MK Thunder vs Cardiff Fire

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Recap

By Tom Hurley

Teenager Josh Crane made 22 saves to earn a win in his first NIHL South 1 start as Thunder beat Cardiff Fire, 4-2, at Planet Ice on Sunday night.

Cardiff netminder Jordan Lawday was also on fine form, pulling off a string of saves to keep the much-improved Fire within touching distance of their first win since promotion from NIHL 2 last season.

The visitors got on the scoresheet first when Michael Stratford and Callum Buglass broke free on the counter attack, with the former’s shot beating Crane for a 1-0 lead.

Alex Whyte tucked home from a tight angle on the rebound from Nidal Phillip’s blue-line blast to level the score midway through the first period, before captain Jamie Line’s wrist shot put Thunder 2-1 up heading into the first intermission.

Lawday somehow kept MKT from extending their advantage, and his teammates made the most of his efforts when Thunder fell into penalty trouble late in the second period. As two men in white jerseys sat in the penalty box, Kalle Allner found the back of the net on the 5-on-3 power play to tie the game heading into the third frame.

Thunder came out for the third period full of desire, and sustained pressure in the offensive end paid off when Rio Grinell-Parke backhanded home from close range after Ross Bowers’ shot was kicked to the teenager by Lawday.

Emotions flared as Fire sniffed the opportunity to avoid defeat for the first time this season. But they were to be denied any chance of a comeback when Grant McPherson stepped out from behind the net to fire the puck into the top corner and secure the 4-2 win for Lewis Clifford’s men.

Details

Date Time League Season
November 26, 2017 6:30 pm NIHL South 1 2017-18

Venue

Planet Ice MK
1 S Row, Milton Keynes MK9 1BL, UK

Results

Team1st2nd3rdF
MK Thunder2024
Cardiff Fire1102

MK Thunder

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
2Alex WhyteDefence100000
5Jamie LineForward100000
9Grant McPhersonForward104000
13Nidal PhillipsDefence010000
14Hallden Barnes-GarnerForward000000
17Rio Grinell-ParkeForward100000
21Ross GreenDefence000000
23Tom CarlonForward010000
32Josh CraneNetminder00024222
44Rupert QuineyDefence010000
50Greg RandallDefence002000
61Ross BowersForward022000
66Lewis ChristieDefence012000
73Gareth O’FlahertyForward010000
75Ryan HandisidesForward012000
81Harrison GoodeForward000000
82Connor GoodeForward000000
95Tom AnnettsNetminder000000
 Total 481224222

Cardiff Fire

# Player Position G A PIM SA GA SV
11Sam SmithSkater000000
12Kalle AllnerSkater102000
13Elliot MurdochSkater000000
16Ben SmithSkater000000
21Tamas EliasSkater002000
32Sam Mark SmithSkater000000
45Callum BuglassSkater020000
56Samual BryantSkater000000
82Jackson PriceSkater004000
92Josh HaslamSkater000000
97Elis SheppardSkater000000
16Michael StratfordSkater100000
18Michael HutchingsSkater010000
19David ManningSkater002000
94David ChristianSkater000000
35Jordan LawdayNetminder00053449
 Total 231253449
G
4
2
A
8
3
PIM
12
12
SA
24
53
GA
2
4
SV
22
49