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Match Report: AIB MKL 4 – 3 Raiders (OT) – 18th September 2021

Under-strength Milton Keynes Lightning came from two goals behind to seal an NIHL Cup victory in overtime against a resilient Raiders at Planet Ice on Saturday. The 4-3 win came despite Lightning missing five members of the roster with Ross Bowers persuaded to come out of retirement to help out and former MK Storm junior goalie Thomas Adams, now on Haringey Huskies’ books, filling the gap left by the injury to back up netminder Matt Smital. After a slow start the hosts gradually found a way into the game and in the third period the partnership between former Basingstoke Bison pair Sean Norris and Sam Talbot started to produce rewards – the latter’s performance with two goals and two assists. In the end it was Norris who sent the home fans happy when his blast from the left defeated Raiders’ goalie Ethan James 1min 19secs into the extra period – the pass coming from Talbot. Raiders edged ahead in a scrappy first period – [...]

2021-09-19T11:26:45+01:00September 19th, 2021|


An overtime powerplay strike from Bobby Chamberlain secured a weekend challenge match double success for Milton Keynes Lightning at Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday. There would have much to delight MK coach Lewis Clifford with goals being scored across the lines, while the team, with many new faces, showed tenacity to hang on and take the win after Phantoms fought back to level in the third session. Lightning looked to be coasting to an easy win early in the game as Phantoms were made to pay twice within the first six minutes. First some poor play by the hosts allowed Chamberlain to feed Callum Field who scored at the second attempt - his very first MK Lightning goal - on 3mins 25secs as goalie Jordan Marr blocked but failed hold his first effort. Less than two minutes later Edgars Landsbergs supplied Hallden Barnes-Garner who went top shelf for the visitors’ second goal at 5mins 4secs. Tom Norton and Jasper Foster both tested MK netminder Matt [...]

2021-09-14T16:51:12+01:00September 14th, 2021|


Captain Cowley led the way with a hat-trick as Milton Keynes Lightning opened the 2021-2022 campaign with a convincing 6-1 challenge match victory over long term rivals Peterborough Phantoms at Planet Ice on Saturday. For most of the game there was only one team that looked likely to win with Phantoms’ goalie Jordan Marr facing a first period deluge of shots from Lightning’s new attacking strike force – the vast majority of whom had hardly had time to get to know each other. Phantoms suffered two early penalties when Nathan Pollard had only just returned to the ice following a two minute tripping call before Jasper Foster went for hooking. Neither penalty proved expensive for Phantoms. However, Marr was caught out straight from a face off by Bobby Chamberlain – set up by Russ Cowley – to put MK in front on 11mins24secs. Joe Gretton went toe to toe with Hallden Barnes-Garner  seconds later with both received 5 for fighting penalties before Chamberlain saw [...]

2021-09-14T16:45:05+01:00September 14th, 2021|

Thank you, good luck, and see you soon to our 2019/20 and Streaming Series players not returning

As we’ve built our squad for the 2021/22 season, MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford has worked hard to balance the priorities of building a squad for the future, performance on the ice, and working within the NIHL wage cap structures for this season.  This has meant that although a number of players have returned there are some we are saying goodbye to.  For many, this news is already out there but we wanted to say thank you ourselves for everything you’ve done for MKL. #6 Jordan Stokes Stokesy was a solid, stay at home D man who was consistent in his play.  Recently fully qualified as a firefighter, Jordan will play for Solihull Barons this year.  Good luck for the season Jordan. #9 Grant McPherson Legend.  Pure and simple.  The players player of the year and a significant contributor to MK and British ice hockey.  G grabbed points, including a the final goal of the season, but it was his contribution off the ice [...]

2021-09-07T08:17:40+01:00September 7th, 2021|

Memorial Cup winner and “Terrific” player Adam Laishram joins AIB MK Lightning forward lines

We are delighted that Adam Laishram will join AIB Milton Keynes Lightning for the 2021/22 season.  Adam is a British passport holder, but having spent his career to date in Canada, he is classified as a non-British trained player. 24 year old Adam was born in Ashburn, Ontario, Canada has spent the last 4 years at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.  Prior to that he spent 4 years and made 225 appearances in the prestigious Ontario Hockey League for Belleville Bulls, Hamilton Bulldogs and Windsor Spitfires, picking up 91 points overall.   Most significantly, in the 2016/17 season Adam was a key part of the Spitfires side which won the Memorial Cup which is the national championship of the Canadian major junior hockey leagues.  Adam’s Hamilton Bulldogs coach, former NHL star Steve Staios described Adam as “Terrific” and went on to say: “He does anything and everything you ask him do to at the top level he can.  He is a 10 out [...]

2021-09-05T21:13:33+01:00September 6th, 2021|

Captain Cowley is back for AIB MKL bringing leadership, consistency and scoring

“When you are putting your team together you need to tick a lot of boxes.  You need so many players who can play on the PK, so many who can play on the PP, so many who can be on the ice in the final minute of a 1 goal game.  When you get a player who has all of those attributes you have to keep hold of them as they are a huge asset to the team.”  This is what MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford had to say about capturing the signature of your MKL Captain Russ Cowley, who returns to the club for another year. 38 year old Russ was born in Edmonton, Canada, and brings with him experience of pretty much everything.  He’s played at Elite Level with Coventry Blaze and Cardiff Devils, and has made tens of appearances for Great Britain as a senior international.  In the 2019/20 season Russ made 34 appearances picking up 53 points. Cliff told us [...]

2021-09-04T10:17:36+01:00September 5th, 2021|

Mr. Dependable Lewis Christie is back in the AIB MKL Rearguard

Completing the AIB MKL defensive lines this season is Mr. Dependable Lewis Christie, who joins MKL for a 12th season.  Welcome back Lewy! 32 year old Lewy was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and began his career with Dundee and Edinburgh before earning his first international callup with GB U18s for whom he iced 9 times.  Lewy then forged his career in the Elite League with Belfast Giants, and a brief stint in Basingstoke, before joining MKL in 2008.  He has remained with the MK hockey family since then, and made 40 appearances for Lightning in the 2019/20 season picking up a goal and 6 assists for his efforts. But it’s not points that define Lewy’s game (although we were lucky enough to see him score a spectacular goal in training the other night), it’s consistency and defensive contribution as MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford explains: “It would be hard to imagine an MKL team without Lewy on it. I don’t think I need to [...]

2021-09-04T10:12:02+01:00September 4th, 2021|

Getting Ready for Our First Game Back….

We are sure you’re as excited as we are about the first game back with fans allowed, which will take place on Saturday September 11th.  In preparation, we thought we’d share some key info to help get everything ready. Tickets On Sale Single Match Tickets are now on sale now for the first 3 games.  To make a purchase, head over to this page for all the information.  >>  Single Match Tickets VIP, Group Tickets and Bench with the Lightning tickets can be purchased for any game in the season. VIP Tickets If you’d like something a little extra special, we have VIP options which include access to the SkyBar, food and allocated seating.  Great for entertaining and celebrating.  For more info, head over to our VIP tickets page >> VIP Tickets Group Tickets If there are 10 or more of you who want to attend a match, we have some offers available which can save you some money.  Head over to our Groups [...]

2021-08-28T12:12:03+01:00August 28th, 2021|

Skill, Consistency and Leadership as Ross Green Commits to AIB MK Lightning

He brings cool, calm consistency along with technical excellence and all round leadership.  Please welcome back Ross Green to Milton Keynes Lightning!  Ross is a massive MK ice hockey contributor, with a career which stretches back to MK Storm U16s in 2004.  In the 2019/20 season Ross made 42 MKL appearances, and picked up 13 points.  He’s known for his fantastic skating, cool head, and leadership on and off the ice.  He’s also a fantastic ambassador for hockey in the town, supporting junior development and running hockey camps for a number of years. MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford told us why he has signed Ross, explaining “Ross is a key part of our club.  He brings consistent, intelligent defensive play built on the foundations of great skating and good reading of the game.  As I’ve said in the past, Sloth is a guy who knows exactly what it means to be an MK Lightning player and is another one of our homegrown crew.  [...]

2021-08-27T18:35:05+01:00August 27th, 2021|

Fresh Attacking Options as Lively Latvian Landsbergs Links Up with Lightning

Brand new to AIB Milton Keynes Lightning...he’s only 22 but brings with him big game experience from the British, Canadian, US and Polish leagues.  Please give a warm welcome to Edgars Landsbergs.  Edgars joins us from MKS Cracovia Krakow in the Poland league where he made 10 appearances in the Covid interrupted 20/21 season, bagging 4 goals and 4 assists for his efforts.  Prior to that, Edgars spent 4 years in the Canadian and US development leagues, racking up 138 games in total.   Edgars was born in Latvia, but spent his junior development in the Coventry Blaze system, where he made appearances at U16 and U18 levels, and also spent a year in the OHA to hone his skills.  This means that he is classified as a British trained player under the NIHL National rules of competition. Edgars  is very excited to be joining Lightning and said: “I really appreciate the opportunity I have been given and I’m just simply excited and ready to [...]

2021-08-19T16:17:52+01:00August 20th, 2021|
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