A short benched Peterborough Phantoms fell to the Milton Keynes Lightning despite a spirited performance from Slava Koulikov’s side.
The first period was relatively even, with both sides having a couple of chances each to get the go ahead goal.
Jarvis Hunt and Ales Padelek went close for the Phantoms, whilst Jordan Marr stood firm at the other end as the first frame ended goalless.
Bobby Chamberlain put MKL ahead with a redirect in front of net on the power play, before Sean Norris wristed an effort beyond Marr to double the advantage.
Liam Stewart made it three early in the third, before Chamberlain added his second of the night to put the home side into a comfortable lead.
Phantoms got on the board through Ross Clarke, who rushed into the zone and took a pass from Jasper Foster, before firing through the five hole of Matt Smital.
Norris resorted MKL’s four goal lead with 48:15 on the clock.
But the Phantoms didn’t roll over. Tom Barry notched his first Phantoms goal with a shot into the top corner to threaten an unlikely comeback.
Duncan Speirs made it a two goal game in the final minute, but the Phantoms return home without any points despite a hearty performance.
MKL visit Planet Ice Peterborough tomorrow night. Doors open at 6:30pm, with face off at 7:30pm.
30:38 (MK 1-0 PP): #10 Bobby Chamberlain / #16 Liam Stewart / #19 Leigh Jamieson (PPG)
38:49 (MK 2-0 PP): #86 Sean Norris (unassisted) (EHG)
40:59 (MK 3-0 PP): #16 Liam Stewart (unassisted) (EHG)
43:56 (MK 4-0 PP): #10 Bobby Chamberlain / #98 Sam Talbot (EHG)
48:15 (MK 5-1 PP): #86 Sean Norris / #10 Bobby Chamberlain (EHG)
46:35 (MK 4-1 PP): #75 Ross Clarke / #95 Jasper Foster / # (EHG)
55:03 (MK 5-2 PP): #90 Tom Barry / #96 Jarvis Hunt / #93 Ales Padelek (EHG)
59:35 (MK 5-3 PP): #38 Duncan Speirs / #72 Glenn Billing / #93 Ales Padelek (EHG)
MKL man of the match: #86 Sean Norris
Phantoms man of the match: #75 Ross Clarke