The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms suffered a Penalty Shot loss to the Hull Pirates on Sunday evening in a game Head Coach Slava Koulikov admits his team underestimated their opponents.
After the Pirates, who are rooted to the basement spot of the league, were on the wrong end of an 11-0 drubbing on Saturday, and with Phantoms flying at the other end of the table, Koulikov admitted that complacency played it’s part in the defeat. “We hit a very early goal coming off the back of a big win the previous night and probably thought it would be an easy game. We were wrong as Hull fought for everything after losing 11-0 a night earlier and looked like they wanted it more.” said Koulikov
The Phantoms reshuffled the lines with Milan Baranyk and Lloyd Gibson both missing the game, and had a dream start when Darius Pliskauskas netted after just 19 seconds of the game.
If the Phantoms travelling fans this would open the floodgates they were left disappointed as the PIrates dug in and thwarted the Phantoms offensive attacks.
Both teams iced import netminders and Phantoms Janis Auzins and Pirates Jon Baston were both kept busy protecting their Tom Ralph and new boy Pasi Salonen were keeping Auzins busy, whilst Darius Pliskauskas and Craig Scott both came close to extending the Phantoms lead.
As the Phantoms turned up the pressure in the middle period, the Pirates looked to soak up the pressure and hit the visitors on the breakaway. However it was Phantoms Darius Pliskauskas who came closest to scoring when hios shot pinged off Baston’s post with just a minute of the period remaining.
A more even final period saw Callum Brownley miss when clear on Auzins before the Pirates finally found their equaliser. 5 minutes into the final period a scramble in front of the Phantoms goal, saw the puck drop to Josh Gent who bundled the puck over the line to lift the home crowd who were desperate to see their teams first home victory of the season.
The goal saw the Phantoms lift their game after receiving a rocket from Coach Slava Koulikov, unhappy at the way his team were playing. Edgars Bebris and Will Weldon both came close for the Phantoms but with the teams level after 60 minutes it was off to overtime.
Just 20 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime and the Phantoms thought they had won the game when Scott Robson tipped the pick past Baston. Everyone thought the game was over, but as the players lined up for the post-game handshakes, the officials wiped out the goal, stating that the goal was off it’s moorings when the puck crossed the line.
With the 5 minutes over, it was onto penalty’s and Baston showed that Hull have a netty to rival our own Janis Auzins as he stopped Pliskauskas and Levers penalty shots, only being beaten by Ales Padelek, whilst following Tommi Laines opener Auzins was beaten by Dominic Osmans final shot to hand the extra point to the Pirates.
Man of the Match awards went to Janis Auzins for the Phantoms and Josh Gent for the Pirates.