New-look Peterborough DALROD Phantoms created a fine first impression by claiming the scalp of Elite League opponents in their opening pre-season match..
The city side, containing nine new recruits, saw off higher-level Hull Stingrays 6-3 in a high-action challenge clash at Planet Ice.
There was goaltending of the highest order and goalscoring contributions from two of the club’s new forwards in a pleasing all-round team performance.
Latvian netminder Janis Auzins was a clear man-of-the-match. A man who has only been in the country for six days was magnificent throughout his 56 minutes on the ice as he produced a stack of fine stops – not least of all when keeping out a Dominic Osman penalty shot in the first period.
At the opposite end of the rink Czech frontman Milan Baranyk enjoyed the perfect start to his Phantoms career by opening his account just 43 seconds into his first outing.
Baranyk later added another goal to his collection and probably should have had a hat-trick. He could even have bagged four as a couple of one-on-one opportunities went begging.
A second goal from the returning Tom Norton doubled Phantoms’ lead before Kurtis Dulle nicked one back, but Edgars Bebris (a man who sounds like he should be an import, but isn’t) announced his arrival from English Premier League rivals Sheffield Steeldogs with a third for Phantoms.
He also tapped in their fourth as the two teams traded goals either side of the midway point and Phantoms still had more to offer in the final session.
The lively Darius Pliskauskas got the goal he deserved before Baranyk coolly brought up the half-dozen. Hull netted a late consolation through Tom Ralph as replacement Phantoms netminder Dan Lane was beaten by one of the two shots he faced after replacing Auzins.
This opening pre-season match was far from friendly on occasions. There were at least three bouts of handbags and a full-blown dust-up in which debutant Alan Lack endeared himself to the Phantoms faithful by dishing out a pasting to Stingrays man CJ Chartrain late in the opening session.
An already relatively short-benched Stingrays side was stretched further by the ejection of Yan Turcotte on a match penalty after a high-sticking offence which drew blood from player-coach Slava Koulikov during the second period.
However Hull could have no complaints about the outcome as Phantoms laid down a very promising marker ahead of a return clash in Humberside on Wednesday (September 3 – 7pm Face-Off).
You can find the match stats via the link below, or by clicking on the match in the Fixtures page.
Report courtesy of The Peterborough Evening Telegraph