The TSI World Bees played a home and away weekend with the Milton Keynes Lightning starting on the road on Saturday.
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The home team forged a lead just 45 seconds into the game through Liam Stewart and doubled that lead at 7.02 thanks to Adam Laishram before Dominic Gabaj scored a powerplay goal for the Bees at 12.20. Bobby Chamberlain netted with the man advantage at 19.36 to end the first period 3-1.
28 seconds into the second period Stewart scored his second before Sam Talbot netted at 25.45. Juha Lindgren pulled one back for the Bees at 32.24 but Laishram netted his second at 34.04 to give the Lightning a commanding 6-2 lead heading to the second interval.
Gabaj’s second came just 13 seconds into the third period before Laishram scored his hat-trick with a delayed penalty goal at 43.16. Not to be outdone Gabaj also completed his hat-track at 54.54 for 7-4 and with just 2 seconds left on the clock Bayley Harewood netted a powerplay goal to conclude the scoring at 7-5.
Sunday night saw the teams play out the reverse fixture in Slough
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Ed Bradley was on hand to open the scoring at 1.35 with remained the only goal at the 20 minute buzzer.
Josh Martin netted the Bees second just 22 seconds into the second period but with the celebrations of that goal barely finished Lightning opened their account through Sean Norris at 21.03. Bobby Chamberlain scored at 24.56, converting a powerplay for level before James Galazzi found the back of the net at 36.21, also on the powerplay however Chamberlain’s second levelled the game at 3-3 at 38.27
A powerplay goal from Chamberlain completed his hat-trick at 45.29 and as the Bees pulled the goaltender to try and force their way back into the game Liam Stewart scored into the empty net with 22 seconds left to secure the win.