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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Milton Keynes Lightning v Swindon Wildcats

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  • Milton Keynes 3-1 Swindon Wildcats (result)
  • Lightning scorers: Leigh Jamieson, Blaz Emersic (2)
  • Wildcats scorer: Aaron Nell
  • Swindon miss out on fourth straight win
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  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

10:02pm

Thank you for joining me. Ice Hockey Live will return soon.

10:00pm

Top five will not be achieved this weekend but there's plenty of games left in the season.

10:00pm

I have to say I think MK deserved it. They had Swindon's number. Again.

9:59pm

9:57pm

Wildcats' man of the match is Nell.

9:55pm

RESULT

Milton Keynes 3 Wildcats 1.

9:55pm

GOAL! Milton Keynes 3 Wildcats 1, 59.53

Lyle is pulled and Emersic has the simple task of scooting down the left wing, diving inside and shooting into the net. Easy as you like.

9:53pm

Nineteen seconds.

9:52pm

One minute.

9:51pm

Nell tries a slapshot from behind the blueline but Wall gloves easily. 1.33 left.

9:50pm

MK happy to run the clock down with a man advantage.

9:50pm

There are two and a half minutes left. One goal feels like a mountain right now.

9:49pm

Lyle did well to keep out a puck that nearly deflected in off Whitfield.

9:46pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Hoog penalised with a 5+game for a check to the head.

9:44pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Jamieson called for tripping.

9:43pm

9:43pm

Big slapshot from range by Zatopek which Lyle blocks with his left pad.

9:42pm

Six minutes to go. Still MK lead 2-1.

9:41pm

Pile-up in front of the net and Nell is there. Unfortunately, so is Wall. He has been very good tonight.

9:40pm

Swindon need to start thinking about gambling fairly soon.

9:39pm

Over from Nell. That was a half-decent chance.

9:38pm

MK looking by far the more likely at this stage.

9:38pm

A smidge over eight minutes left.

9:38pm

9:37pm

9:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says

Beginning to think you're on the bottle Ned :D

Don't be cheeky.

9:37pm

Lyle stops from Lukas Zatopek and then takes a whack from the MK import. Zatopek apologises.

9:36pm

I wouldn't say it's exactly the Alamo right now.

9:34pm

 

 

9:33pm

In situations where they don't appear likely to score, of late Swindon have managed to do just that.

9:27pm

Lyle is comfortable with Carlon's fizzer.

9:27pm

9:26pm

Just over 16 minutes to play and Cats need a goal.

9:23pm

Correction on the first MK goal. Was scored by Jamieson, not Adam Carr.

9:22pm

9:21pm

THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY

9:20pm

And here are the players. That felt like an eternity.

9:19pm

I've said it before and I will say it again. I'd take OT right now.

9:18pm

The zamboni's work is done.

9:18pm

9:17pm

The song Sweet Disposition has just come on. A tribute to Ryan Watt perhaps?

9:16pm

We're not far away from resuming.

9:09pm

Far from a disaster. Anything could happen.

9:08pm

A deathly silence falls upon the SkyDome.

9:05pm

Well, Swindon will not be going top five tonight. That is a fact.

9:05pm

EPL RESULTS

Basingstoke 5 Peterborough 4, Slough 2 Sheffield 8.

9:04pm

Strange period of hockey.

9:04pm

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD

9:02pm

Hoog to Nell to Taylor who shoots wide. Shame. Cracking play.

9:01pm

One minute left of the second period.

9:01pm

9:01pm

Those original penalties by the way... Sandvik got two minutes for diving and Janne Jokila got two for slashing. Both Watt and McPherson got 10 minute misconduct penalties.

8:59pm

PENALTY KILLED

Even a low Kostal drive couldn't get through.

8:58pm

The Swindon fans think Nell scored. Side-netting I'm afraid.

8:56pm

8:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says

That's more like it. Come on Guys, you can do this !

8:55pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Ross Green called for hooking.

8:53pm

BOTH TEAMS BACK TO FULL STRENGTH

8:52pm

8:51pm

GOAL! Milton Keynes 2 Wildcats 1, 32.21

Nell's slapshot squeezes through Wall and it's game on again. Sam Godfrey got an assist.

8:48pm

FOUR ON FOUR

After all that, Watt and one of his teammates are in the box, as are two of MK's lot. Aldridge is fuming.

8:47pm

This side of the game is pretty pathetic. Just get on with it.

8:46pm

Now Carlon is winding up Watt.

8:46pm

Grant McPherson drops the gloves. watt does not. In fact, he whacks McPherson's glove to the other side of the rink!

8:45pm

A break in play while the officials sort out some handbags.

8:43pm

8:42pm

8:42pm

Not a great couple of minutes for the Cats then. Lots of frustration evident.

8:40pm

Wildcats call a time out.

8:40pm

GOAL! Milton Keynes 2 Wildcats 0, 30.24

Swindon have a couple of chances to get the puck out but don't take them, allowing Emersic to send the puck arrowing across into the top-right corner with a lovely wristshot. Bang.

8:37pm

GOAL! Milton Keynes 1 Wildcats 0, 29.03

MK fly forward, Jordan Cownie zips one into the slot from the right wing and Leigh Jamieson slams high to Lyle's right. The netminder had no chance with that one. Blaz Emersic also gets an assist.

8:36pm

The visitors were a bit too careful for my liking on that powerplay. Should have shot earlier a couple of times.

8:35pm

PENALTY KILLED

8:34pm

Swindon defending on their own powerplay. Weird.

8:33pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Jamieson sits for holding.

8:32pm

Hoog slips through a couple of challenges and finds Nell, who so nearly squeezes into the net from a narrow angle. The puck comes out off Wall's pad.

8:31pm

Six minutes gone in the second.

8:31pm

 

8:31pm

The Adver of course advocates responsible drinking. No more than a bottle of tequila per person at any one time.

8:30pm

8:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says

Come on Henri, get me a goal !!

8:30pm

Very much so. He loves it.

8:29pm

Carlon's shot nearly deflects wickedly into the net but misses the left post by six inches or so.

8:27pm

8:26pm

Lyle gloves high from Jordan Cownie.

8:23pm

PENALTY KILLED

8:23pm

This country.

8:22pm

SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY

8:21pm

There's at least three of you still with me. That's very positive. 

8:21pm

8:21pm

And here are the players.

8:20pm

Good to know.

8:19pm

8:19pm

The players are waiting to come back on.

8:18pm

You've all gone a bit quiet, are you still there? #wildcatslive

8:17pm

EPL RESULT

Bracknell 1 Telford 4.

8:16pm

Although, if I was Ryan Aldridge I'd take OT right now.

8:13pm

Well, in summary, it's been a perfectly decent game and Swindon have protected Lyle well, but we could do with some goals to liven this up a bit.

8:12pm

EPL LATEST

Bracknell 1 Telford 3, Basingstoke 4 Peterborough 4, Slough 2 Sheffield 6.

8:09pm

NIHL RESULT

Wildcats 5 Bristol Pitbulls 3.

8:06pm

There are 57 seconds left on Pekkarinen's penalty.

8:06pm

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD

8:05pm

Heavy slapshot from Farn is straight into Lyle's comfort zone.

8:03pm

MK POWERPLAY

Pekkarinen sits for slashing Janne Jokila as he closed in on Lyle.

8:03pm

One minute left in the first.

8:03pm

Lyle blocks well from Carlon from the right wing.

8:02pm

Nothing much from Cats there. Nell flicked one goalwards but it was fairly comfortable for Wall.

8:01pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:58pm

CATS POWERPLAY

7:57pm

Nell slaloms forward and is clipped by Tom Carlon with his stick. Blatant.

7:56pm

Nell scoops just over the bar.

7:54pm

Michael Farn is all over Lyle who smothers the puck to safety. Good work from the Welshman. All came about because Alex Symonds was slow to rear to a loose puck.

7:52pm

No real bite to the game so far. We need a goal.

7:50pm

Hoog denied from the edge of the crease by Wall. Good chance.

7:49pm

Nearly nine minutes gone.

7:48pm

Their usual place is undergoing a face lift.

7:47pm

Decent pressure from Wildcats these last couple of minutes. Nothing to really test Wall, though.

7:45pm

Lee Richardson tries a slapshot from halfway. Optimistic.

7:44pm

Stevie Whitfield bombs forward to try and get on the end of a Henri Sandvik pass, but ends up on his backside. Great industry, though.

7:41pm

In nets are Steve Wall and Stevie Lyle, by the way.

7:39pm

7:38pm

Swindon's starting line is Jonas Hoog, Floyd Taylor, Nell.

7:37pm

FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY

7:36pm

Huddles.

7:34pm

Players being introduced.

7:30pm

The players are waiting patiently to step on to the rink.

7:29pm

Technically speaking both teams are away tonight of course. No home games for MK these days.

7:28pm

That said, Sheffield are currently 3-0 up in Slough so Wildcats would most likely have to win tonight and then beat Guildford at the Link Centre tomorrow. Not impossible, but very tough.

7:27pm

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE?

Time to baffle you (and possibly myself) with some conjecture. It's conceivable that having been out of the play-offs altogether a fortnight ago, Swindon could end this weekend in the top half of the EPL. Ryan Aldridge's troops are two points behind Sheffield, who only have one game this weekend, so if Wildcats get at least one more win than the Steeldogs over tonight and tomorrow then they go fifth. If the teams are level on points, Swindon will take the higher placing in the table by virtue of their superior head-to-head record.

7:24pm

EPL LATEST

Bracknell 0 Telford 2, Basingstoke 2 Peterborough 3, Slough 0 Sheffield 3.

7:23pm

7:21pm

NIHL LATEST

Wildcats 5 Bristol Pitbulls 3. Michael Stratford and Jan Melichar the latest to score for the home team.

7:21pm

We are around 10 minutes from face-off.

7:19pm

Wildcats don't have the best record against MK in recent times. Can they really do it? #wildcatslive

7:18pm

7:17pm

ALDRIDGE VALUES WINS OVER ENTERTAINMENT

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge

Head coach Ryan Aldridge has admitted he is more than happy for Wildcats to bore spectators in their road games, as long as they have two points to take home at the end of the 60 minutes.

“If we play a boring game in Coventry then we’ve probably done our jobs,” said Aldridge.

“We know we have to commit to defence when we are on the road and I want us to be defensively as we were in Telford the other night, and take our chances when they come.

“Telford’s offence is so good now and we had to go in there and play a smart game. We protected Stevie (Lyle) well and they had a lot of shots from the outside and that’s the way we have to play on those big ice pads.

“Coventry is a big pad and until we made our changes, those probably suited us a bit more and we played better away than we did at home.

“Now we’ve brought in Aaron (Nell) and Jan (Kostal), we can’t start going really aggressive on the forecheck because it will end up hurting us. It’s going to be a tough weekend but it’s a weekend we can get points out of.”

7:16pm

7:14pm

Don't forget to get your tweets in using #wildcatslive and you can also comment in the comments section below.

7:14pm

7:13pm

Don't we all?

7:12pm

The players are leaving the ice as the warm-up comes to an end.

7:11pm

Shout out to the Wildcats fan a couple of rows in front of me wearing shorts tonight. It's been a while since I've seen that at a hockey game. Apart from the players of course...

7:08pm

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7:08pm

TEAM NEWS

Very little to report tonight given that the Wildcats line-up is exactly the same as it was when Swindon won 2-1 in Telford on Tuesday. Sam Smith was hoping to come back but I'm told he felt light-headed when skating at practice on Thursday, so the forward will sit out proceedings.

7:07pm

Hopefully a poll will appear below in the next minute or so... get voting!

7:07pm

7:05pm

NIHL LATEST

Wildcats 3 Bristol Pitbulls 2. Goalscorers Prince, Stratford and Taylor.

7:00pm

Good evening from the SkyDome Arena in Coventry where Swindon Wildcats will tonight aim to beat Milton Keynes Lightning for the first time this season. There have been three failed attempts so far but confidence is flowing after the Wildcats clocked up three straight wins in the last week, their best run of 2013/14 to date. Lots coming your way over the next few hours.

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8:27pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says...

I'm here, come on Cats !!
I'm here, come on Cats !! CamCat24
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8:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says...

Come on Henri, get me a goal !!
Come on Henri, get me a goal !! CamCat24
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8:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says...

That's more like it. Come on Guys, you can do this !
That's more like it. Come on Guys, you can do this ! CamCat24
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CamCat24 says...

Beginning to think you're on the bottle Ned :D
Beginning to think you're on the bottle Ned :D CamCat24
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