Swindon Wildcats 4-2 Peterborough Phantoms
The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms have a two goal deficit to overturn following the NIHL1 Britton Conference Playoff Semi-Final First Leg against the Swindon Wildcats on Saturday night.
The Cats took the lead through Jordan Kelsall, who took advantage of good work from former Phantom Eddie Bebris, to drive the puck home past Euan King.
Phantoms levelled the scores after just under eight and a half minutes, when Ales Padelek and Glenn Billing exchanged passes, and Padelek was on hand to find the back of the Wildcats net from close range.
Bebris restored the hosts’ advantage with 12 and a half minutes played, after taking a pass from Phil Hill and beating Euan King at his near post with a powerful strike.
Max Birbraer added the Wildcats’ third of the game after 24 minutes, before Sam Bullas extended their lead to three goals, two minutes short of the half way mark.
Padelek and Nathan Salem then came close for the Phantoms, but found Renny Marr tough to beat as Swindon looked to hold on to their lead.
Tensions boiled over slightly after 35 minutes, when Scott Robson and Bullas exchanged blows, and picked up 2+2 minute fighting penalties, for the privilege.
Phantoms began the third period much brighter, and made their pressure count when Salem capitalised on a flurry in front of Marr’s net, to reduce the arrears back to two goals.
Tom Norton took matters into his own hands with four minutes left as he tried an effort from the blue line, but Marr was equal to it. Hill had the last chance for the Cats in the last minute, but King was kept it out, and it’s all to play for in tomorrow’s second leg, on home ice!
08:24: #93 Ales Padelek / #72 Glenn Billing / #19 Leigh Jamieson (EHG)
43:02: #91 Nathan Salem / #17 James Ferrara (EHG)
06:56: #22 Jordan Kelsall / #23 Max Birbraer / #71 Eddie Bebris (EHG)
12:31: #71 Eddie Bebris / #25 Phil Hill (EHG)
24:04: #23 Max Birbraer / #19 Aaron Nell / #73 Joe Hazeldine (EHG)
27:53: #13 Sam Bullas / #19 Aaron Nell / #23 Max Birbraer (EHG)
Phantoms man of the match: #91 Nathan Salem
Wildcats man of the match: #23 Max Birbraer
By Tom Lea