The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms snapped their 4 game losing streak on Saturday with a 6-3 victory on the road in Sheffield.
Back to Back weekend defeats to both Milton Keynes and Basingstoke had seen the Phantoms drop to 2nd place in the leage, and their lead over the chasing pack diminish, but with a large contingent of travelling fans supporting them they returned to winning ways against the Steeldogs.
It was the home side that took the lead midway through the opening period, when against the run of play Stanislav Lascek fired in from the slot and past Janis Auzins in the Phantoms goal.
At the other end Dalibor Sedlar, in the Steeldogs goal, was being kept busy by the Phantoms forward lines. Martins Susters and Darius Pliskauskas both had opportunities to open the Phantoms account but were thwarted by a netminder who was on top of his game.
After 9 periods of hockey without scoring a goal, the Phantoms eventually found the back of the net early in the middle period. Cam McGiffin forced a Steeldogs turnover on the blue line and his pass found Ales Padelek who pulled Sedlar out of position before firing home. As the puck hit the back of the net you could see the relief on the faces of the players and the fans.
The goal lifted the Phantoms and as they stepped up a gear the Steeldogs found themselves spending more and more time defending their own zone as opposed to attacking the Phantoms zone.
After a cagey 40 minutes of play, with the game tied at one apiece, no-one could have predicted the crazy final 20 minutes of hockey, which saw another 7 goals scored !
The Phantoms took the lead just 3 minutes into the period when Will Weldon found the back of the net. As the fans were thinking this is our game now, the Steeldogs leveled the game just 2 minutes later as Ashley Calvert tipped in Lee Haywoods blue line rocket.
Phantoms once again retook the lead on 47 minutes when Greg Pick scored his first away goal for the club with a blast from the blueline that Sedlar didn’t even move for. Just 51 seconds later and the Steeldogs equalised with a disputed goal. Greg Woods shot appeared to stop on the goal line, but referee Tom Pering said it had fully crossed the line and awarded the goal to make it 3-3 with 4 goals scored in a 4 minute spell.
Youngster Martins Susters wad the next to get on the gamesheet with the goal of the game to give the Phantoms the lead that this time they would hold onto. The 17 year old picked up the puck at the top of the face-off circle and fired home a one-timer on 50 minutes.
With the momentum now with the Phantoms it was Ales Padelek who netted his second on 56 minutes with a simple tip-in from Edgars Bebris’s pinpoint pass.
With the clock running down, and Sedlar pulled for the extra skater, Padelek secured his hatrick goal with just 5 seconds of the game remaining with an Empty Net Goal.
Man of the Match went to Ashley Calvert for the Steeldogs and Edgars Bebris for the Phantoms