Four goals in a 7 minute spell secured victory for the DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday night against the Swindon Wildcats. The win also sent the Cambridgeshire side back to the top of the English Premier League.
Phantoms opened the scoring after 6 minutes of the game when Will Weldon shot past Jordan Hedley in the Wildcats goal. The visitors pegged the Phantoms back 7 minutes later when Sami Ryhanen fired in from the slot after some good work by Aaron Nell along the boards.
An even middle period saw both teams have chances to take the lead as Heldley and Janis Auzins, in the Peterborough Net, were both kept busy. It was Heldely who conceded the only goal of the period when Marc Levers battled to win the puck, and after breaking into the zone found Milan Baranyk who made no mistakes in firing the Phantoms back into the lead.
The Wildcats started to run into penalty problems in the 2nd period, which didn’t help their cause, including a 10 minute misconduct penalty which was to later prove costly to Matt Selby.
The final period saw the Phantoms step their game up a gear and the game came to life from the 48th minute as the Phantoms forwards ran riot to seal the victory.
The goalfest was started on 48 minutes when some good work behind the Swindon goal from Lloyd Gibson and Ales Padelek saw Padelek dig puck out and skate around the front of the goal before releasing a backhanded shot which beat Heldey to make it 3-1
It was 4-1 on 51 minutes when more Phantoms pressure saw Marc Levers force a turnover in front of the Swindon bench. Levers picked out Milan Baranyk who skated through the Wildcats defence before releasing a rocket which left Hedley looking around for the puck.
Goal 5 came just 37 seconds later when another turnover saw Padelek skating free on the Wildcats goal. Just when Hedley thought he would shoot, Padelek cooly sent the puck across ice to an unmarked Darius Pliskauskas who put the puck into the empty net from the back post.
Shortly after the restart Wildcats Matt Selby found himself thrown out of the game after a 2nd 10 minute penalty, this time for an Illegal Equipment call. As Selby remonstrated with referee Andy Miller, letting the official know what he thought about the call, he was given another 10 minute misconduct penalty.
The Phantoms put the final nail in the coffin on 55 minutes when Eddie Bebris broke down the right wing, and whilst holding off Wildcats Steve Whitfield with one hand, Bebris cut across the front of goal before turning and shooting the puck into the top corner of the goal to make it 6-1.
Following the game, Phantoms Head Coach Slava Koulikov was happy with how the weekend had gone: “It was a 3 point weekend and we’re all pleased and delighted to have won the home game for the fans.
“It was a scrappy game tonight. Swindon are a good team and they played well. They came into the building sticking to their plan and it made for a tight game for 2 periods.”
Slava was also pleased for his imports getting back on the scoresheet “They had been getting frustrated, but I spoke to them before the game and just said to them to just relax and the goals will come, so to see them all on the scoresheet was great.”
Man of the Match went to Corey McEwen for the Wildcats, and Eddie Bebris for the Phantoms.