SWINDON Wildcats battled back from a difficult start to secure their first home win of the EPL season with a morale boosting 5-4 overtime victory over MK Lightning.
Face-off at the Link Centre was delayed after a number of Cats players struggled to get through heavy traffic, with things quickly getting worse as three soft goals saw the hosts trail 3-1 after only eight minutes.
However, despite being rocked early on, Cats kept battling in a contest which went to the extra session, before Jan Kostal proved to be the hero as he smacked an effort in off the bar.
In what proved to be a fairly even contest, Michael Farn scored a soft unassisted goal to open the scoring as he poked back Shane Moore’s clearance into the bottom corner of Stevie Lyle’s goal.
A leveller soon arrived thanks to Ollie Betteridge as he slammed home Adam Harding’s assist, but two quick goals, both of which seemed soft, had the hosts on the back foot.
The first came through Jordan Cownie as he made it through the Cats line to dribble a shot past Lyle before Ross Green made it three as his shot hit Lyle on the pad and trickled through his legs into the net.
Tomasz Malasinski just about connected with Aaron Nell’s fired shot to reduce the deficit by the end of the first session and, with Lightning pushing hard at the start of the second, Harding levelled matters as his lofted effort somehow found a way past Jordan Headley.
From there the hosts took control, as Harding, Betteridge, Nell and Richardson all had efforts saved, before a rare goal from Smith saw Cats take the lead for the first time following good work behind the net from Taylor.
The even contest was soon level again as Stanislv Lascek made a powerplay count, with Betteridge in the bin, but neither side could find a vital goal as the contest headed to overtime.
From there, with Cats still on the powerplay, the hosts pushed forward and were rewarded with Kostal’s thunderous effort which sent the Link Centre crowd wild.