The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms traveled to Deeside on Sunday for their only game of the weekend, when they took on the Manchester Phoenix. The Phantoms had won the previous 2 clashes between the sides this season, but on Sunday they were forced to settle for the point as the Phoenix claimed an Overtime victory.
The game saw the Phoenix control the opening attacks of the 1st period and netminder Janis Auzins was called upon to make an early save from Phoenix’s Robin Kovar.
The Phoenix hit penalty trouble midway through the period but despite peppering Stephen Fones goal, the Phantoms couldnt make use of the numerical advantage on the ice.
It was the homeside who took the lead thanks to Ben Wood. Nico Aaltonen battled for the puck behind Auzins goal, and his pass found Wood who made the most of his opportunity.
The Phantoms response came with 2 goals in 21 seconds to snatch the advantage once more. It was Milan Baranyk who levelled the game at 12:05 quickly followed by an Ales Padalek goal at 12:26.
The second period saw both sides trade chances but both netminders made smart saves to keep the score at 1-2. Phantoms thought they had doubled their advantage in the closing seconds of the period, but their goal was wiped oiut for Netminder Interference on Stephen Fone.
An edgy final period saw both netminders kept busy, with both sides looking for the next big goal. In the 52nd minute the Phoenix claimed the psychological advantage with the equaliser. Robin Kovar’s initial shot was blocked by Auzins, but the rebound fell for Nico Aaltonen who’s backhand shot beat Auzins.
At the Buzzer it was all square at 2-2 and so onto 3-on-3 overtime.
Just over a minute into Overtime Michal Satek netted the winner for the Phoenix with a backhande shot the sent the puck flying over Auzins shoulder.
The point moves the Phantoms into 2nd position in the EPL, 1 point behin leaders Basingstoke Bison, and 1 point ahead of 3rd placed Milton Keynes Lightning, although the Phantoms do have games in hand over both of those teams.
Man of the Match went to Michal Satek for the Phoenix and Tom Norton for the Phantoms