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That kind of gave us a boost for the rest of the game. Two minutes into the second half Amelia Lavallee made a huge break through the centre of the defence and offloaded to Daisy Fahey who went over for her first try. Not only did the tally tie the game at two but it also marked the th point of Stamkos' career. He somehow avoided serious injury and was able to return for the second. The Lightning faced an immediate setback, losing their opening game in the tournament to Hicksville. New Zealand reacted by adjusting their entire midcourt and made changes at both ends, with Te Paea Selby-Rickit going into goal shooter and Temalisi Fakahokotau into goal keeper. Fortunately, they'll have four days to work on those deficiencies before playing their next game Thursday at home versus Vancouver.
There was, however, time for a little last minute entertainment when Martin Mazanec and Tyler Biggs dropped the gloves for an indecisive bout, neither victorious but fighting penalties were dished out to both. Things are beginning to look up for MK Lightning.
Since the departure of head coach Doug McKay, they have ended their record-breaking losing streak and despite losing to Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, Lightning stunned champions Cardiff Devils with a thrilling over-time win in Wales on Sunday. Hat-trick from unusual suspect as Lightning win again.
Lightning climb off the bottom with Coventry win.
Megan Goddard opted to take the points and the half ended with Gloucester-Hartpury leading Two minutes into the second half Amelia Lavallee made a huge break through the centre of the defence and offloaded to Daisy Fahey who went over for her first try. Another dominant catch and drive then set the forwards up 5 metres out and the Lightning were penalised for being offside. The penalty was taken quickly and Gloucester-Hartpury built phases through the forwards before quick hands from the backs sent Sarah Nicholas over in the corner.
Loughborough began to look dangerous as they offloaded well out of contact, but were unable to keep hold of the ball. Gloucester-Hartpury won another scrum penalty which was taken quickly by Milly Wallis who ran 60m to score under the posts. Form goes out of the window when these two teams meet!
Both teams won their respective home games in this competition last season. Don't miss out at Kingsholm Stadium, as we turn on the Christmas Lights! A Christmas Carol sing-a-long, mince pies and festive games alongside the Gloucester Rugby squad!