The Waldeck Peterborough Phantoms defeated the Swindon Wildcats to complete a four point weekend.
After a relatively quiet opening ten minutes in terms of high quality scoring chances, it was the Phantoms who hit the front. Lukas Sladkovsky was the man who got it and in impressive fashion, as he batted the puck out of mid-air on the backhand to beat Renny Marr.
And the Phantoms’ second quickly followed, as Jasper Foster found space on the back post to score.
The second period started fast and it was the Phantoms who continued to create the better scoring chances.
Duncan Speirs made it 3-0 with a ripper from the centre of the zone.
Then just seconds later, Ralfs Circenis fed Sladkovsky on the odd man rush and #91 went upstairs on Renny Marr, who had lost his stick in the play prior to the goal.
But the Cats regrouped after calling a timeout and began to create some chances of their own. They got on the board when Sam Godfrey’s blue liner was tipped home by Tomasz Malasinski at 31:11.
And just over a minute later, they had a second, as Colby Tower put the visitors back within two of the Phantoms.
The first goal of the third period took its time in coming despite a continued high tempo game.
But Speirs did eventually find that goal on 51:27, tapping home from close range after good work between himself and Ales Padelek.
But the Wildcats hit straight back as Malasinski collected his second of the night from close range to ensure it’d be a close game right up until the final buzzer.
And they stuck again with the extra skater on as Sam Bullas scrambled the puck home, but despite a late McEwen penalty, the Phantoms held on to complete a four point weekend.
12:39 (PP 1-0 SW): #91 Lukas Sladkovsky / #34 Ralfs Circenis / #71 Corey McEwen (EHG)
15:30 (PP 2-0 SW): #95 Jasper Foster / #72 Glenn Billing / #35 Joe Gretton (EHG)
24:10 (PP 3-0 SW): #38 Duncan Speirs / #72 Glenn Billing (EHG)
24:49 (PP 4-0 SW): #91 Lukas Sladkovsky / #34 Ralfs Circenis / #45 Callum Buglass (EHG)
51:27 (PP 5-2 SW): #38 Duncan Speirs / #93 Ales Padelek (EHG)
31:11 (PP 4-1 SW): #89 Tomasz Malasinski / #61 Sam Godfrey / #27 Russell Cowley (EHG)
32:27 (PP 4-2 SW): #91 Colby Tower / #11 Chris Jones / #71 Eddie Bebris (EHG)
52:42 (PP 5-3 SW): #89 Tomasz Malasinski / #27 Russell Cowley / #19 Aaron Nell (EHG)
58:51 (PP 5-4 SW): #13 Sam Bullas / #19 Aaron Nell / #91 Colby Tower (EHG)
Phantoms man of the match: #38 Duncan Speirs
Wildcats man of the match: #89 Tomasz Malasinski