The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms came from behind to defeat the Basingstoke Bison on Saturday evening, and reclaim their place at the top of the English Premier League.
The Phantoms traveled to face the team that were atop of the league this morning, knowing they would need to fight for the win.
The home side took the lead early in the game when Rene Jarolin batted the puck out of the air and past Janis Auzins in the Phantoms goal with just over a minute of the game played.
Midway through the opening period and it was all square when Craig Scott found Martins Susters in front of Jon Baston’s goal for the youngster to net his first senior goal of his career.
Whilst Eddie Bebris and Milan Baranyk were keeping Baston busy in the Bison goal, former Phantoms Alan Lack was busy getting re-acquainted with Janis Auzins at the opposite end of the ice. It was Lack who game the Bison the lead once more on 24 minutes when he tipped in Kurt Reynolds initial shot.
Despite both teams having a number of powerplay in the middle period there were no further goals, and it was a one goal game going into the final 20 minutes.
More penalty trouble for the Bison finally reaped rewards for the Phantoms when on 50 minutes Ales Padelek redirected Lloyd Gibsons shot past Baston, whilst Joe Greener was in the penalty box on a hooking call.
The Goal saw the Phantoms move it up a gear and under 3 minutes later they took the lead for the first time in the game. Levers and Susters teamed up to get the puck to James Ferrara and the Phantoms Captains’ shot trickled past Baston and into the net.
Despite the Bison pulling Baston for the extra skater they couldn’t find a way past Auzins and the Phantoms defence and it was Peterborough who claimed the win, top spot in the League Table and inflicted the Bisons’ first home defeat of the season.
Man of the Match when to Alan Lack for the Bison and Janis Auzins for the Phantoms.