Month: October 2017

Highlights: MK Thunder vs Streatham IHC

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Bowers bags shootout winner in 600th game

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By Tom Hurley

Ross Bowers sniped the shootout winner on his 600th appearance in MK colours to lift Thunder to a wild 5-4 victory over Streatham at Planet Ice on Saturday night.

With a bumper crowd on hand to see the Milton Keynes Storm graduate on his marquee evening, the number 61 went shelf on Nathan Gregory to score the lone penalty shot and secure two points for Lewis Clifford’s squad.

Bowers was nearly denied his big moment, however, as Streatham appeared to have won the game in overtime when former MK Lightning forward Michael Farn hit the post and crossbar from a tight angle.

The South Londoners streamed onto the ice in celebration; only for referee Dean Smith to deem the puck did not cross the goal line after consulting the goal judge.

Grant McPherson provided the game’s first two highlights — first slamming home the rebound to Rupert Quiney’s slapshot for a 1-0 lead, then minutes later dropping gloves and going toe-to-toe with Jordan Gregory.

Ryan Watt equalized before the period’s end, then goals from Andreas Siagris and Ryan Webb put the visitors 3-1 up late in the second frame.

Captain Jamie Line brought Thunder back within one through 40 minutes, then Quiney’s blast had the hosts level six minutes into the third period.

Bowers lifted the roof off Planet Ice when he skated through several Streatham jerseys and banked his own rebound into the net to send Thunder 4-3 ahead with under seven minutes remaining.

Aidan Doughty tied the game at 4-4 not long after to force Overtime, and eventually a penalty shootout.

The two men with their jersey numbers hanging in the rafters went first, with McPherson unable to beat Gregory and Tom Annetts denying former MK Lightning captain Adam Carr.

Bowers found the top corner on his effort to spark jubilation in the stands and on the home bench, with Annetts then making a kick save on Farn to give Thunder the advantage through two rounds.

Line wasn’t able to take his opportunity to seal the win, but when Annetts stopped Watt’s effort it was the home side’s turn to stream onto the ice in celebration of earning two points.

Bowers set for big night against Streatham

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By Tom Hurley

Milton Keynes ice hockey stalwart Ross Bowers plays his 600th career game in MK colours on Saturday night when Thunder host Streatham IHC in a 7 p.m. face off at Planet Ice.

MK Storm graduate Bowers will be honoured in a pre-game ceremony ahead of the contest, which will see former MK Lightning captain Adam Carr and teammate Michael Farn make their return to Planet Ice in visiting uniforms.

“I feel really blessed,” Bowers said. “We’ve got a couple of great clubs here in Milton Keynes and it will be nice to see some more kids coming through the junior development.”

Potential Thunder stars of the future will be able to see Bowers and his teammates in action for no charge Saturday night after GM Dave Fairhurst’s announcement that all Storm players can now gain free entry to this MKT fixture.

Streatham (1-7-0 NIHL) enter the game in search of their second league win of the season following seven straight defeats since a 9-2 win over Cardiff Fire on opening night.

The RedHawks came close to claiming that second victory on Sunday when they took a 3-0 lead over Basingstoke Bison before ultimately falling 4-3 on home ice.

The South Londoners have faired better in the NIHL Cup, picking up three wins over London Raiders in addition to last Saturday’s 5-2 win at Invicta Dynamos.

“Last weekend was probably our best performance over two games we have had all season,” Carr said in his weekly column. “It was very frustrating to only come away with two points.”

The Durham-born frontman – who won eight trophies during 14 seasons in Milton Keynes – is tied with Farn and ex-Basingstoke, Slough and Bracknell forward Ryan Watt for a team-high eight points.

Saturday will be Carr’s first time in the Planet Ice visiting locker room since icing with Wightlink Raiders as a teenager.

“We are desperate to get two points from them,” Carr said of Lewis Clifford’s men.

Thunder (3-4-2 NIHL) will be lining up without Connor Hutchison and Luke Reynolds on Saturday night following the duo’s departure after a 2-1 overtime loss to Invicta on October 15.

Captain Jamie Line tops the MKT scoring charts with 11 points, closely followed by Bowers with 10 and Grinell-Parke on eight.

Tickets for Saturday night’s clash are priced at £9 Adults, £5 MKL season ticket holders, £1 Under 16s, and free entry for MK Storm players.

Ross Bowers talks 600 games, Streatham

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Highlights: MK Thunder vs Invicta Dynamos

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