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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Swindon Wildcats v MK Lightning

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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

10:11pm

That's it. MK hold on for the win.

10:10pm

Brittle misses an empty net.

10:09pm

Time out called by Swindon. Some 31 seconds left.

10:08pm

Penalty killed. Less than a minute left.

10:06pm

Swindlehurst off for slashing. Swindon did not need that.

10:06pm

Three minutes.

10:00pm

Six minutes left.

9:52pm

There are 12 minutes left, by the way. Wall is back on his feet.

9:51pm

Wall is down after taking a whack.

9:47pm

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.

9:41pm

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.

9:39pm

Period three is underway and MK have killed their penalty.

9:37pm

The players are back out.

9:34pm

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.

9:32pm

Five minutes away from the start of the third period.

9:19pm

Green has eight seconds of his penalty left to serve when period three begins.

9:19pm

That's the end of the second period.

9:17pm

Ross Green gets two minutes for tripping.

9:14pm

Cats back to full strength.

9:14pm

We're off again.

9:13pm

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.

9:09pm

Penalty killed.

9:07pm

Aaron Nell strikes wide. Great chance.

9:06pm

Sam Bullas serves two minutes for too many men.

9:06pm

The Swindon powerplay has not been fantastic tonight. You can tell they are missing plenty of players.

9:05pm

Penalty killed.

9:03pm

Two minutes for Chinn for hooking.

9:01pm

Swindon just starting to crank up the pressure now, but still no end product.

8:59pm

We have passed the halfway point at the Link Centre.

8:54pm

Penalty killed.

8:53pm

Swindlehurst is indeed fine.

8:50pm

Looked like high sticks there with makeshift forward Swindlehurst going down in a heap. Fairly sure he'll be back.

8:50pm

Shane Moore has been handed two minutes for hooking.

8:48pm

Think Skinns just took a puck in the face from Tvrdek. He's OK but in the wars tonight!

8:42pm

Penalty killed by Cats.

8:41pm

The second period has begun.

8:39pm

And here they are.

8:39pm

The players will be back out in a matter of moments. Don't forget Joe Baird still has 50 seconds to serve for interference.

8:34pm

8:33pm

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.

8:24pm

That's the end of the first period. Not a classic.

8:23pm

Five on four.

8:23pm

Joe Baird off for interference. It's a five on three.

8:20pm

Two minutes for Jan Melichar for slashing.

8:20pm

It has not been a great game and Swindon have not been very good. Quite fortunate to only be a goal behind.

8:15pm

Skinns collides with Leigh Jamieson. He looks OK.

8:12pm

Paul Swindlehurst is playing as a forward tonight. Can only assume this is due to Swindon's current injury problems.

8:09pm

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.

8:06pm

Sandvik sends a wristshot off the post!

8:05pm

Cats have been distinctly off the pace so far.

8:04pm

Penalty killed.

8:03pm

Henri Sandvik tries to break the deadlock and ends up in a heap in front of the net.

8:02pm

Nicky Chinn serving two minutes for MK.

7:59pm

MK have had all the early pressure. Swindon have just had their first attempt, which saw Aaron Nell nearly hit the ceiling!

7:57pm

Dean Skinns and Stephen Wall in goal tonight, by the way.

7:54pm

The game is underway.

7:52pm

Anthem done.

7:51pm

Players being introduced.

7:50pm

MK are out. And here come the Wildcats!

7:46pm

Not icing for MK are Chris Wiggins, Ross Bowers and Lukas Zatopek.

7:45pm

Lights off.

7:41pm

Several minutes away from the players coming back out.

7:39pm

Referees tonight are Stephen Matthews and Timothy Pickett. Linesmen are Stephen Thrower and Joshua Dolphin.

7:37pm

Out comes the Zamboni.

7:35pm

The players have been asked to clear the ice, which they are doing, albeit slowly.

7:30pm

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.

7:27pm

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.

7:25pm

Feel free to get your opinions across using the comments section below or on Twitter using #swindonwildcats. If you don't, nobody will hear you!

7:22pm

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.

7:14pm

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.

7:11pm

MK were out on the ice first and Swindon have just joined them.

7:10pm

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.

7:09pm

Hello and welcome to the Link Centre where Swindon tonight face Milton Keynes in a match postponed from last month.

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