The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms hosted the Swindon Wildcats for the first time this season on Sunday evening, in the English Premier League.
After Saturdays Penalty Shot defeat at the hands of the Milton Keynes Lightning, the Phantoms were keen to come away with the victoruy on Sunday and claim a 3 point weekend.
The game started at a frantic pace, with the Phantoms spending most of the opening shifts camped in the Swindon half of the ice. Stevie Lyle, in the Swindon Goal, was the busiest man on the ice as he was called upon time and time again to stop the Phantoms from taking the early lead.
Phantoms first goal of the night came on 8.22, when with Alex Symonds sitting a Hooking penalty, the Phantoms powerplay unit saw Milan Baranyk pass to Luke Ferrara who finally found a way past Lyle. It could have been 2-0 a few minutes later when a mistake by Swindon set Milan Baranyk clear on a breakaway but the Phantoms sharpshooter watched his puck go just wide of the post, having beaten Lyle.
Phantoms took control of the game late in the opening period, with 2 goals within 26 seconds. Player Coach Slava Koulikov made it 2-0 on 17.11 after a nice setup from Darius Pliskauskas. On 17.37 it was 3-0 when Will Weldon skated through the Swindon defence, almost unhindered, before firing pasty Lyle.
The second period saw the Phantoms take a 4-0 lead on 21.13 when Luke Ferrara setup Milan Baranyk. If Saturdays game had taught the Phantoms anything it was that a 4 goal lead doesn’t mean the game is won. It took the Wildcats just 12 seconds to respond to Phantoms 4th of the night, when any hopes of a Janis Auzins shutout were dashed by Lee Richardson. The goal spurred on the visitors who pressed forward and up’ed the physicality aspect of the game, looking to fightback in the same manner that the Phantoms had done 24 hours earlier.
On 28.09 it was a 4-2 game as Tomasz Malasinski, who last season had played on the same team as Phantoms Milan Baranyk in Poland, scored the Wildcats second goal of the night. Phantoms were now matching the Wildcats hit for hit and shot for shot, but neither team could get the puck past two netminders who were on top of their game.
The final period saw the Phantoms take their foot off the gas a bit as they let the Wildcats come at them and defended their 2 goal advantage. Malasinski, Alex Symonds and Kenton Smith all came close as Wildcats peppered the Phantoms goal, whilst at the other end Luke Ferrara and Darius Pliskauskas both kept Lyle alert.
With 1.48 of the game remaining, Lyle took a spot on the Bench as Ryan Aldridge gambled on the extra skater, but the visitors couldn’t find the goal they were so desperate for, and the Phantoms edged the game 4-2.
Man of the Match for the visitors went to Steve Whitfield, whilst Luke Ferrara picked up the award for the Phantoms.