FOUR goals from Max Petruks and a brace from Greg Randall helped MK Thunder score their first English National League Division One South win of this season.
After a disappointing start to the campaign which saw Thunder lose their opening three games, they eventually got going to beat newly promoted Solent & Gosport Devils 8-3 on Sunday.
However, it was Devils who got on the scoreboard first as Thunder made a shaky start, with Kent Johnson opening the scoring for the visitors in the 14th minute.
Petruks levelled just before the first break when he slotted the puck high into the top corner to finish a neat move involving Greg Randall.
The second period was all Thunder as they piled on the pressure and dominated the Devil’s defence, with three unanswered goals giving the hosts a 4-1 lead going into the final period as Petruks scored twice to complete his hat-trick after Connor Goode added the third.
Devils, obviously shaken into life by a poor second period, came out flying in the third and pulled two goals back within four minutes to make it 4-3, Kevin Tanner and George Norcliffe the scorers.
But the visitors’ hopes of a comeback were to be short-lived. A powerplay goal from Randall and a Tom Mboya strike restored Thunder’s a two-goal advantage within five minutes, and Randall added his second of the night and Thunder’s seventh with eight minutes to go.
Petruks, pictured celebrating above, then rounded off the scoring with four minutes of the game left, with his fourth of the night to give Thunder a well deserved win.