Saturday evening saw the DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms travel to the Steel City to take on the Sheffield Steeldogs, and it was the Phantoms who came away with the points after a 3-2 penalty shootout victory.
The Phantoms were missing their contingent of Islanders players and were also missing Greg Pick who is still out for a hand injury.
Unlike the last visit to iceSheffield, both teams let their hockey skills do the talking this time around, and the crowd were given a demonstration of how EPL hockey should be played. Former Steeldog Edgars Bebris along with Milan Baranyk both tested Steeldogs netminder Dalibor Sedlar early on, whilst at the other end Janis Auzins was busy dealing with Steeldogs star forward Jeff Legue.
The only sour point of the opening period was Callum Brownleys slash across the back of Auzins which earnt the Steeldogs youngster a Game misconduct penalty.
After a scoreless opening period the Phantoms broke the deadlock on 22.48 when Milan Baranyk broke away from his marker and deked Sedlar with a nice forehand to backhand before firing past the confused Steeldogs netty.
Midway through the game and Steeldogs drew level after Greg Wood found Lloyd Gibson in front of goal to beat Auzins and make it a 1-1 game at the second break.
The third period started, like the second, with an early Phantoms goal. With Lee Haywood sitting a Holding penalty, the Phantoms controlled the puck in the Steeldogs zone. Darius Pliskauskas won the puck on the boards, and found Baranyk to the left of Sedlars goal. Baranyk faked left and right before pulling Sedlar out of position and cooly firing over his glove hand to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
As the clock ran down the Phantoms players, and large contingent of travelling fans, could have been forgiven for thinking they had the game sewn up, but the Steeldogs weren’t going to go down without a fight. The closing minutes saw the Steeldogs on a 5-on-3 powerplay as both Will Weldon sat for Delay of Game on 56.15 then Marc Levers joined him on a 2+10 Check to the Head penalty at 57.26. Phantoms were 2 seconds away from surviving the penalty kill when Jeff Legue unleashed a rocket from the blueline on 59.24 to bring the Steeldogs level and force overtime.
Overtime saw the Steeldogs have the upper hand, helped by a Phantoms penalty on 62.01 for having too many imports on the ice. Some good work by the Phantoms defence, and particularly Janis Auzins in the nets kept the Steeldogs out and it was onto Penalty Shots.
Round 1 saw both Milan Baranyk and Ludomir Korhon score for their respective teams.
Round 2 saw Darius Pliskauskas fire past Sedlar, wilst Tom Squires could only watch in despair as Auzins blocked his shot.
Round 3 saw Sedlar save Luke Ferrara’s shot and Jeff Legue was then blanked by Auzins to hand the extra point to the Phantoms.
Man of the Match went to Tom Squires for the Steeldogs and Luke Ferrara for the Phantoms