Lightning’s play-off dream

Adam Carr scores for Lightning
Adam Carr scores for Lightning

Form counts for nothing this weekend as MK Lightning head to Coventry for the English Premier League play-off finals.

After winning 4-2 against Slough Jets at The Hanger on Saturday, the 2-0 defeat in normal time at Planet Ice on Sunday took the game to sudden-death over-time, where Adam Carr scored to send Lightning to the semi-finals in Coventry, sending the Thunderdome into delirium with it.

After sweeping the play-offs for four consecutive years from 2003, Lightning have not made Sunday’s final since 2010 - the same year they claimed the league title.

This year though offers them their best chance of going all the way, as they play Premier League champions Guildford Flames - a team Lightning have a great record against the in play-offs.

Heading to the Skydome as the outsiders for the play-offs hasn’t put the fans off from making the trip to next season’s home-away-from-home on Saturday for the semi final against the Flames.

Tickets sold like hot cakes for the trip to the midlands as the Lightning loyal go to cheer on their side as they bid for a chance of some silverware.

And while some fans will be exploring the rink for the perfect place to view from next season, they might spare a thought for their old home as it closes for some much-needed refurbishment.

The roar heard at Planet Ice eight seconds into over-time will live long in the memories of the players, staff and fans alike, giving them fond memories of home for the next year at least.

>> For more reaction to MK Lightning’s play-off chances, turn to page 59.