The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms travelled to Wiltshire on Saturday evening to face the Swindon Wildcats. Last Sunday the Phantoms defeated the Wildcats 4-2 in Peterborough and Wildcats were out for revenge on home ice.
Both teams started strongly, but it was the Wildcats who claimed the first goal of the evening when from behind Janis Auzins goal, Tomasz Malasinski found Aaron Nell unmarked out front to make it 1-0 to the homeside after 3.36. Both teams powerplay and penalty kill units were getting plenty of ice time as both teams traded penalties in the opening period, resulting in both netminders being kept busy.
Phantoms drew level midway through the opening period when Steve Lyle failed to hold onto James Hutchinsons shot, and Darius Pliskauskas pounced on the rebound at 10.04. The Phantoms were defending well, but as Swindon pushed forward they left themselves open toi the breakaway, which Phantoms exploited time after time.
The first of the nights fights came on the 15 minute mark when Swindons Shane Moore took exception to a Phantoms hit on the boards, and Greg Pick duly obliged in dropping the gloves. Moore received 2+2, whilst Pick received 2+2+2, however Swindon were unable to capitalise on the powerplay and at the end of the period the scores were all square at 1-1.
The middle period started a bit quieter than the previous 20, with both teams looking for the go ahead goal. Malasinski came close to giving the Wildcats the lead after breaking free from the Phantoms defence, but he failed to get the shot off in time. On 25 minutes Alan Lack decided to take on Wildcats Sam Bullas, centre ice, despite giving up a massive height advantage (The only time they were the same height was when Bullas was on his knees). Both players received 2+2 penalties, but the fight spurred on the Phantoms who punished the Wildcats with two quick goals to take control of the game.
On 26.44 Milan Baranyk caught Swindon sleeping, and his breakaway ended with his shot being tipped in by Marc Levers to make it 2-1 to the visitors. A minute later and this time it was Darius Pliskauskas who broke clear and saw his shot hit Lyle and trickle over the goalline to make it 3-1. Despite a lot of pressure from Wildcats, Janis Auzins and the Phantoms defence stood tall to take the lead into the final period.
The pairing of Aaron Nell and Tomasz Malasinski was causing the Phantoms problems in the final 20 minutes, with both going close to pulling a goal back from Swindon. On 45.38 Steve Lyle could only parry away a shot from out wide by Alan Lack, but the puck dropped kindly for Jason Buckman to shoot past Lyle to make it 4-1. Wildcats responded just 3 minutes later when Malasinski found Nell at the backpost to tip the puck into the empty net to make it 4-2, and still all to play for.
With under 10 minutes to go, and with Wildcats Kenton Smith sitting out an Interference penalty, the Phantoms Powerplay unit got on the scoresheet as Edgars Apelis netted Phantoms 5th of the night. Alan Lack capped off a great night with two final goals within 45 seconds on 56.26 and 57.14, to give the Phantoms a well deserved 7-2 road victory.
Man of the Match went to young Glenn Billing for the Wildcats and Alan Lack for the Phantoms.