Week Six saw the Phantoms make the trip to Basingstoke on Saturday to take on the Bison, before hosting the Swindon Wildcats on Sunday evening.
Saturday’s game saw Adam Long continue his stint between the posts for the Phantoms as Janis Auzins continued his recuperation. Connor Glossop and Sam Towner were also missing after picking up knocks the previous weekend.
Phantoms started the game with the majority of the possession and opportunities to open the scoring, but Tomas Hiadlovsky in the Bison goal was happy to see his defence clear his zone.
Derek Roehl opened the scoring for the home side late in the opening period after teaming up with Rene Jarolin and the ever dangerous Ivan Antonov.
The middle period was under a minute old when James Ferrara was called on a High Sticks penalty. Phantoms defended the Penalty Kill but as the penalty expired Roehl and Jarolin once again teamed up to double the lead with Roehl’s second of the night.
Phantoms opened their account just 3 minutes later. Darius Pliskauskas and James Archer broke out of the Phantoms zone before feeding the puck to Ales Padelek to find the back of the net.
Padelek and Darge both had good chances to draw the game level but it was Bison who took a 2-1 lead into the final period.
Both teams had powerplay opportunities in the final period and the Phantoms pushed high in a bid to find the equalising goal.
Against the run of play, it was the Bison who scored the next goal when Matt Towalski made it a 3-1 game on 58.44.
From the face-off, Phantoms pulled netminder Adam Long in favour of the extra skater, but despite buzzing around Hiadlovsky’s goal they were unable to score and it was the Bison who claimed the points.
Sunday saw a good sized crowd at the Peterborough Ice Arena as the Phantoms took on the Swindon Wildcats. Last time the Wildcats were in Peterborough they were on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline.
After last week’s game, this was always going to be a nervy game for the Phantoms supporters is the home side were to take the lead ! The Phantoms were bolstered by the return of Janis Auzins in the Phantoms net
Midway through the opening period and the Phantoms scored the opening goal of the game. Ben Russell broke through and as Stevie Lyle failed to hold his initial shot it was former Wildcat Owen Griffiths who pounced to find the back of the net.
Five minutes later and Griffiths turned provider as his pass found Wehebe Darge’s stick for the Phantoms latest signing to net his first Phantoms home goal, and send the Phantoms into a 2-0 lead.
The middle period saw both teams keeping Auzins and Lyle busy as they looked for the next goal. Jonas Hoog and Jan Kostal came closest to scoring for the visitors whilst Ales Padelek was proving to be a handful for the Wildcats defence.
Into the final stanza and the Phantoms still held the slimmest of leads as they chased the points. Despite hitting penalty trouble, including losing Oliver Stone for a 2+10 Check to the Head call, it was the Wildcats who scored to half the Phantoms lead. Tomasz Malasinski played the puck behind the goal to Jonas Hoog and his shot across the redline was deflected by a Phantoms skate past Auzins with just 4 minutes of the game remaining.
Phantoms were determined not to throw the lead away for a second consecutive week and with just over a minute of the game remaining netted their third of the night.
Wehebe Darge fired a shot in from the top of the face-off circle that Darius Pliskauskas tipped in past the stranded Stevie Lyle to secure the victory and the points for the Phantoms.