Tickets selling fast!  Get them online here or on 01908 540020.  Please allow extra time on Saturday evening as there may be queues at the box office for those buying their Season Ticket seat for Sunday.

Don’t forget, this weekend is your last chance to order replica shirts for guaranteed delivery for Christmas.  Get them here!

Hull Pirates make their second visit of the league campaign to Planet Ice on Saturday when Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning are due to give new signing Robin Kovar his debut.  Kovar has replaced Ari Närhi as Lightning seek to increase their scoring rate and put some wins together.

The last time Hull visited MK they just about saw off a late rally by Lightning to hang on for a 5-4 win in the first league fixture of the season. At the half way mark Pirates were 5-2 to the good but Tomas Kana cut the gap with a goal after 30 mins 33secs and Cale Tanaka brought the deficit down to one in the 49th minute. However the equalising goal eluded Lewis Clifford’s team.  This should give some real optimism for Lightning going into the game with at long last some stability in fitness, and some sharp performances in training this week.  Kovar has hit the ground running this week, helped by a fellow Czech in the room (though only English gets spoken!) and he is settling in well with his new team mates.

Hull do bring some form into the game though, off the back of a 4 point weekend against Leeds and Basingstoke and they currently sit 4th in the table with 10 wins.  Player coach Jason Hewitt not only leads the Pirates’ scoring with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points he also is the second highest points scorer in the National Ice Hockey League. Lee Bonner has ten fewer points but that is still good enough to place him eighth in the league while former Lightning player Bobby Chamberlain is 11th with 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points.

Another familiar face who has signed for Hull since that opening day encounter is dual Canadian-UK national, David Norris who has already picked up 16 points from nine games – that’s just two fewer points than he scored as a fans’ favourite while playing for MK in their Elite League campaign last season.

Face off against Hull on Saturday is at a 7pm.

Supporters Club activity as follows:

Our sellers will be as always to be found around the rink in their blue tabbards selling the 50/50 tickets for your chance to win half the money in the pot. Last weeks winner against Phantoms took home £341. Tickets are £1 each, 3 for £2 or 10 for £5.

Shirt Off His Back:
This week we have #13 Cale Tanaka’s shirt to be won fresh off his back. We also have a replica warm up Russell Cowley shirt to be won. Our sellers can be found around and about the rink in the pink tabbards. Tickets are priced also at £1 each, 3 for £2 or 10 for £5.

Ollie’s Grid:
Ollie is back from his break away, and to celebrate we have a very special prize up for grabs this week – a signed Liam Stewart pink jersey. Squares are available from Ollie as he makes his way round the rink before the game and during the first break, priced at £1 each.

Chuck A Duck:
Sue will have the basket of ducks available as always. Grab a duck from her to chuck during the 2nd period break, priced at £1 a duck.

We now have a pink range of clothing available on the stand.
Don’t forget that Sunday 1st December is the last day to order a replica shirt for it be here in time for Christmas.

Quiz Night
Entry forms are available on the stand for the Christmas Quiz Night on the 12th December. See the pinned post on this page for further details.

Photo: Kevin Slyfield