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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: MK Lightning v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 9:22pm Saturday 9th March 2013 in Sport
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- Milton Keynes 10-2 Swindon Wildcats
- Swindon crushed in the Thunderdome
- Ryan Aldridge's troops torn apart in third period
- Blaz Emersic scores hat-trick inside 10 minutes
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
That's it for tonight. Join me tomorrow from 5.30pm for coverage of Swindon's home clash with Basingstoke.
Total shots on goal were 36-33 in MK's favour. Just shows that stats don't always tell the story.
It goes without saying that that was Wildcats' heaviest defeat of the season. They will need show some mental toughness to recover from such an emphatic loss. Basingstoke at the Link Centre tomorrow represents a chance to put things right.
Jokila was MK's man of the match.
Amazingly, Swindon outshot their hosts 13-10 in that last period.
For what it's worth, Bullas was Swindon's man of the match.
That is it. The punishment is over.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 10 Swindon 2, 57.55
Adam Carr slams in a 10th and this is a riot now. Swindon have been torn apart.
Dear oh dear...
Emersic took just nine minutes and two seconds to compile his hat-trick. Swift work.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 9 Swindon 2, 54.49
There is the Emersic hat-trick. Assists from Jamieson and Jokila, who have both had superb nights. Swindon must be absolutely desperate for the final buzzer at this point.
No joy there, I'm afraid.
Cats on the powerplay.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 8 Swindon 2, 46.44
Emersic again and the import is now on a hat-trick. The way this is going, you'd fancy him to get it.
It's really about stemming the tide now more than anything. Cats have to get a grip, and quickly.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 7 Swindon 2, 48.05
This is getting worse by the second. Jamieson hammers another nail into the Swindon coffin. Are MK done yet? Surprise, surprise, Jokila and Emersic are involved again - this time with assists.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 6 Swindon 2, 45.47
Emersic gives the hosts their sixth and that is most certainly game over now. Is it me or does that man always score against Swindon? For the record, the assist came from Jokila and Jamieson.
MK had 26 shots on goal in the first two periods while Swindon had 20.
Period three has started.
The start of period three is imminent.
Being one goal down in period three would not be daunting, but those two Swindon conceded before the end of the second period have rendered the task infinitely more difficult. Wildcats must find three goals from somewhere in the final 20 minutes or face defeat.
That is the end of the second period. Time to collect thoughts and regroup.
Suddenly my prediction that this definitely won't end 5-4 doesn't look nearly as secure.
GOALS! Milton Keynes 5 Swindon 2, 34.22 and 35.19
Well, what did I tell you? Tvrdek and McPherson strike twice inside the space of a minute and suddenly Cats are seriously up against it.
There are certainly plenty more goals in this game.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 3 Swindon 2, 24.38
Sam Bullas teams up with imports Sandvik and Perkkio to bring the visitors back to within a goal. Busy couple of minutes at the Thunderdome.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 3 Swindon 1, 23.09, PP
Chinn takes advantage of Whitfield's absence to extend the MK lead on the powerplay.
Stevie Whitfield called for hooking.
Period two is underway.
The players will be back out shortly.
That's the end of the first period.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 2 Swindon 1, 19.09, PP
Cats cannot hold out until the first break. Adam Carr puts MK in front for the first time on the powerplay from Kamil Tvrdek and Jokila.
Matias Perkkio has been called for hooking and Cats will be a man down for the last two minutes of this period.
Sheffield's play-off hopes could be over come the end of tonight, they are losing 2-1 at Telford while Bracknell are now 3-2 up against Slough.
The plan for Slough to suffer defeat is not going well. The Jets have levelled against Bracknell and it's 2-2.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 1 Swindon 1, 9.20
MK have levelled things up through the wonderfully-named Janne Jokila. The assists came from Nicky Chinn and Blaz Emersic.
I would bet my monthly salary on the fact it will not be a 5-4 win for Swindon at the Thunderdome, as per last time back in January.
GOAL! Milton Keynes 0 Swindon 1, 2.29
What a start! Loris Taylor gets off the mark from Aldridge's assist and Cats have the lead. Surely not a repeat of the previous thriller here?
Big 2 points up for grabs tonight really need to take our chances #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 09 March 2013
And we are underway.
Stephen Wall is in net for MK while Murdy is between the pipes for Swindon.
Officials are Solovjovs (referee), Earl and Carrington.
In MK team news, they have a full roster plus youngster Connor Goode.
@swindonwildcats good luck tonight lads, you can do it, lets take them 2 points home— @hegwighawks 09 March 2013
Slough are currently losing 2-1 to Bracknell, which would do Swindon's hopes of a top-half finish the power of good if it stays like that.
Face-off is due at 7pm here.
You can tweet throughout thje game using #swindonwildcats or just write your comments below. The best opinions/rants will be reprinted in the main part of this liveblog.
Theoretically, Wildcats should have plenty in the tank tonight with three forwards back in the line-up. They have been struggling in the third period of late and it took all their energy reserves to win against Slough last Sunday. That and netminder Tom Murdy.
A rare position of luxury for head coach Ryan Aldridge with so many forwards at his disposal.
Missing for Cats tonight are usual suspects Jamie Hayes and Lee Richardson alongside D-man Shane Moore. Both Loris and Floyd Taylor are back as expected as is Henri Sandvik. With five imports available, defenceman Jan Melichar is the man missing out.
Dropping the puck tonight will be local lad James Nash, who is a fairly useful driver in the world of Touring Cars.
Good evening. Swindon are away at Milton Keynes tonight. If you turned up at the Link Centre expecting a game, hard luck.