By Tom Hurley
Thunder netminder Tom Annetts stopped all 19 shots that came his way as Thunder chalked up a 3-0 win over Cardiff Fire at Ice Arena Wales on Saturday night.
MKT opened the scoring inside the game’s first three minutes when Harrison Goode beat home goalie Jordan Lawday through the five-hole after being set up by younger brother Connor Goode.
Thunder enjoyed the majority of possession over the rest of the period but failed to find another way past the impressive Lawday, who kept the score at 1-0 through 20 minutes of play.
Lawday again was on his finest form in the second period to deny Rupert Quiney, Grant McPherson, Gareth O’Flaherty, and Tom Mboya as the visitors pressed for a second goal. Tamas Elias and Callum Buglass had rare chances for Cardiff at the other end only to be denied by Thunder shotstopper Annetts.
Both goalies continued their fine performances into the third period, and it wasn’t until the 56th minute when the game’s second goal finally came. Grant McPherson fired past Lawday on the powerplay after neat work from Ross Bowers and Mboya to give MKT a two-goal cushion.
The two points were secured by O’Flaherty late on when the former Coventry Blaze frontman beat Lawday following setup play by Hallden Barnes-Garner and Mboya.
Thunder return to action on home ice Saturday when Peterborough Phantoms skate into Planet Ice for a 7 p.m. face off. Lewis Clifford’s men then travel to Berkshire on Sunday for a 6 p.m. contest at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex against Bracknell Bees.