The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms returned to winning ways on Sunday with an emphatic 5-1 victory over the Guildford Flames.
After last Sundays penalty shootout defeat to the Hull Pirates, and the visit to Bracknell cancelled on Saturday night, the Phantoms were out to prove a point and it took them just 42 seconds to get on the scoreboard. An early attack saw Lloyd Gibson win the puck behind the Flames goal, and he found Ales Padelek skating in on goal to fire past Gregg Rockman in the Flames net.
The Phantoms doubled their lead 7 minutes later when Darius Pliskauskas picked out an unmarked James Ferrara to beat Rockman from distance on the Powerplay.
The second goal spurred the visitors into life, and the Phantoms soon found themselves camped in their own Defensive Zone whilst the Flames Forwards peppered Janis Auzins goal. However, despite some strong shots from the ever dangerous Markus Kristofferson and former Phantom Erik Piatak, the Phantoms held strong to take their lead into the first break.
The middle period saw the Flames pin the Phantoms into their own end, as they kept up the pressure, looking for a way back into the game. Despite being outshot 2:1, the Phantoms defense held off the Flames until midway through the period.
With Greg Pick sitting a 2 minute roughing penalty, the Flames Powerplay finally clicked. Matt Towe’s shot was too strong for Auzins to hold on to, and the puck fell to the feet of Kevin Phillips who slipped the puck under Auzins and into the back of the net.
Any thoughts of a Flames fightback were soon dismissed when Will Weldon picked out Edgars Bebris at the top of the face-off circle, and the next thing Gregg Rockman saw was the puck flying past him and into the back of the goal to give the homeside a 3-1 lead going into the final period.
Phantoms were gifted a 4th goal just 30 seconds into the final period. As Guildford looked to pass the puck back to their defence, Ales Padelek stole the puck and was clear through on Rockman. He took the puck from his forehand to his backhand before lifting it into top of the goal.
With Kristofferson for the Flames being denied by Auzins, and Weldon for the Phantoms also going close, it was left to Darius Pliskauskas to net the final goal of the night with just over a minute pf the game remaining. As Rockman spilled Edgars Bebris’ initial shot, the puck dropped to Pliskauskas who turned full circle before backhanding the puck past Rockman to make it 5-1 to the Phantoms.
Man of the Match went to Ales Padelek for the Phantoms and Kevin Phillips for the Flames.