Sunday February 17, 2019

 MK Lightning post game summary

Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, welcomed the MK Lightning to Fife Ice Arena for the very first time on Friday evening as Todd Dutiaume's side played their first game of a 3 game weekend.

Flyers went into the weekend without British defenceman Chris Wands who suffered an injury during training earlier in the week.

Milton Keynes welcomed back netminder Przemyslaw Odrobny who helped backstop the Lightning to their EPL Play-off championship last season, despite his return it was the in-form Miika Wiikman who started for Pete Russell's side.

It was a fairly even opening period with both sides looking to take control of the game, however neither netminder was fully tested until Flyers forward Charlie Mosey fired a shot beyond Miika Wiikman from the MK Lightning blueline at 8:58 to give Flyers the only goal of the opening period.

Just before the midway point in the 2nd period a moment of genius from Chase Schaber saw him 'dangle' through the MK defence and fire the puck into Wiikman's net sending the home fans wild at 28:49.

Milton Keynes got themselves back in the game soon after when when defenceman Kevin Gibson picked up a loose puck in front of Flyers netminder Andy Iles to make it 2-1 at 34:40.

Just over 2 minutes later the Lightning tied the game followeling a defensive mistake from Fife gifted Verreault-Paul with a goal at 36:39 as both teams headed tied at 2-2.

Both teams went into the final period determined to seal the win however referee Neil Wilson handed out 4 minor penalties to Fife in quick succession it was proving to be a tough ask for the home side. 

At 48:39 defenceman Ričards Birziņš broke out of the Flyers zone on a shorthanded breakaway and sealed the game winning goal for Todd Dutiaume's side as he beat Lightning netminder Wiikman. 

FINAL SCORE: Fife Flyers 3 MK Lightning 2

Fife Flyers Scoring:

Charlie Mosey (1+0), Chase Schaber (1+0), Ričards Birziņš (1+0), Shayne Stockton (0+1), Jim Jorgensen (0+1), Evan Bloodoff (0+1), Liam Heelis (0+1)

Fife Flyers Man of the Match:

91: Chase Schaber

MK Lightning Scoring:

Kevin Gibson (1+0), Francis Verreault-Paul (1+0), Denny Kearney (0+1), Guillaume Doucet (0+1)

MK Lightning Man of the Match:

20: Miika Wiikman

Shots on Goal:

Andy Iles: P1 - 5, P2 - 9, P3 - 7 Total = 21

Miika Wiikman: P1 - 7, P2 - 16, P3 - 8 Total = 31

Attendance: 1670



Cardiff Devils Cardiff 45 71
Belfast Giants Belfast 46 70
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 46 58
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 50 57
Guilford Flames Guildford 48 51
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 48 50
Fife Flyers Fife 44 49
Dundee Stars Dundee 46 46
Manchester Manchester 47 45
Coventry Blaze Coventry 44 45
MK Lightning MK 46 28
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