seal victory for Lightning.

Steeldogs took off goalie James Flavell for the extra skater with 49 seconds remaining, but then Payette ruined his side’s chances by roughing Nick Poole and finishing the game in the penalty box.

Lightning’s encounter the following day also ended 4-2, but unfortunately Bracknell Bees were the victors at The Hive.

In a penalty filled game, Bees had a man advantage within the first two minutes when Lewis Christie was penalised for hooking. Lightning’s penalty kill unit remained solid however.

A penalty on Jamieson swung the clash in Lightning’s favour – as he came out of the sin bin he took possession of a Lukas Zatopek clearance and shot past goalie Tom Annetts to put his side in front on 10mins 6secs.

Bracknell levelled things though while Jamieson was sitting out a two minutes plus 10 minute penalty for checking from behind midway through the game. Marcel Petran was the provider for Lukas Smital to score on the powerplay at 31mins 30secs.

Lightning were then stunned with two more goals in the following 63secs with Shaun Thompson getting the assist on Jan Bendik’s goal at 31mins 51secs, before Rob Lamey made the pass for Petran to make it 3-1 at 32mins 33secs.

The visitors got off to the best possible start in the third period when Jamieson and Tvrdek combined to set up Carr on 42mins 42secs.

As the clocked ticked down, Lightning called a timeout and withdrew Mettam in favour of the extra skater, only for Lamey to net with 11secs remaining while Bees were short handed.

Lightning’s latest win one, lose one weekend keeps them fourth in the English Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Telford Tigers and Sundya’s trip to Swindon Wildcats.