The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms suffered an overtime defeat on Sunday evening when the Milton Keynes Lightning came to town.
Just two weeks after the Phantoms claimed The Ashes against their local rivals, the two teams faced off in an EPL League & Cut clash at the Peterborough Ice Arena.
Even before the puck had dropped to start the game both teams were vying for an advantage as warm-up saw a coming together of both sets of players for some pushing and shoving.
As with Saturday night, it was the opposition who started the stronger of the two teams, and although the Phantoms survived the opening minutes without conceding a goal, that was only due to Janis Auzins in the Phantoms goal.
Lightning scored the first of the nights 7 goals on 6.53 when Adam Carr netted on his own rebound to make it 1-0.
Despite both teams powerplay units seeing ice time in the opening 20 minutes, the game remained 1-0 at the opening break.
Period 2 saw the worse possible start for the Phantoms as Carr claimed his second of the night with just 16 seconds gone on the clock after finding himself once more clear on the breakaway.
At the other end of the ice, Jordan Marr was showing Lightning Head Coach, Pete Russell, why he deserved the starting spot over Dean Skinns with some good saves to prevent Ales Padalek and Craig Scott from opening the Phantoms account.
Marr was finally beaten on 34 minutes thanks to another Phantoms Powerplay. James Ferrara picked out Darius Pliskauskas in the slot, and the Lithaunian made no mistakes this time firing the puck over Marrs glove and into the back of the net to make it 2-1 to the visitors at the second break.
The Phantoms came out strong for the final period, knowing that an early goal would swing the advantage their way, but it was a former Phantom in Lewis Hook who netted the periods opener on 42.18 to give the visitors their 2 goal cushion once more.
The Phantoms kept up the pressure on Marr’s goal, as they refused to give up and hand over the victory to their visitors.
Midway through the period and the Phantoms found themselves on a 5-on-3 powerplay when Lightnings Leigh Jamieson was called for Slashing, shortly followed by a Hooking call on Lewis Christie. Phantoms powerplay unit came close on a number of occasions to find the goal, and just as Jamiesons penalty expired Marc Levers fired home Milan Baranyks pass to make it 3-2.
Phantoms pushed forward and the equalising goal came with under 4 minutes of regulation time left when Milan Baranyk fired low past Marr.
As the buzzer sounded for the end of 60 minutes the Phantoms had claimed a point, and it was onto Overtime. This was the Phantoms fans first opportunity to see the new 3-on-3 overtime, which was introduced this season.
Overtime started with Phantoms looking the stronger of the two teams, but when Lightnings Bobby Chamberlain broke through his initial shot was parried away by Auzins, but Champberlain regained the puck and slotted it cross ice to Markku Tahtainen to shot low past Auzins and give the extra point to the Lightning.
Man of the Match went to Darius Pliskauskas for the Phantoms and James Griffin for the Lightning