The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms paid tribute to one of the toughest players to have pulled on a hockey shirt in Peterborough on Sunday, when they inducted Jesse Hammill into the Hall of Honour. Hammill is in the UK for a week, and Sundays game was a barnstormer like the games in the Hammill era with 11 goals, 2 fights and plenty of end to end action.
When the dust had settled it was the Phantoms who walked away with an 8-3 victory and another 4 point weekend as the maintain the pressure on the table topping Basingstoke Bison.
Phantoms raced into an early lead thanks to Ales Padelek who netted the Phantoms opener after just 2 minutes of the opening period. Milan Baranyk mad it 2-0 to the home side on 11.04 as the Steeldogs were outshot by mearly 3:1.
Fight number one came on 15 minutes when Callum Pattison took offence to a check on the boards by Greg Pick on Cole Shudra and Pick and Pattison dropped the gloves, each receiving 2+2 penalties for their tilt.
The middle period saw the Phantoms again score two quick early goals as Padelek netted his second of the night on 22.50 before Jason Buckman made it 4-0 just a minute later.
Former Steeldog Lloyd Gibson made it 5-0 on 34.59 before the Steeldogs finally registered their opening goal a minute later thanks to Ben Morgan.
Padelek netted his hatrick marker on 38.57 but then with the fans thinking about their period break coffee the game exploded with 15 seconds of the period remaining. Craig Elliott clashed with Phantoms netminder Janis Auzins and in the ensuing melee Will Weldon and Steeldogs player Coach Greg Wood clashed before Greg Pick and Callum Pattison went for round two.
Phantoms replaced Auzins for Adam Long for the final period, resting their netminder ahead of Wednesdays clash with the Manchester Phoenix.
Phantoms needed just 3 minutes of the final stanza to make it 7-1 when Darius Pliskauskas converted Padeleks pass. The goal saw Dalibor Sedlar replaced by Tom Barkworth in the Steeldogs goal.
Cole Shudra netted the visitors second of the night on 50 minutes before Milan Baranyk scored his second of the night on 55 minutes. The final goal of the game came from Stanislav Lascek with two minutes of the game remaining but by then the points were in the bag for the Phantoms with a 8-3 victory.
Man of the Match awards went to Stevie Duncombe for the visitors and Jason Buckman for the Phantoms.