MK Thunder made hard work of their win against Solent Devils in Gosport on Sunday night, eventually coming away with a 5-4 victory.
Thunder raced to a 4-0 lead by the end of the opening period displaying some of the best hockey they produced in recent weeks.
Mathias Rugholm opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the fourth minute.
Harrison Goode increased the lead mid period before Tom Castle and Connor Goode made sure Thunder were right on top at the first break.
The attitude of home side was completely different in the second period. Devils came out determined to get back into the game and Thunder made it easy for them as they succumbed to taking needless penalties and ended up playing most of the period short handed.
Despite the disadvantage, Thunder’s penalty kill worked well and with Damien King on form between the pipes they restricted Devils to a single goal for all their powerplay efforts. Thunder did well to still hold a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Edward Knaggs restored the four goal lead early in the last period with a sharp shot from the blue line.
But Devils regained their confidence after the shaky start and were making the most of their home ice advantage as they dominated the period and got right back into the game with two more goals.
The home side then pulled their netminder for an extra skater with a minute to go which brought an immediate result as they scored again to make it 5-4 to Thunder.
Thunder withstood the pressure for the remainder and came away with the points, despite making it much harder than necessary.