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Smith Recycling MKL v. Hull 4th January Match Preview

Saturday 4th 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 Hull Pirates make a return to Planet Ice on Saturday with Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning eager to make up ground on the National Ice Hockey League’s fifth placed team. MKL are on a sparkling run of form having taken 19 points from a possible 22, and convincingly turned over Peterborough on New Years Day following a strong win at league leaders Telford a few days earlier.  Confidence and momentum is strong in the MK camp right now which is great to see.  Confirmed as missing for the game is Sam Russell who is away on international duty with Great Britain.  Any other injuries are short term so could return for this weekend. Lightning are three points behind Pirates and so cannot overtake them on Saturday but another [...]

2020-01-03T18:28:59+00:00January 3rd, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Peterborough Phantoms 3 – 6 Smith Recycling MKL

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers An excellent display in the latter half of the game saw Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning come from two goals behind to convincingly beat Peterborough Phantoms 6-3 at Bretton on New Year’s Day.  Three third period goals by an increasingly confident Lightning saw off their old foes and helped to dismiss the memory of the disappointing overtime loss in Milton Keynes the previous Saturday.  It kept Lightning on course to march up the National Ice Hockey League – having taken 19 points out of a possible 22 in their last 11 games. That is form that even league leaders Telford Tigers cannot match. The visitors suffered an early blow when Petr Stepanek, who failed to score against MK the previous Saturday, put that right with a goal after just 1min 7secs with the supply coming from Corey McEwen, son of former Peterborough and Cardiff Devils legend, Doug McEwen.  McEwen was [...]

2020-01-03T10:35:37+00:00January 3rd, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Smith Recycling MKL 6 – 7 Peterborough Phantoms (After OT)

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning’s four game winning run was ended by old rivals Peterborough Phantoms in dramatic style at Planet Ice on  Saturday with an overtime winner 19.5 seconds from the final buzzer. Absolutely no one in the crowd of 2,245 could have had any grounds for complaint about entertainment value even though the goal by Callum Buglass to seal a 7-6 win for the visitors was a disappointing conclusion for home fans. The game was one of the best seen in Milton Keynes in many a year with an encounter which had everything – passion, commitment and plenty of heart-stopping moments for a noisy crowd boosted by a large travelling contingent. While it is true to say that Lightning were always chasing the game from the moment Bradley Bowering put Phantoms in front on the powerplay after 6mins 46secs it was a match-up which could have gone either [...]

2019-12-29T09:57:13+00:00December 29th, 2019|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Smith Recycling MKL 5 – 3 Basingstoke Bison

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Resilient Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning saw off a second period Basingstoke Bison fightback to continue to edge up the National Ice Hockey League with a 5-3 victory at Planet Ice on Saturday delighting Lightning fans who saw their team record their sixth win in seven games. The result lifted MK up into seventh spot in the league table above Bracknell Bees – and perhaps more importantly –within sight of a bunch of mid-table teams. That was despite Lightning playing with a short-bench – Tom Carlon, Sam Russell, Hallden Barnes-Garner and Lewis Christie all absent. The 1368 crowd didn’t have to wait long to see Lightning open the scoring on the powerplay after Bison’s Adam Harding was penalised for slashing. Set up by Leigh Jamieson he blasted through goalie Alex Mettam’s five hole to put the home side in front on 7mins 30secs. Jamieson then stopped Bison’s Czech forward Richard [...]

2019-12-22T13:43:12+00:00December 22nd, 2019|

Christmas Special! MKL v. Basingstoke 21st December Match Preview

Saturday 21st December 2019, Face off 7pm, Doors Open 6pm DJ Bertie's Playlist Tickets Supporters club have a great range of activity including 50/50, Shirt of His Back, Ollie's Grid, Chuck a Duck and merchandise for last-minute Christmas gifts!  We have some brand new Team Photo posters for sale too, so check them out. Match preview Basingstoke Bison make their first visit of the season to Planet Ice to face one of the in-form teams in the National Ice Hockey League, Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning. Lightning’s form over the past six games is only matched by league leaders Telford Tigers. Both have won five out of their last six encounters – Telford’s only loss was to…Lightning! By way of contrast Bison’s results have stuttered in recent weeks – last weekend they went down twice to bottom placed side, Leeds Chiefs home and away. Both games were played at Basingstoke because Leeds are still awaiting the opening of their new Elland Road rink. Bison [...]

2019-12-20T17:23:45+00:00December 20th, 2019|

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

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning made it four wins from five games after they saw off a Sheffield Steeldogs fightback to hold on for a 4-3 win at iceSheffield on Sunday. The win ensured that Lightning continued to make up ground on Bracknell Bees who lost twice at the weekend, as well as Steeldogs who fell to MK for the second time in as many games. And with Raiders unable to repeat their shock win over Hull on Saturday it meant that Lightning moved up into eighth spot, two points ahead of the Romford side. Lightning struck twice within 15 seconds to stun Steeldogs who had seen a third minute effort from a breakaway hit a post before Liam Stewart tested goalie Dimitri Zimozdra ahead of Cale Tanaka trying to set up Tomas Kana for a shot which was deflected into the netting. Tanaka and Kana combined again shortly after [...]

2019-12-18T11:39:17+00:00December 18th, 2019|

MK Lightning players spread Christmas cheer to children at Milton Keynes University Hospital

Players from ice hockey team Milton Keynes Lightning paid a visit to patients on the children’s wards at Milton Keynes University Hospital today. The visit, which was organised by Milton Keynes Hospital Charity, welcomed players to the ward to give out Christmas gifts and spread festive cheer to local families. Lewis Clifford, Head Coach and General Manager at Milton Keynes Lightning, said: “The players were delighted to visit the children’s wards today to give out presents. The gifts, which have been generously donated by our fans from our annual Air the Bear, will hopefully brighten up their stay.” Jenny Howells, Senior Fundraiser at Milton Keynes Hospital Charity, added: “It was wonderful to invite the Milton Keynes Lightning players in to visit the children today, the smiles and excitement on the ward was brilliant – thank you so much to the players and supporting team for giving up their time to come and visit us.” Should people wish to support Milton Keynes Hospital Charity [...]

2019-12-18T11:35:04+00:00December 16th, 2019|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Smith Recycling MKL 5 – 2 Sheffield Steeldogs

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Fans played a massive part in a different way last night as they stole the show with an impromptu, rousing acapella performance of God Save the Queen, followed by an amazing (almost) record-breaking Air the Bear contribution when Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning scored their first goal. In hockey terms Sheffield Steeldogs were put to the sword in a possibly more comprehensive victory than the 5-2 scoreline suggested at Planet Ice on Saturday.  Lightning dominated long periods of play – especially in the first and second periods before a wobble in the third session saw Steeldogs find a way back into a game they looked to have been locked out of at the middle period break. To be fair, Steeldogs were missing a couple of key players but an increasingly cohesive Lightning were no mood to show mercy as they demonstrated fine penalty killing on the first three of the [...]

2019-12-15T11:03:34+00:00December 15th, 2019|

501st UK Garrison Provide Their Support to Smith Recycling MK Lightning’s Air the Bear Night

We are delighted that 501st Legion UK Garrison will be in attendance at tomorrow’s Air the Bear night in support of the Children’s Ward at Milton Keynes University Hospital. The 501st Legion UK Garrison is a not-for-profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers. Formed in 2000, they have gone on to become one of the foremost Star Wars costuming groups in the UK, earning a reputation for movie-accurate costumes and the highest levels of professionalism and dedication to fundraising for their chosen charities. You can find out more about the group and all the good work they do here. Having finalised details in the last couple of days, we are pleased to confirm we will be joined tomorrow evening by Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, Boba Fett and four Stormtroopers. They will be mingling with fans all evening and will be delighted to pose for selfies and group photos so make sure to get your tickets and join us for a great night to benefit [...]

2019-12-13T15:02:14+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Let the Bears see the Air: Smith Recycling MKL vs. Sheffield 14th December 7pm

Essential Info Faceoff: 7pm Saturday Doors Open: 6pm Tickets: bit.ly/AirtheBear or 01908 540020 Match Preview Sheffield Steeldogs make their second league visit to Planet Ice on Saturday with Smith Milton Keynes Lightning anxious to get back on the winning track.  There are no serious injury doubts for Lightning who expect to ice a full strength side except for Brandon Stones who continues his recovery.  It's sure to be a great evening as MKL will continue the annual tradition of Air the Bear, which sees teddies being thrown onto the ice on the scoring of the first Lightning goal.  More details here! Lightning’s three match winning run was ended at Hull Pirates on Sunday with the hosts sealing a 5-3 victory with two third period goals. Steeldogs arrive in Milton Keynes on the back of their own three match winning streak – albeit all of them by a single goal margin. The Yorkshire club’s first league game in the city came in early October [...]

2019-12-12T19:31:50+00:00December 12th, 2019|