The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms made it 3 wins on the bounce on Saturday when they defeated local rivals the Milton Keynes Lightning.
The Phantoms, who are on a roadtrip weekend, took control of the game from the first puckdrop, spurred on by a large and noisy set of travelling fans who had made the short trip to see Milton Keynes new rink.
Phantoms opened their account on the six minute mark after Jordan Hedley, in the Milton Keynes Net, was unable to stop Edgars Apelis’ blue line rocket.
Milan Kostourek went close for the LIghting straight from the restart, going one on one with Phantoms netminder Janis Auzins, only to see his shot go wide of the goal.
Phantoms second of the night came on 9.40 when Luke Ferrara put Marc Levers free on the right to beat Hedley with a soft goal.
Lightning immediately called a timeout to steady the ship but it didn’t work as Phantoms added their third goal less than 4 minutes later. Tom Norton found Luke Ferrara who had been left unmarked and he made no mistake as he fired the puck past Hedley on 13.06.
The third goal saw LIghtning send out Grant McPherson to try and lift the team with a fight against Alan Lack, but it didn’t achieve much for the homeside.
Phantoms penalty killing units were giving the Lightning a lesson in defensive play as they thwarted the Lightnings 5-on-4 and 5-on-3 advantages, with Auzins having a quiet opening period.
The second period saw the Phantoms sit back on their 3 goal advantage and force Lightning to attack them. Midway through the period and Lightning finally found a way past Auzins when Stanislav Lascek found Milan Kostourek on a powerplay attack to score from rare close range shot.
This season has seen anumber of games that have proven that a 3-0 lead isn’t sufficient to win a game. Phantoms have lead 3-0 and been pegged back, and have also trailed by 3-0 and won games. Tonight was to prove no different as the Lightning surged forward in the final period knowing it was all or nothing now.
Phantoms were containing the home team, until midway through the final period when two goals in 2 minutes drew the Lightning level, wiping out the Phantoms earlier 3-0 advantage.
On 50.06 Stanislav Lascek’s long pass again found Milan Kostourek who dummied Auzins before slotting home LIghtning’s, and his, 2nd of the game. On 52.24 Lascek netted his first of the night with a top shelf shot from Adam Carr’s supply.
Phantoms called a time out straight after the equalising goal as Slava and hos coaching team looked to calm things down and refocus the team.
With the clock running down, and both sets of fans expecting the game to be heading to Overtime, Phantoms Captain James Ferrara send the travelling fans home happy as he squeezed the puck in at the right hand side of goal after a superb pass from Darius Pliskauskas with just 36sconds left on the clock.
Lightning then took off Hedley in favour of the extra skater for the last 36 seconds but it wasn’t enough to beat the fenmen who took the local bragging rights.
Man of the Match went to Milan Kostourek for the Lightning and Janis Auzins for the Phantoms.