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.