Raiders 4 - 3 Lightning

January 16, 2022 - 17:15

Raiders made it back-to-back victories over Milton Keynes Lightning to complete their first maximum point weekend of the season.

It felt like de je vu as they sealed a second 4-3 win in two days back on home ice at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre.

A brace from Lukas Sladkovsky and goals from Aaron Connolly and Tommy Huggett helped Sean Easton’s side hang onto the points despite a late fight back from the Milton Keynes team.

Lightning took the lead in the 15th minute of play as Bobby Chamberlain was picked out by Leigh Jamieson on the powerplay after Raiders defenceman Sean Barry went to the penalty box for hooking.

The first period finished 1-0, but just two minutes into the second period, it was level as Sladkovsky drove on goal and beating Brandon Stones with a backhand.

Lightning however responded just over a minute later as Sam Talbot found the net with assists going to Sean Norris and Edward Knaggs.

Sladkovsky then pulled off a very similar move to grab his second of the game to make it 2-2 with the assists once again going to JJ Pitchley and Jake Sylvester.

Youngster Huggett standing in front of goal then tipped home a Dan Scott shot from the point to make it 3-2 in the 36th minute. Captain Connolly stretched the lead to 4-2 with 47 seconds left in the second period to capitalise on a good period from a dominant Raiders squad.

Raiders played solid defence in the final stanza, managing the game and limiting opportunities to hold Lightning out until five seconds left on the clock when Liam Stewart fired beyond Michael Gray as they pulled the goalie to try rescue something from the match.

Many of the match went to Sean Norris for the visitors and Brace scorer Lukas Sladkovsky for the Raiders.

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