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Smith Recycling MKL v. Raiders Sunday 26th January Match Preview

Sunday 26th January 2019, Face off 5:15pm, Doors Open 4:30pm Tickets available here Playlist here It's a rare Sunday game at the MK Arena for the Smith Recyling Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend, as we take on Raiders following our trip to Leeds@Coventry on Saturday evening.  The earlier time makes it a great opportunity to bring along younger children so we hope to see you all there.  Afterwards, there's the usual free skating (skate hire £3) and you'll be joined on the ice by the Lightning players who will give you a few skating tips and be there for your selfies and signings.  Should be fun. Lightning will be facing Romford based Raiders as our opponents for the second time in eight days – the final meeting between the two teams in the regular season.  We will be keen for swift revenge after last Sunday’s 6-4 loss at the Sapphire Centre and thus square the series against the Essex team who have proved [...]

2020-01-24T17:28:39+00:00January 24th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Raiders 6 -4 Smith Recycling MKL

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Raiders dealt a blow to Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning’s ambitions of making ground on the teams above them in the National Ice Hockey League as Lewis Clifford’s charges went down 6-4 at Romford’s Sapphire Ice Centre on Sunday. Coupled with Saturday’s overtime loss to Swindon Wildcats it meant that Lightning gleaned just a single point from the weekend and although still in sixth position are level on points with Sheffield Steeldogs who defeated Raiders the previous day. There was a bright start for Lightning when Cale Tanaka set up Tom Carlon to fire them ahead with a shot past goalie Michael Gray after 2mins 29secs. But within seconds Raiders were level – Aaron Connolly being supplied by Brandon Ayliffe for the equaliser at three minutes exactly. A pair of penalties on Liam Stewart and Jack Flynn on 7mins 59secs, for interference and elbows respectively, made no difference to the [...]

2020-01-20T16:05:22+00:00January 20th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Smith Recycling MKL 3 – 4 Swindon

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Sam Bullas drove a bullet into Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning’s hopes of maintaining their home winning run when he struck with an overtime winner at Planet Ice on Saturday. The goal 3mins 18secs into the extra period was all the more hard to take because until 20secs from the end of regulation time Lightning had led the game from the time Russell Cowley had opened the hosts’ account with just over two minutes gone. Among the spectators was former champion boxer Frank Bruno whose foundation announced the sponsorship of Rio Grinell-Parke and performed a ceremonial drop of the puck with both teams captains, Cowley and Bullas. Bruno’s Northampton-based foundation is raising funds for a non-contact boxing centre for youngsters with mental health problems – the boxer having suffered in the past. And after watching two periods of the game Bruno confessed he would rather fight Mike Tyson any day: [...]

2020-01-20T15:51:53+00:00January 20th, 2020|

Frank Bruno Foundation to sponsor Rio Grinell-Parke

We are thrilled to reveal that the Frank Bruno Foundation is the new sponsor of Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning #71 Rio Grinell-Parke.  We will be joined at this weekend's game vs. Swindon Wildcats by Frank Bruno MBE, who will perform a ceremonial puck-drop before the game, as well as drawing the 50/50 ticket during the second period interval. The Frank Bruno Foundation is a direct result of Frank wanting to give something back to the community. Frank has faced challenges both in and out of the ring and has always done so with determination, dignity, humour and humility. The Frank Bruno Foundation is currently fundraising to open a centre that will provide a base for structured non-contact boxing sessions and well-being programmes for any one over the age of 10 years old; who are experiencing problems with mental ill health, The Round by Round programme will consist of 12 weekly sessions of wellbeing and non-contact boxing. The centre will be open 5 days [...]

2020-01-16T18:28:43+00:00January 16th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Sheffield 5 -4 Smith Recycling MKL (after Penalty Shots)

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning suffered slight blip in their recent resurgence when they went down 5-4 on penalty shots at Sheffield Steeldogs on Sunday. It meant that Lightning finished the weekend with three out of a possible four points. A few weeks ago that would have been regarded with delight but following the recent turn around in results which has produced 26 points out of 30 it could wrongly be regarded as a setback. At IceSheffield they fell behind to a Ryan Johnson opener for Steeldogs after 7mins 41secs – the assist going to player coach Ben Morgan - and then conceded again to a Jan Danecek goal after 8mins 58secs with Craig Elliott providing the supply. Lightning were unable to find a way back into the game when Lewis Bell was called for holding in the 14th minute, but after the penalty expired Lewis Christie set up Cale [...]

2020-01-14T19:19:02+00:00January 14th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Smith Recycling MKL 4 – 3 Sheffield

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Sheffield Steeldogs' reported attempts to close down sharp shooter Liam Stewart worked well for all of 2mins 4secs as Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning closed the gap on the teams above them in the National Ice Hockey League at Planet Ice on Saturday. To a player of Stewart's calibre Steeldogs' bid to stop him would have proved to a challenge to rise to. And it took him a mere couple of minutes to fire cheeky backhand shot past Dimitri Zimozdra after being set up by Ross Green. Then to emphasise a point Stewart then scored the game winning goal to make it 4-3 seconds after Sheffield had tied the game up with just over six minutes remaining. Combined with defeat for Hull Pirates it meant that Lightning moved into fifth spot in the table with Basingstoke Bison and Peterborough Phantoms now clearly within sight. Following 'Disco' Stewart's opener the hosts [...]

2020-01-14T19:11:24+00:00January 14th, 2020|

Important Information: Fixture Changes

Following on from the postponement of the Hull away game earlier this year due to rink issues, we have rescheduled the fixture.  This has unfortunately required us to make a couple of changes - apologies for any inconvenience.  The changes are as follows: Hull Pirates vs. MK Lightning (previously postponed) will now take place on Saturday 8th February in Hull MK Lightning vs. Basingstoke (previously scheduled for Saturday 8th February) will now take place on Sunday 23rd February, face-off 17:15 This means there will be no home MK Lightning game on 8th/9th February (we will be away at Hull and Telford), and a double home fixture on 22nd/23rd February (we will be home to Hull and Basingstoke). General admission tickets are not yet on sale.  If you've booked in VIP or Bench with the Lightning we will be in touch to discuss with you. Hopefully this is all clear!  The fixture list at mk-lightning.co.uk/fixtures has been updated (please note the downloadable calendar will not [...]

2020-01-14T16:33:15+00:00January 14th, 2020|

Smith Recycling MKL v. Sheffield 11th January Match Preview

Saturday 11th January 2019, Face off 7pm, Doors Open 6pm Tickets available here Supporters club have a great range of activity including 50/50, Shirt of His Back, Ollie's Grid, Chuck a Duck and merchandise. Match preview Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have a real chance to put daylight between themselves and Sheffield Steeldogs when the two sides meet in back to back encounters this weekend. The battle begins at Planet Ice on Saturday when Steeldogs visit the city for the penultimate time in the regular season. In-form Lightning and the steel city outfit go into the game level on points at 33 each but with MK a place ahead of their rivals due to the slightly better head-to-head results record. Steeldogs won the first two games of the season against Lewis Clifford’s men 6-4 and 5-0 but the past three matches have seen Lightning run out winners by 3-1, 5-2 and 4-3 margins. If MK can maintain the form that has earned the side [...]

2020-01-10T17:59:37+00:00January 10th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Bracknell Bees 4 -5 Smith Recycling MKL

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning recorded their ninth win in the past 11 games when they saw off a late Bracknell Bees challenge on Sunday to chalk up a 5-4 success. In a closely fought encounter both teams traded goals at The Hive until Lightning finally broke Bees resolve in the third period with two strikes to edge to a 5-3 scoreline. But there was an almost immediate response from the hosts as Harvey Stead banged in a fourth goal to cut the gap the one with less than four minutes remaining. It means that the league series between MK and Bees ends with honours even – the Berkshire outfit winning the first two meetings and Lewis Clifford’s team the second two as they consolidated their sixth position in the National Ice Hockey League. Bees opened their account on the powerplay as the result of a hooking call on Grant [...]

2020-01-09T08:44:03+00:00January 9th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Smith Recycling MKL 9 – 4 Hull Pirates

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Six second period goals – three of them in a blistering two minutes – put Hull Pirates to the sword as Smith Milton Keynes Lightning equalled their biggest winning margin in a 9-4 victory at Planet Ice on Saturday. The win lifted Lightning up one place to sixth in the table – level on points with Sheffield Steeldogs, next weekend’s opposition, who slipped to seventh. Having beaten four of the top five clubs in recent weeks some will not only be tipping MK for a place in the final four play-off weekend at Coventry in April but for the team to go all the way and win it. The only side they have not beaten since the beginning of December are second placed Swindon Wildcats – mainly because the two outfits have not met in that period! Lightning had to overcome a 2-1 deficit in a particularly fractious first period [...]

2020-01-05T12:11:20+00:00January 5th, 2020|