Pirates playoff hopes disappear with home loss.

Hull Pirates hopes of appearing in the Play off semi finals in Coventry in April all but disappeared tonight when the went down to a 2-5 defeat to Group B leaders, Milton Keynes Lightning.

Both sides created chances early on but in a game they had to win, the Pirates went behind on 4:01 when Lewis Hook slotted the puck past Vlastomil Lakosil in the Pirates net. The open nature of the match saw both sides with chances, notably Lee Bonner for Hull had a couple but wasn’t able to get past Przemyslaw Odrobny in the Lightning net. 0-1 at the end of the 1st.

With 23:44 on the clock goal scorer supreme Andrej Themar fired off a fantastic shot that whistled past Odrobny to level the game up at 1 apiece. Parity lasted about 5 minutes though as Antti Holli netted for the visitors to take the lead again, 1-2. Lee Bonner on 34:05 finally converted a chance his hard work deserved to peg the visitors back to 2-2 and it remained that way until the 40 minute mark.

With both keepers, Lakosil & Odrobny producing neat saves in the opening minutes of the 3rd period to keep the game all square a devastating 3 minute burst of attacking hockey by the Lightning took the game away from the Pirates. On 45:39 Craig Scott put Lightning back in front and 46 seconds later Jordan Cownie extended that lead to 2 on 46:25 and before the Pirates had chance to regain their composure and go again Antti Holli added his 2nd of the night on 48:22 to take the score out to 2-5.

Holli’s goal was a fantastic backhanded effort played through his legs and lifted into the top of the net. The scoring ended there but both sides ended the game with a man each in the penalty box, as Pirates Lee Haywood & Lightning Tom Carlon dropped the gloves on 58:26, just after Haywood had rejoined the action for a prior ‘scrap’ with Leigh Jamieson.

The Pirates are pointless at the bottom of Group B and the chances of reaching Coventry are all but nil, but with 3 games remaining of the season, coach Jason Hewitt will want his men to go out on a high by trying to get wins to take into next season. That plan will be put into action on Wednesday night (29/3/17) face off:7:30pm  when Basingstoke Bison are the visitors to the Hull arena.


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