The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms started their 2015/16 English Premier League campaign on Saturday evening with a 6-3 victory at the Swindon Wildcats.
Slava Koulikov’s Phantoms made the perfect start when Milan Baranyk fired the visitors into an early lead after just 17 seconds of the game.
Games in Swindon are never a walk in the park, and the WIldcats were soon level through Aaron Nell, who took advantage of a gaping net at 7:24. The Wildcats then took the lead on 8.50 when Wildcats Man of the Match Jan Kostal sneaked the puck past Phantoms netminder Janis Auzins.
The lead didn’t last long though, as James Ferrara’s shot from the blue-line made its way through traffic and past a screened Stevie Lyle midway through the opening period.
Two minutes later and the Phantoms regained a lead they never let go of again. This time it was defenceman Tom Norton who saw his shot from the blueline leave Lyle standing and make it 2-3 to the visitors.
The second Period saw the Phantoms dominance start to pay off with markers either side of the midpoint of the game. First it was Marc Levers who picked up a loose puck in front of goal to fire past Lyle and then Ales Padalek opened his Phantoms account when he fired in from a tight angle to make it 5-2. Padaleks goal signalled the end of Stevoe Lyles game, as the Wildcats Player Coach took himself to the bench to be replaced by Jordan Hedley.
The final period saw the Wildcats chasing the game, whilst the Phantoms took their foot off the gas. Corey McEwen, son of Peterborough Legend Doug McEwen came closest to scoring for the WIldcats on a number of occassions, but Janis Auzins was stopping everything that came his way.
After 53 minutes Phantoms new boy LLoyd Gibson opened his League account, finishing off a Despite Swindon pressing early in the period it was Peterborough who extended their lead through Lloyd Gibson who finished off a Will Weldon breakawys. Swindon did manage to claim third goal of the night through Tomasz Malasinski a minute later but it wasn’t enough to affect the final outcome.
Man of the Match:
Wildcats – Jan Kostal
Phantoms – Edgars Bebris