Ice hockey: MK Thunder 2 Raiders 3
PUBLISHED: 22:24 21 October 2018 | UPDATED: 22:25 21 October 2018
Everyone Active Raiders ended their four-match losing run with a hard-fought win in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.
Raiders had won 8-0 when the two sides met at Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre earlier in the season and they killed off a holding the stick penalty against Sean Barry, before JJ Pitchley was binned for holding.
And the visitors opened the scoring while shorthanded as Juraj Huska netted assisted by captain Aaron Connolly.
Filip Sedivy had a chance to score on a break, but Ben Clements did well to deny Ross Bowers and Michael Stratford at the other end.
Raiders doubled their lead just 91 seconds after the restart when Jake Sylvester found the net, assisted by Blaho Novak and Callum Wells, but they lost Huska to a match penalty for high sticking in the 24th minute.
They went 3-0 up during the spell of 4-on-4 – with Jamie Line serving a slashing penalty for the hosts – but then saw Thunder hit back during the major power play as Tomas Rubes beat Clements.
More penalties followed, against both sides, before a cross-checking minor against Dan Scott gave Thunder the chance to close the gap to one through Line’s power play goal just 69 seconds before the buzzer.
Raiders made a bright start to the final period, with Scott, Aaron Connolly and John Connolly all having attempts on target in the first five minutes.
Thunder rallied with chances from Tom Carlon, Bowers and Line, before Julian Smith was called for hooking Grant McPherson.
Raiders killed off the penalty, only to lose Barry for interference, and Stratford went close when his shot got past Clements but was cleared by Scott.
The gloves came off with just under six minutes to play, as Callum Wells and Bowers picked up double minors for fighting, while Brandon Webster was given a match penalty for a check to the head.
That left Thunder with an extra man for five minutes, with tempers fraying again soon after as Novak and Trevor Leblanc tussled, while Stratford and John Connolly also clashed.
All were sent to the penalty box and the home side withdraw goalie Tom Annetts for an extra skater with 100 seconds left on the clock to create a 6-on-4.
But Raiders killed off the Webster penalty and Stratford saw a last-minute shot blocked as the visitors skated off with two much-needed points.
Scorers, Thunder: Jamie Line 1, Tomas Rubes* 1, Grant McPherson 0+1, Tom Carlon 0+1, Greg Randall 0+1, Ross Bowers 0+1.
Raiders: Jake Sylvester 2, Juraj Huska* 1, Blaho Novak 0+2, Callum Wells 0+1, Sean Barry 0+1, Aaron Connolly 0+1.
Shots on goal: Tom Annetts (MK) 10-9-6=25-3, Ben Clements (R), 11-12-11=34-2.