After the disappointment of last weekend, this is just what we both wanted and needed – a four point weekend.
Saturday’s trip to Milton Keynes was a close affair throughout. I don’t mind admitting I feared the worst when they took an early lead after we’d had a powerplay, but the team responded well and we took a lead back to the locker room. As the game progressed, it became more physical as the Lightning looked to spark something. We stood up well to this and saw the game out with a good third period.
Sunday was different as we welcomed the Basingstoke Bison to our barn. They are the first team we’ve played twice this season and evidently there were some scores to be settled as the opening minutes were littered with penalties. Once we got the opening goal, we never looked back and were able to run out comfortable winners. Our finish to the second and start to the third gave us the comfortable win and it was pleasing to see us take advantage of the powerplay opportunities we had.
Next weekend will be a challenging one, with plenty of pressure on us. First up, it’s the unbeaten Sheffield Steeldogs. They’ve been scoring goals for fun and are the early pacesetters. We can’t afford to let too big a gap open up between us and them, even at this early stage of the season. The pressure is for a completely different reason on Sunday with a visit to the Peterborough Phantoms – they’re propping up the table and with only one win to date, we’ll be expected not only to win, but win well.
Standings after Week 4
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