Lightning wave goodbye

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Nick Poole has urged Lightning fans to give his side a real Planet Ice send off as they prepare for their final game in Milton Keynes for 12 months.

With plans to rejuvenate the aging rink, Lightning will play next season’s matches in Coventry, meaning their play-off quarter-final second leg game with Slough Jets on Sunday night will be their last in the city until the new arena is finished in 2014.

And with a place in the finals at stake, Poole wants the fans to send their team off in true Lightning style.

“Our fans are so important to us,” he said. “We know they will travel in great numbers to Slough and we hope we can do the business.

“The Lightning fans are noisy and passionate about this team, and it would mean so much to everyone involved in the club to get to Coventry for the play-off finals.

“We aren’t concentrating on the move yet.

“We know it’s all or nothing this weekend.”

After Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Slough Jets - their play-off opponents this weekend - still fresh in the memory, Poole believes the result will spur on his side.

Poole said: “We know they’re a good side and on their day, they can beat us.

“But we also know that we’re a very good team and will be putting our all in to making sure our season doesn’t end this weekend.

“All the guys are desperate to win these games. They’re putting aside the tiredness and the little knocks they’ve picked up this season to make sure we secure a place in Coventry.”