ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v MK Lightning
Updated 10:12pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in Sport
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- Swindon Wildcats 1-2 MK Lightning
- Cats defeated by visitors in rescheduled clash
- First of three-game spell in four days
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
That's it. MK hold on for the win.
Brittle misses an empty net.
Time out called by Swindon. Some 31 seconds left.
Penalty killed. Less than a minute left.
Swindlehurst off for slashing. Swindon did not need that.
Six minutes left.
There are 12 minutes left, by the way. Wall is back on his feet.
Wall is down after taking a whack.
GOAL! Swindon 1 Milton Keynes 2, 45.24
Cats fight for the puck out wide. Ryan Aldridge sends it inside to Sandvik and the Finn finally gets his team off the mark. We have a game at last.
GOAL! Swindon 0 Milton Keynes 2, 40.13
Skinns is on the floor and Jamieson has a few stabs at the puck, eventually forcing it over the line. A very soft goal. Assists for Blaz Emersic and Adam Brittle.
Period three is underway and MK have killed their penalty.
The players are back out.
Shots on goal in period two were 10 by Swindon and 13 by Milton Keynes. That's 19 in total for Cats and 24 for MK.
Five minutes away from the start of the third period.
Green has eight seconds of his penalty left to serve when period three begins.
That's the end of the second period.
Ross Green gets two minutes for tripping.
Cats back to full strength.
We're off again.
A bit of a delay here, while a small patch of ice in the middle of the rink is repaired. Sandvik's blood on it I believe.
Aaron Nell strikes wide. Great chance.
Sam Bullas serves two minutes for too many men.
The Swindon powerplay has not been fantastic tonight. You can tell they are missing plenty of players.
Two minutes for Chinn for hooking.
Swindon just starting to crank up the pressure now, but still no end product.
We have passed the halfway point at the Link Centre.
Swindlehurst is indeed fine.
Looked like high sticks there with makeshift forward Swindlehurst going down in a heap. Fairly sure he'll be back.
Shane Moore has been handed two minutes for hooking.
Think Skinns just took a puck in the face from Tvrdek. He's OK but in the wars tonight!
Penalty killed by Cats.
The second period has begun.
And here they are.
The players will be back out in a matter of moments. Don't forget Joe Baird still has 50 seconds to serve for interference.
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Shots on goal for period one were 11 by MK and nine by Swindon. If I'm honest, I thought the gap was bigger than that.
That's the end of the first period. Not a classic.
Five on four.
Joe Baird off for interference. It's a five on three.
Two minutes for Jan Melichar for slashing.
It has not been a great game and Swindon have not been very good. Quite fortunate to only be a goal behind.
Skinns collides with Leigh Jamieson. He looks OK.
Paul Swindlehurst is playing as a forward tonight. Can only assume this is due to Swindon's current injury problems.
GOAL! Swindon 0 Milton Keynes 1, 9.04
Well, it's been coming. The not-so-retired Nick Poole scores from Kamil Tvrdek and Janne Jokila. MK are good value for their lead.
Sandvik sends a wristshot off the post!
Cats have been distinctly off the pace so far.
Henri Sandvik tries to break the deadlock and ends up in a heap in front of the net.
Nicky Chinn serving two minutes for MK.
MK have had all the early pressure. Swindon have just had their first attempt, which saw Aaron Nell nearly hit the ceiling!
Dean Skinns and Stephen Wall in goal tonight, by the way.
The game is underway.
Players being introduced.
MK are out. And here come the Wildcats!
Not icing for MK are Chris Wiggins, Ross Bowers and Lukas Zatopek.
Several minutes away from the players coming back out.
Referees tonight are Stephen Matthews and Timothy Pickett. Linesmen are Stephen Thrower and Joshua Dolphin.
Out comes the Zamboni.
The players have been asked to clear the ice, which they are doing, albeit slowly.
For what it's worth, Swindon will move onto 50 points for the season if they win tonight. That would leave them two points off the top half of the table.
There's a few supporters drifting in. A shame for Swindon really. They would have had more in the original Sunday night fixture last month.
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It's evening is the start of an extremely tough schedule for Swindon. Cats take on Telford at home on Saturday and Manchester away on Sunday. That's three games in four days. Not easy to say the least.
Not icing for Swindon this evening are Tomas Fojtik, Floyd Taylor, Loris Taylor, Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes. Head coach Ryan Aldridge told me earlier today that he hoped that Joe Baird would be fit again, and he has just entered the rink, so it appears he is OK. Jan Melichar returns to action following an arm injury.
MK were out on the ice first and Swindon have just joined them.
A very strange atmosphere at the Link this evening, entirely down to the fact that there are almost no supporters here yet. Hopefully one or two will trickle in during the next half an hour.
Hello and welcome to the Link Centre where Swindon tonight face Milton Keynes in a match postponed from last month.