By SAMANTHA HILL
For the second time in less than a week, the magic touch belonged to the Louisville Lightning.
The Lightning defeated the Kansas Magic on Feb. 3, marking their fourth consecutive win on the season. It was also their second straight win over the Magic in less than six days. Louisville remains undefeated at home this season with two regular season games left.
The game featured the debut of two new Lightning players, brothers Chris and John Markey. Alabama natives by way of Kansas City, both players have already made an impact.
Chris Markey scored the final goal of the game for the Lightning, bringing the score to 10-6 before the buzzer.
Markey’s performance becomes more impressive considering he arrived in town the night before the game, participating in exactly one practice session prior to his debut.
Although these two new players had a significant influence on the game, several Lightning regulars also performed to secure a victory.
Tee Shipalane commenced the scoring in the first quarter, while Othaniel Yanez and Corey Maret worked in tandem to earn another goal for the Lightning less than a minute later. Louisville veteran John Michael Hayden nailed a shot with seven minutes left in the first quarter, allowing the Lightning to capture a 3-2 lead.
The Lightning held on to their lead into halftime with a 4-2 advantage, and the third and fourth quarters saw an offensive burst that secured their chances of victory. Simon Bird, Ross Hopkins, Corey Maret, Ryan McDonald, Darren Yeagle, and newcomer Chris Markey all contributed to the final score of 10-6.
All the pieces are falling into place for the Lightning. In year three, they’re poised to make potentially their deepest playoff run in franchise history.
Considering the team lost two key players to other clubs during the season, the success is even more appreciated. The Lightning now has to close the season on a two-game run to position themselves for their best campaign in franchise history.
First up, the Lightning will once again fight to preserve their undefeated streak at home on Feb. 10 against the Ohio Vortex at 7:30 p.m. They follow that up with the regular season home finale against the Detroit Waza on Feb. 24.