Peterborough Phantoms 3-2 Bracknell Bees

The Peterborough Phantoms fought back twice to claim a vital penalty shot victory over the Bracknell Bees. It was a win that keeps the Phantoms neck and neck with the Basingstoke Bison at the top of the table.

Bracknell edged a scoreless first period where neither side created any major chances. Phantoms were given a number of power play opportunities, with Bees getting the gate five times in the period, but failed to make those chances count.

And it was the Bees who took the lead with a power play goal of their own. Alex Barker scored from the blue line with Will Weldon sitting a cross checking penalty for the Phantoms.

Phantoms almost equalised through Glenn Billing after good work from Nathan Pollard and James White, but his deflection flicked up and over the crossbar.

Nathan Salem then had a chance as he danced his way through the Bees defence, but saw his effort saved by Alex Mettam from point blank range.

Pollard was the man who found the equaliser for the Phantoms, capitalising on a rebound after Darius Pliskauskas’ shot was saved.

It was a disastrous start to the third period for the Phantoms, with the Bees taking just 38 seconds to regain their lead through Shaun Thompson.

Billing was presented with a good opportunity to level the game, but his redirect effort was kicked away by Mettam.

Captain James Ferrara found the leveller with three and a half minutes remaining, firing home from the blue line on the power play.

Bracknell had the better of the overtime period, but the game was decided by penalty shots…

PP – Padelek – GOAL
BB – Best – MISS
PP – Salem – MISS
BB – S Thompson – GOAL
PP – Pliskauskas – GOAL
BB – Barker – MISS

Phantoms goals:
36:35: #21 Nathan Pollard / #8 Darius Pliskauskas / #97 Nathan Long (EHG)
56:33: #17 James Ferrara / #77 Owen Griffiths / #91 Nathan Salem (PPG)
65:00: #93 Ales Padelek (penalty shot)
65:00: #8 Darius Pliskauskas (penalty shot)

Bees goals:
26:54: #67 Alex Barker / #13 Shaun Thompson / #17 Jan Bendik (PPG)
40:38: #13 Shaun Thompson / #57 Danny Ingoldsby (EHG)
65:00: #13 Shaun Thompson (penalty shot)

Phantoms man of the match: #17 James Ferrara

Bees man of the match: #13 Shaun Thompson

Report by Tom Lea