The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms were in EPL Cup action on Wednesday when they traveled to Milton Keynes for the 1st leg of the Semi-Finals.

The Phantoms welcomed back Marc Levers and Janis Auzins to the team after both were rested from Sunday’s game.

In front of a large and noisy contingent of their own supporters, the Phantoms took a first period lead on 7 minutes. Milan Baranyk found Marc Levers who nudged the puck past Dean Skinns in the Lightning goal from close range.

It was the Phantoms who controlled the opening period, limiting the home side to just a few chances that were easily handled by the in form Janis Auzins in the Phantoms goal, and his Defence in front of him.

The middle period was just 4 minutes old when the Phantoms doubled their advantage. Phantoms attacked down the wing and Will Weldons initial shot was parried away by Skinns, but only as far as James White who fired low past the Lightning netminder. For some reason the goal was credited to Tom Norton on the official gamesheet.

Lightning finally found a way past Auzins on 26 minutes. With James Ferrara in the penalty box on a boarding call, the LIghtning powerplay unit needed just 19 seconds for a Leigh Jamieson slapshot from the blueline to beat Auzins.

It was all square just under 2 minutes later when Adam Carrs attack found Grant Billing to fire the puck into the back of the Phantoms goal.

The final period saw both teams coming out looking for the advantage. Lewis Christie and the ever dangerous Fratisek Bakrlik teamed up to give the Lightning the lead for the first time with just 46 seconds of the period on the clock. The Phantoms responded quickly and 2 minutes later were level once more. Martins Susters broke into the Lightning zone and his pass found Will Weldon who made no mistake in firing past Skinns.

Despite a number of efforts from both sets of Forwards there was to be no more goals and the game is nicely balanced at 3-3 going into the second leg of the Semi-Finals on Wednesday (20th January) in Peterborough – Face Off at 7.45pm.

Man of the Match awards went to James Griffin for the Lightning and Cam McGiffin for the Phantoms.