Bobby Chamberlain inspired Milton Keynes Lightning to a weekend double over Bees at Slough on Sunday – but Lewis Clifford’s men had to come back from two nil down to win 5-3.
Lightning who were without the injured James Griffin were able, again, to call on the services of promising Sheffield Scimitars defenceman, Tyler Nixon, to help breach the gap at the back.
Chamberlain, involved in two fights at Planet Ice on Saturday, made a more positive contribution to the game with a straight hat trick to put his side back on track after Edward Bradley had opened the scoring on 1min 35secs and Josh Martin had extended Bees advantage within 22 seconds of the start of the second period.
Ross Green set up Sean Norris with a quick reply to Martin’s goal – beating netminder, Adam Goss, 41 seconds later. Will Stead was penalised for tripping at 24mins 18secs, giving Chamberlain the chance to register the first of his trio 38 seconds into the powerplay – the helpers Adam Laishram and Russell Cowley.
MK saw off a slashing penalty against Sam Talbot in the 25th minute but they could not prevent Bees from scoring when presented with a five on three advantage after Leigh Jamieson, for roughing, followed Liam Stewart, elbows, into the sin bin in the 35th minute. Bayley Harewood made the supply for the experience James Galazzi to fire past Matt Smital in the Lightning goal after 36mins 21secs.
It was the last time former Slough player Smital had to retrieve the puck from his net and it was the final time Bees led the scoring. Just over two minutes later Chamberlain struck again, this time assisted by Stewart and ex-Bee, Ed Knaggs – the goal coming 1min 35secs before the second intermission.
There was all to play for when the final period got underway, and it was Lightning who came out on top, with Jamieson supplying Chamberlain for a powerplay marker after 45mins 29secs.
Bees still had the chance to pull off an equaliser late in the game but they were hampered by a 54th minute penalty against Niklas Ornmarker. Having successfully seen off the short-handed spell they made a last ditch attempt for a leveller by withdrawing Goss for the extra skater inside the final 30 seconds.
It proved a disastrous move as within seconds Stewart fired in on the empty net for a goal on 59mins 38secs, aided by Cowley and Jamieson to round off a satisfying weekend.
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