BASINGSTOKE Bison completed their league campaign with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday night.
Later in the first period, Karpov tested MK goalie Stephen Wall twice in a matter of seconds and Joe Rand also forced a save from the netminder.
The second session saw the Bison double their lead, as Ciaran Long scored from close range.
Basingstoke goalie Dean Skinns produced a nice save at the back post to deny MK’s man-of-the-match Janne Jokila.
The first goal of the final period went to the Lightning, as a lovely drop pass from Stanislav Lascek saw Tom Carlon fire through the legs of Skinns.
The home side wrapped up the scoring at 50:03, on the powerplay, thanks to a clinical blue line strike from man-of-the-match Long.
The Bison now turn their attentions to the play-off and a quarter-final clash with the Sheffield Steeldogs.
The first game is in Yorkshire on Saturday, with the return on Sunday in Basingstoke (face-off 5.30pm).