By Tom Hurley
MK Thunder (2-3-1 NIHL) get their second bite at Scott Spearing’s Bracknell Bees on Sunday when the two teams meet for a 6.00 p.m. game at The John Nike Leisuresport Complex.
The Bees (2-1-0 NIHL) earned a 7-5 win over Thunder at Planet Ice on opening night thanks to hat tricks from Frantisek Bakrlik and Shaun Thompson. Thunder twice held the lead in that game before Bracknell’s start players led a comeback that saw them skate home victorious.
“It’s gonna be a tough game, said Thunder forward Grant McPherson of Sunday’s clash. “They’ve got some big names in their team.”
McPherson missed the first meeting between the two sides and says that Head Coach Lewis Clifford has he and his teammates ‘well-drilled’ and ready to fight for a better result this time around.
“Overall, I think we’re stronger in depth and hopefully that’ll show on Sunday,” McPherson said. “We’re going there for the two points and hopefully we can come out of there with them.”
The clash in Berkshire is Thunder’s lone game of the weekend after starting the year with three double headers, while the Bees travel to Basingstoke for a cup clash on Saturday night.
Thompson and Bakrlik top the league scoring charts with 14 and 12 points respectively through their first three NIHL games of the season. Thunder captain Jamie Line sits third in the league’s leading scorers with nine points, ahead of Ross Bowers and Rio Grinnell-Parke who both have seven.
Clifford’s men could return to the top of NIHL South 1 with a win on Sunday if other results go their way.
MKT’s next home game is on Sunday, October 15, when Invicta Dynamos visit Planet Ice in NIHL South 1 action. Tickets for the game are priced at £9 Adults, £5 Concessions/MKL season ticket holders, and £1 Under 16s.