MK Thunder v Swindon Wildcats - 16/09/2017

MK Thunder v London Raiders - 17/09/2017

By Tom Hurley

MK Thunder picked up one point from four last weekend following a shootout loss at Swindon Wildcats and a home defeat to London Raiders. 

Young forward Rio Grinell-Parke gave Thunder a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes at The Link Centre, only for Swindon to level 26 seconds into the second period through Aaron Nell on the pp. 

Ross Bowers restored Thunderís lead five minutes later but again the home side responded on the power play, this time Sam Zajac finding the net. Grinell-Parkeís hit his second of the night as the period wound down to give MKT a 3-2 advantage heading into the second intermission. 

The Wildcats were on level terms again less than 90 seconds into the third through former Nottingham Panthers forward Sam Bullas. No further goals meant the teams headed to overtime, and a blank slate there set up a penalty shootout. Thunder failed to convert all three of their penalty shots as Swindon took the shootout 1-0 to claim a 4-3 win and the bonus point. 

A sluggish start Sunday saw London jump into a 6-1 lead before Thunder mounted a comeback effort that ultimately fell short. Early goals from Jake Sylvester and Tom Davis got London on the board with Alex Whyte feeding  Jaime Line to bring Thunder within one. 

Further goals from Alan Lack, Marek Nahlik, and J.J. Pitchley gave the Raiders security, and it was 6-1 midway through the second when Olegs Lascenko scored shorthanded. 

Four straight Thunder goals then put the home team within touching distance. Two from Grinell-Parke along with efforts from Ross Bowers and Tom Carlon had London on the back foot with 10 minutes to go. 

Thunder pressed for an equalizer but were undone with Pitchley struck again on the power play with under four minutes to play to seal his teamís 7-5 win.