Week 2 of the new season saw the Peterborough DALROD Phantoms travel to Milton Keynes on Saturday night, before hosting last seasons League Champions the Basingstoke Bison on Sunday.
Saturday saw the Phantoms travel to Buckinghamshire hoping to repeat the recent 4-1 Ashes victory at the home of the fierce rivals.
It was Ales Padelek who opened the scoring for the visitors giving the Phantoms the lead after 7 minutes of the opening period.
Lightning levelled just 4 minutes later as former Phantom Milan Baranyk fed Mikolaj Lopuski to shoot the puck into the Phantoms net. Baranyk then made it 2-1 on 18.22 as he converted Leigh Jamiesons pass to give the Lighting the lead going into the first break.
Lightning took control of the middle period with former Phantoms Craig Scott and Baranyk teaming up with Lopuski to make it 3-1 on 21.55. Bobby Chamberlain then made it 4-1 on 33.40 as the Phantoms struggled to challenge Przemyslaw Odrobny in the Milton Keynes goal.
Phantoms had a better final period but with both Netminders standing tall neither team were able to capitalise on their possession and the Phantoms once again found themselves on the end of an away defeat.
Basingstoke Bison were the visitors to Planet Ice on Sunday as the Phantoms looked to bounce back against last seasons Champions.
Once again, it was the Phantoms who opened the scoring as a jumping Marc Levers tipped in Ales Padeleks rocket from just inside the Bison blue line on 5.53.
Bison fought back almost immediately and within 3 minutes they were level. Alan Lack fed the puck to Joe Baird whose looping shot from the top of the face-off circle bounced off Janis Auzins shoulder and dropped into the back of the net.
Bison thought they had claimed the lead in the middle period when the puck appeared to hit the back of the net and bounce back out, but referee Matt Thompson decided the puck had rebounded off the crossbar. Will Weldon immediately went up the other end and it took a great save from Tomas Hiadlovsky to deny the Phantoms.
Phantoms did take the lead a few minutes later when on 29.33 Ben Russell’s rocket from the slot left Hiadlovsky rooted the the spot as the puck flew into the net.
Owen Griffiths went close on a breakaway but the puck just got caught under his skate before he could get the shot off and the Phantoms took a 2-1 lead into the final stanza.
The final 20 minutes saw the fans on the edge of their seats as both teams went close. James Archer forced Tomas Hiadlovsky to save on the breakaway, whilst at the other end Janis Auzins was kept busy by Tomas Karpov and Shaun Thompson who both went close.
With the clock running down Bison pulled their netminder for the extra skater, but the Phantoms held on to record their second victory of the season and retain their 100% home record.
Next up is areverse of this weekends games as the Phantoms travel to Basingstoke on Saturday before hosting the Milton Keynes Lightning at the Peterborough Ice Arena on Sunday at 5.30pm.