Hull Pirates season ended this evening with a disappointing 6-2 loss away to the Milton Keynes Lightning, who now go on to Coventry next weekend to contest the EPIHL final’s series, alongside Group B winners Basingstoke Bison and from Group A, winners Guildford Flames and Telford Tigers.
Going into this game 0-5 the Pirates needed a fast start to have any chance of getting a play off win, but this wasn’t to be. Lightning were well on the way to the win after just 3 minutes 46 seconds, by which time they led 2-0. The first goal of the night came on 2:11 when Mikolaj Lopuski netted via assists from Tom Carlon and Adam Carr. It then went from bad to worse on 3:46 when Antti Holli with assist’s from star man Lewis Hook and Jordan Cownie.
The match as a contest was all but over on 6:47 when Lewis Hook scored a superb solo goal and the Lightning continued the onslaught, in particular Craig Scott who was keeping Ash Smith in the Pirates net busy with time and space down the right side. The Hook/Scott combination extended Lightning’s lead to 4-0 on 15:59 when Hook netted the assist from Scott. In the final minute of the 1st period Smith pulled of an important block after some stylish skating from Milan Baranyk nearly produced another goal.
Pirates Josh Gent broke free at the start of the 2nd period and flicked a shot goalwards but Jordan Hedley in the Lightning net saved easily. On 24:55 Lewis Hook netted his hat-trick goal with the help of Baranyk to make it 5-0. The Pirates broke their duck on 37:22 when Ugnius Cizas fired in a shot from close range that went in over Hedley’s shoulder, to make it 5-1 after 40 minutes.
The third period was a fairly quiet affair but predictably it was the Lightning who opened the scoring again on 51:05 when Antti Holli netted after good work from Hook and Cownie but it was Jon Kirk who closed the scoring for the Pirates in this game and the season on 59:40 with a fine unassisted goal. Lightning winning on the night 6-2 extending their season for another week and sending the Pirates on holiday after a topsy-turvy season.
Picture Credit: Lois Tomlinson.