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ICE HOCKEY PLAY-OFFS LIVE: Milton Keynes Lightning v Swindon Wildcats
This live event has finished
- Wildcats visit Milton Keynes Lightning at the Skydome in Coventry.
- Lightning hold a 3-2 lead from the first-leg last night.
- Cats won 3-0 in their last visit to the Skydome earlier this month.
I'm going to sign off after another successful weekend for Cats.
They are heading back to Coventry on Saturday for finals weekend!
Read my full report and reaction in tomorrow's Adver.
Well Wildcats fans I've hope you've had a safe journey home and that you've started to get your voices back...you'll need them next weekend.
Ryan Aldridge said after the game: "We knew that we just had to win the game, not necessarily by two goals.
"Let us now concentrate on winning next Saturday before we start to think about winning the whole thing."
Stevie Lyle is Cats man of the match, he was immense
The players and fans have gone wild, they will all be back here next weekend
THAT IS IT CATS HAVE WON THE TIE, THEY'VE WON 3-1 ON THE NIGHT AND 4-2 ON AGGREGATE
Just 11 seconds left
Cats are back in front
Kostal was brought down in front of the Lightning goal ready to shoot, he runs the penalty and slips it past Wall on 59.33
There are just 36 seconds left
Oh dear, Lightning score with 2.02 remaining Carlon puts them level overall
Lascek shoots on 57.50, but Lyle saves
Sandvik was penalised for hooking
Lightning have called a time out
Now Sandvik is binned on 56.44
Three and a half minutes for Cats to hold on
Now Stevie Whitfield is binned for tripping Carlon as he was about to pull the trigger
Cats back to full strength
This back to the wall stuff from Cats with less than five minutes to go, Lyle is being immense
YESSSSSS C'MON CATS! Not long left now! #wildcatslive #goal— @Caam3747 30 March 2014
#wildcatslive nail biting stuff! Come on Swindon!— @charrabi1 30 March 2014
#wildcatslive *scared whisper* Is this actually going to happen!? Major stress.....— @sillenr 30 March 2014
Sam Godfrey is binned for tripping, but if he hadn't Lightning would have scored, taking one for the team
This tie isn't over by a long shot, but it now favours Cats
Yeeeee haaaaaa #GOAL!! #wildcatslive— @hegwighawks 30 March 2014
Henri Sandvik fires Cats 2-0 up on the night, and 4-2 on aggregate, on 49.57 when he tucks away Kostal's pass
Both Smith and Jamieson are available to ice again
He was penalised for interference
Moore is sent to the bin on 48.22
Aaron Nell fires Cats into the lead on 47.08 and brings the tie level after he was played in by Jan Kostal.
Come on cats massive 20 minutes ahead #wildcatslive— @scottellis180 30 March 2014
Six minutes into this final period and it is still 0-0
Cats back to full strength
Emersic shoots from range but Lyle saves
Hoog gets a two minute rest for tripping
And it is Lightning who go on the attack, but Carlon's shoots wide
And we are underway for the final period
There is a huge cheer from the large travelling section of Cats fans as the players return to the ice
Here we go for the biggest 20 minutes of Wildcats season, the players are back out for the final period
The most scary 20mins coming up! Dont know if my nerves can handle it! Come on you Cats! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 30 March 2014
The second period was a fiesty affair, but alas for Wildcats another goalless 20 minutes. They need a goal to force this play-off into overtime, or two to win it outright
@SwinWildcats have 20 long, long miles to get at least a 1 goal lead. They're good value for it. Let's go... #wildcatslive— @stripes 30 March 2014
End of period 2 it's still 0-0, Lightning still lead 3-2 on aggregate
Into the final minute of the period
Less than 2 minutes of the period remain
Bowers is back for MK
Hoog twice tries his luck from range but he can't find a way through Wall
Sandvik is sent crashing to the ice and now Ross Bowers is binned following another fracas
They both got binned for spearing
Come on @SwinWildcats we need a goal!!! I can feel one coming!!! #wildcatsLive #faith— @ThatCurlyBird 30 March 2014
Smith and Leigh Jamieson get binned as tempers boil over
Six minutes of the second period remain
Pekkarinen tries his luck from range but Wall catches the puck
Carlon is back, but for how long?
Carlon returns but is quickly back in the bin for high sticks
Cats piled on the pressure but could not force the puck home
Hoog goes on the attack but Wall saves
Lascek is back for Lightning
Nell should have done better there but skies the puck
Tom Carlon gets a rest for elbowing
Harding tries his luck for Cats by Wall saves
And is tripped by Lascek, who is binned
Sandvik is back
Farn shoots but Lyle saves
Lightning back to full strength
Sandvik is binned for boarding
Kostal shoots but his effort is saved by Stephen Wall
Grant McPherson is binned for slashing
Come on cats, do us proud! We can do this! #wildcatslive— @ChersPrincessEm 30 March 2014
And we are underway again
A big 20 minutes is required by Cats
The players are back on the ice for the second period
Cats players are starting to emerge for the second period
Some tense moments in that period & still anyones game! We need some magic now in 2nd period pls! #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 30 March 2014
It was an even first period, Cats are desperately trying to overhaul this deficit
End of period one it's 0-0, Lightning lead 3-2 on aggregate
"We move like cagey tigers, Oh, we couldn't get closer than this" Love Cats! http://t.co/sIUsf3qWVf #wildcatslive— @Grimly_Feendish 30 March 2014
Just under 2 minutes of the first period remain
Lightning back to full strength
It's all getting a bit feisty here
Ross Green is binned for the hosts for interference
Cats are trying hard but Lightning are being patient with their build up play
Nell is back on the ice
Aaron Nell is binned for tripping, he didn't even wait for the official to tell him
Stevie Lyle makes a save after Jordan Cownie shoots
Both teams back to full strength as Jan Kostal tries his luck
Come on you Cats #wildcatslive http://t.co/PuPItmBsYp— @MarcoTrinci 30 March 2014
Both teams have had players sent to the bin, Smith and Lascek
5:18pm Sun 30 Mar 14
Who are the officials tonight?
O'Hallaran, Earl, Hamilton and Matthews
There is a nervous edge to Cats in the opening few minutes
#wildcatslive. Are we a noisy barmy army tonight?— @tapesup1949 30 March 2014
Sam Smith has Cats first shot, it goes wide
And we are underway
Here we go, an hour for Cats to turn this tie around and book their place at finals weekend
Now the Lightning have taken to the ice
Come On. You. 'Cats! #believe #bleedred #wildcatslive— @stripes 30 March 2014
Cats players are on the ice
Cats players are on the edge of the ice, and I'm afraid to say Sam Bullas won't play.
Looks like someone forgot to change the clocks #wildcatslive http://t.co/4rMy90bb2Z— @michaelreeves78 30 March 2014
@SwinWildcats #wildcatslive good luck tonight lads. Last night was a learning curve showing you the path to victory #100% #PMA #CARPEDIEM— @hegwighawks 30 March 2014
All the best to the Wildcats tonight but ,,,, I see a 4-2 win for MK. Though a 2-0 Cat win would be lovely ! #wildcatslive— @bates_j_uk 30 March 2014
Pretty good turn out for the boys tonight! Makes u proud to be a Cats fan, we believe!! #wildcatslive http://t.co/CCiEDHIZDR— @Faithangeljoy 30 March 2014
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When I got here, Sam Bullas was hobbling around the Skydome with his ankle heavily strapped.
He didn't take part in the warm-up either.
Bullas sustained the injury in the first period last night, but came back to play through the pain barrier.
Just how much that has taken put him I don't, as soon I as I know whether he is playing or not I'll let you know.
As far as I can see it is only Bullas who isn't warming up for @SwinWildcats here at the Skydome, he got injured last night #wildcatslive— @michaelreeves78 30 March 2014
Good evening and welcome to ice hockey live.
It is all pretty for Wildcats tonight, win by two clear goals or the play-offs are over for another year.
Lightning won the first-leg at the Link Centre last night 3-2, however, Cats won 3-0 here earlier this month.
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