MK Thunder v Bracknell Bees - 09/09/2017

MK Thunder v Invicta Dynamos - 10/09/2017

By Tom Hurley

Ross Bowers struck with less than three minutes remaining on Sunday night to secure MK Thunder a 3-2 win at reigning playoff champions Invicta Dynamos.

Captain Jamie Line set up Bowers who beat ex-Thunder goalie Damien King with 57:12 on the clock for Thunder’s first ever away win over the Dynamos.

Invicta took an early lead on home ice through Callum Fowler before Hallden Barnes-Garner had Thunder back on level terms less than four minutes later.

Bowers’ solo effort gave MKT a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second period only for Dynamos to tie things up with a power play goal at the game’s halfway point. Import Ondrej Zosiak and ex-MK Lightning forward Bobby Chamberlain combined to supply Fowler for his second of the night.

The score remained at 2-2 until Bowers found the net again deep in the third period much to the dismay of the majority inside Gillingham Ice Bowl.

A record-breaking crowd saw Thunder take on ex-EPL outfit Bracknell Bees in Sautrday’s home opener at Planet Ice.

Ex-Lightning import Frantisek Bakrlik and EPL stalwart Shaun Thompson both hit hat-tricks as Bees skated back to Berkshire with a hard-earned 7-5 victory.

Bakrlik scored the game’s first goal two minutes into the contest with young Thunder forward Rio Grinell-Parke replying ten minutes later.

Bakrlik’s second restored Bracknell’s advantage before Gareth O’Flaherty broke free on the power play to send the teams into the first intermission locked at 2-2.

Grinell-Parke showed his hand-eye coordination to bat the puck home for Thunder’s first lead five minutes into the second. Three penalties against the home side then put Bracknell on a 5-on-3 power play where Bakrlik secured his natural hat-trick with a slapshot from the point.

Connor Goode found the net with a slapshot of his own early in the third to restore Thunder’s lead, which was then doubled by Line’s top corner snipe on the PP with less than ten minutes to go.

Bracknell were back within a goal almost immediately courtesy of Thompson, and were then on level terms when the former Basingstoke Bison rounded Tom Annetts in the MKT goal.

The Bees continued to press forward in search of a winner and found it when George Norcliffe eluded his defender and unleashed a low shot that beat Annetts five-hole.

Thompson completed his hat-trick with an empty netter late on to secure the 7-5 score line.

Thunder return to NIHL South 1 action on Saturday at Swindon Wildcats and are back on home ice Sunday for a clash with London Raiders. Sunday’s game at Planet Ice is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. face off with tickets priced at £9 Adults, £5 Concessions/MKL season ticket holders, and £1 Under 16s.