Ice Hockey - Manchester Phoenix 4-1 Milton Keynes Lightning

BACK to back goals ten seconds apart put Manchester Phoenix out of sight on Sunday night as they battled past the Lightning to top the English Premier League.

Third period strikes from Robert Schnabel and Richard Bentham put Phoenix 4-1 up in a close battle that could have gone either way.

In the opening period, Phoenix went 1-0 up through a floated effort from Tony Hand which evaded Lightning netminder Steve Wall but in the closing minute of the period the visitors drew level on the powerplay via Stanislav Lascek.

A powerplay goal from Michal Psurny put the home side back in front mid way through the second period but it took some stellar shot stopping from netminder Steve Fone and good penalty killing to keep the visitors out.

In the final period the quick fire double from Manchester gave Tony Hands side the cushion they needed to lock up the points.

The win, couple with a 4-2 victory in Swindon on Saturday, ensured a maximum points weekend and pushed Phoenix past Guildford back on top of the pile.

Man of the Match James Neil said: “MK always give us a hard game and tonight was no exception. We took our chances and it is a good feeling to go back to top of the league as we head towards Christmas.”

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