|MK Thunder v Bracknell Bees -
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
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
Invicta took an early lead on home ice through Callum Fowler before
Hallden Barnes-Garner had Thunder back on level terms less than four
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
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.