By Tom Hurley
Lewis Clifford and his Thunder squad hit the road for a pair of NIHL South 1 away games this weekend. On Saturday MKT travel to undefeated Basingstoke Bison before heading to the capital city on Sunday to face London Raiders.
Basingstoke (7-0-0 NIHL) are led in scoring by import forward Tomas Karpov who has 12 goals and 15 assists on the season, good for the second most points in NIHL South with 27.
Fellow import Ivan Antonov sits seventh in NIHL South with 16 points in his five games played. Bison’s top British points scorer is Aaron Connolly who has seven goals and five assists in league play.
Last weekend Basingstoke earned a pair of wins over Cardiff Fire. On Saturday Bison defeated the Welsh outfit 5-1 on home ice, before travelling across the Severn Bridge on Sunday to collect a 12-2 win.
London (2-4-0 NIHL) earned a 3-1 victory over Invicta Dynamos in NIHL Cup action last Saturday, with Sunday seeing the Raiders return to league play where they fell 4-2 at Bracknell Bees.
Import forward Marek Nahlik tops the Raiders in points with six goals and assists adding up to 14 points on the season. Another overseas player, Olegs Lascenko, sits closely behind Nahlik on 10 points, with three goals and seven assists.
Thunder (4-4-2 NIHL) enter the weekend fresh from a wild 5-4 shootout victory over Streatham at Planet Ice last weekend courtesy of Ross Bowers’ penalty shot on his 600th appearance in MK colours.
This will be MKT’s first double-header weekend since late September, when Clifford’s men split a pair of games with Cardiff Fire and Peterborough Phantoms.
Bowers and captain Jamie Line share the team high for points with 12 each. Rio Grinell-Park sits third on the team with eight points, while fourth placed is shard by Grant McPherson and Rupert Quiney who both have seven points on the year.
Face off on Saturday night in Basingstoke is set for 6:30 p.m., with Sunday’s clash at the Lee Valley Ice Centre set to get underway at 5:30 p.m.
Thunder are next in action on home ice on Sunday, Nov., 12 when Basingstoke visit Milton Keynes for the first time this season. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. puck drop are priced at £9 Adults, £5 Concessions/MKL Season Tickets, and £1 Under 16s.