By Tom Hurley
Thunder return to home ice for the first time in three weeks on Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. game with Invicta Dynamos at Planet Ice.
The defending playoff champions travel to Milton Keynes in unfamiliar form having collected two wins from their first seven games of the league campaign.
An 11-1 home loss to London Raiders in the NIHL Cup is one of four consecutive defeats for the Dynamos since earning back-to-back wins over Cardiff Fire and Swindon Wildcats in mid September.
“We are expecting a hard-fought game,” said Thunder head coach Lewis Clifford.
“Invicta’s form has been up and down, they’ve had some impressive results and some games they would have liked to have been better in. We know they won’t come here and lie down for us, so we have to at our best.”
Invicta (2-5-0 NIHL) will line up slightly differently to when Thunder beat the Dynamos at Gillingham Ice Bowl earlier this season.
MK Lightning forward Bobby Chamberlain transferred to Hull Pirates in late September with head coach Kevin Parrish announcing a deal for forward Justin Robinson soon after.
Callum Fowler and import Adam Rehak top the Dyanmos in goals with five each, with Rehak’s seven points also leading the team. Former Thunder netminder Damien King is expected to start.
While Invicta travel to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday, Thunder (3-4-1 NIHL) will be preparing at home, aiming to build on the 3-1 win at Streatham IHC in South London last Sunday.
“We had a solid week of practice,” Clifford said. “We worked on some things we needed to after an indifferent performance in Streatham, and the boys were all buying in.”
MKT enter the weekend fourth in the table and a win on Sunday would see Thunder hold a .500 record through nine NIHL South 1 games.
“Our home form hasn’t been what we want it to be we hope with a big loud crowd we can start this Sunday as we mean to go on.”
Sunday’s game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. face off at Planet Ice. Tickets are available on the night priced at £9 Adults, £5 Concessions/MKL season ticket holders, and £1 Under 16s.