The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms cemented their position at the top of the English Premier League on Sunday evening with a 4-0 victory over the Hull Pirates.
The game won’t be remembered for the Phantoms second successive shutout of the Pirates, nor the fact that the victory took the Phantoms 3 points clear of 2nd placed Basingstoke. No, the game will be remembered for the moment Greg Pick netted his first EPL Goal of his career.
The popular D-Man, who thought he had netted his first goal last time the Pirates sailed into town, scored the Phantoms 3rd of the night on Sunday with a rocket from just inside the Blue Line.
The Phantoms took control of the game from the opening face-off and were two goals up by the first break thanks to Lloyd Gibson.
Gibson’s opener on 8 minutes came after Milan Baranyk broke into the zone and around the net, before picking out Gibson unmarked at the back post.
Gibson doubled his tally 7 minutes later when once again Milan Baranyk led the charge from the Phantoms zone. As he crossed the blueline his drop pass was collected by Tom Norton, who picked out Gibson once again unmarked at the backpost for the same result and Pirates netminder Martins Raitums screaming at his defence.
Picks moment in the spotlight came just a minute into the middle period. Will Weldon won the face-off in the Pirates zone, and the puck came back to Pick who’s shot through a crowd of players gave Raitums no chance to move. The modest D-Man stood there – part happy, part stunned – as he was mobbed by his teammates on the ice, and then once again when he left the ice.
Phantoms rounded off the nights scoring deep into the middle period when the Pirates failed to clear the puck once more in front of Raitums goal, and Darius Pliskauskas slammed home the puck.
The final period saw both side have scoring opportunities, with Pirates new boy Nathan Salem coming closest to breaking Janis Auzins shutout but as the clock ran down the night belonged to the Phantoms and a certain D-Man.
Man of the Match went to Warren Tait for the Pirates and Lloyd Gibson for the Phantoms.