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Match Report 7th September: Lightning narrowly edged out by Steeldogs

Lightning may have dropped down a tier to the National Ice Hockey League but the fans have not deserted them with a record crowd of 2,154 for a pre-season challenge game witnessing a thriller that kept them on the edge of their seats. Encounters between Lightning and Steeldogs when the two sides met in the English Premier League were often close run ones. This game proved no different with the lead changing hands on four occasions before the Yorkshire side seemed to have wrapped things up with two goals in as many minutes to take a 6-4 lead. The opening minutes were a cagey affair with both sides seeking out opportunities but not really producing any decisive moves.  It took a piece of bravado from Callum Robertson to open the scoring as he went solo to beat one Sheffield defender and then fire in from close range on 9mins 43secs.  Within two minutes though the scores were level when Cameron Brownley was [...]

2019-09-08T13:50:15+01:00September 8th, 2019|

What a first night!

What a first night that was.  Full match report to follow, but we thought we'd share some things with you this morning.  On the ice, it was a close, physical game which went Sheffield's way after a couple of turnovers.  Our boys matched them for skill and fitness, which is real credit to the group Cliff has pulled together.  The return match tonight will give us another test in our pre-season as we get ready for the league. On the ice, our first goal went to Caly Robertson with some superb skill deking through the defence.  This was a great way to kick things off and a real sign of the brit talent in the team.  We're sure there is plenty more of that to come! You the fans were incredible!  An official attendance of 2154 was as high as I can remember for a long time, and it was a real show of support for the new look team on the ice.  [...]

2019-09-08T11:38:32+01:00September 8th, 2019|

There are just 24 hours to go!

Are you getting excited?  We are!  It's just 24 hours to go until the first puck is dropped for our brand new team.  The rink is looking pretty full, and we're hoping for an awesome atmosphere from you guys - the best fans in hockey!  To make your night as fun as possible, particularly if this if your first visit, here's some key bits of information: The game We're playing Sheffield Steeldogs in a pre-season friendly.  The game is played over 3 x 20 min periods, with a break between each.  There are 5 players plus a goalie on the ice for each side, and you can pretty much change players as much as you want (even while play is running).  The clock stops after each whistle.  the object of the game is to score the puck in the goal.  Simple!  If you break a rule, you might get a penalty, but its a fast pace contact sport so expect some physicality out there. [...]

2019-09-06T18:40:12+01:00September 6th, 2019|

Match Preview – Sheffield Steeldogs 7th September

Opponents: Sheffield Steeldogs Date: Saturday September 7th Key timings: Doors Open 18:00.  Warm-up 18:20.  Face-off 19:00  The long wait is over and it’s all systems go for the new look Milton Keynes Lightning team – and management – as they get the 2019-2020 season under way with a pre-season challenge game against Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday (September 7) at Planet Ice. But while there are many new faces in the Lightning line-up it’s a case of déjà vu for some – not least Head Coach Lewis Clifford and his assistant, Ross Bowers, while Milton Keynes-born Leigh Jamieson is, at 34 years old, one of the veterans of the team. Ben Russell and Ross Green have previously seen service with Lightning while James Griffin and Harry Ferguson are the only returnees from the team that has stepped down from the Elite League to the second tier of British hockey, the newly formed National Ice Hockey League. Also joining the roster for the weekend is 21 [...]

2019-09-06T12:01:12+01:00September 6th, 2019|

Meet Our Matchnight Hosts Jack and Oliver

We've got the coach, the players, the logo, the jerseys.  Our opposition are almost on their way.  But one thing we need to bring you all up to date on is who will be keeping the show on the road on matchnights.  Let us introduce you to our new matchnight Host Jack Dennis, and our Assistant Host Oliver Booth. Please give both Jack and Oliver a warm welcome on Saturday night. It's a daunting prospect for them putting themselves out there in front of the best hockey fans in the UK! Meet Jack Dennis our new matchnight Host.  He has a background in music and performance, and rocked it when he studied these in school and college.  But he’s also one of us.  He’s a Lightning fan, describing himself as having huge love for the team and wants to bring a real fans perspective to the night out.  His thoughts were short and sweet: “I’m very excited to be part [...]

2019-09-05T08:27:13+01:00September 5th, 2019|

Ticketing Update

Hi Everyone!  Thank you all so much for your incredible support over the summer, and an amazing turnout at the Meet the Players event last weekend.  Tickets have been selling really well for Saturday's game and we reckon the atmosphere is going to be immense.  Prior to that, we'd like to share a bit of ticketing info with you: If you've bought your ticket through our online service (for Groups, VIPs, special offers etc) then there is a small backlog in processing these with Planet Ice.  You should receive very soon an email from the Planet Ice Box Office containing your entry tickets which has a barcode which will be scanned to gain you access.  Sometimes this email goes into your Junk or Spam folder so please check there!  If you haven't received this email by noon tomorrow, please give the box office a ring on 01908 540020 and they will be able to sort you out. Season Tickets are still for [...]

2019-09-05T09:43:03+01:00September 5th, 2019|

Some news from the rink

Logo in centre ice: the ice is being lifted and all the painting completed starting on Sunday 8th September.  We've waited until now to avoid the cost of lost income to Planet Ice (think £xx,xxx!) and to have all the materials sourced from around the world and brought into MK TV gantry: this is being built on Thursday 5th September and we will be running test streaming transmissions for the Sheffield and Hull pre-season games Season Tickets: these are available for collection at the rink today, and during the week (let us know when you might pop in by emailing tickets@mk-lightning.co.uk so someone can meet you).  The keen eyed amongst you will notice a small typo in our hashtag on the back....oops - sorry about that!  Anyway, we will be giving out plastic wallets at the first couple of games for your Season Ticket, and we'll look to source something to cover this over Tickets for the Sheffield game on the 7th: these [...]

2019-09-01T13:26:22+01:00September 1st, 2019|

Ross Bowers is our Assistant Coach

Experienced MK Player Ross Bowers to begin the next stage of his hockey career as Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning Assistant Coach He's well known to MK Hockey fans as a player.  Now Ross Bowers is taking the next step in his hockey career, joining Lewis Clifford on the bench as our Assistant Coach.Cliff explains his thinking: "I knew coming into this job that I would need some support with coaching but it had to be the right fit, someone I know I can work with day to day, someone who has opinions that may differ from mine occasionally but with the same desired outcome.  Most importantly they need to be someone who I know is just as driven as I am to help this club succeed on and off the ice.""Not only is Ross one of my close friends, he is also one of, if not THE player with the most senior appearances in a Milton Keynes shirt to his name, he [...]

2019-08-28T21:45:52+01:00August 29th, 2019|

Popular Streaming Service Returns for National League

Ice Hockey fans from all over the Country can continue to catch their favourite home town teams on away trips to Milton Keynes this coming season as Lightning TV returns to stream home games live. Lightning TV, which celebrates it’s 10th birthday in November, proved immensely popular over the last two seasons as games could be viewed on a pay per view basis via the fantastic Infinity21 platform. Infinity21 will once again be providing the platform for the Live Stream and that will be complemented once more with a high speed data link provided by Oakhill Voice Solutions who step up this season to be the major broadcast Partner to Lightning TV. The partnership with the University of Buckingham also continues with the majority of the Lightning TV Crew working with the service whilst enhancing their media exposure and experience as part of their studies at the popular University. Chris Dickens returns as the Commentator on games nights and there will be the occasional [...]

2019-08-23T19:09:33+01:00August 23rd, 2019|

Check out the bling…Jordan’s goalie pads are here

That's exactly what Jordan said when he saw these.  Getting ready for the season, some of our key bits of kit have started to arrive.  None are more visible than the stonkingly cool new leg pads, blocker and catcher for our number 33 Jordan Lawday.  When we saw the design for these, we were so excited to see them for real, and here they are.  We couldn't wait for proper studio photos - just wanted to share these with you asap! Follow Jordan on Instagram @lawday33 Want to see them for real?  Then get your tickets here!

2019-08-18T10:21:50+01:00August 18th, 2019|