Comeback Complete! Phantoms Defeat Wildcats 8-6

The DALROD sponsored Phantoms went from abject to awesome as they produced a cracking comeback to claim a memorable victory last night.

The city team looked out for the count when falling 3-0 behind to slick Swindon inside the opening 10 minutes at the Peterborough Ice Arena clash.

Ryan Watt, Henri Sandvik and Sam Bullas didn’t need second invitations to punish some charitable defensive play and few would have given Phantoms a prayer, let alone two points, at that stage.

But Jon Kynaston’s side showed guts, desire and no shortage of quality to transform a thrilling tussle.

Some wise words from Kynaston, who called a 30-second time-out in a bid to arrest the slump following the third Wildcats goal, helped them on their way.

He could probably have done with half-an-hour to put things right, but whatever he managed to squeeze into half-a-minute of instructions certainly did the trick.

Jaroslav Cesky launched the Phantoms revival little more than a minute later during a five-on-three powerplay, but it wasn’t until the middle section that the they came into their own.

Phantoms turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-4 during an all-action period.

A trademark Marcel Petran drive on a powerplay left Phantoms breathing down the Wildcats’ necks before the Watt brothers traded goals.

Ryan Watt’s second of the night stretched Swindon’s advantage before Nicky Watt’s first competitive goal for Phantoms promptly reduced it again.

And the visitors’ lead disappeared altogether when Cesky slalomed his way through the Wildcats zone to force the puck past netminder Stevie Lyle at the second attempt.

And skipper James Ferrara ensured a memorable period ended in magnificent style when swapping passes with Frantisek Zubek and before squeezing a back-hand shot past Lyle as Phantoms hit the front for the first time.

Predictably, given the nature of this game, Ferrara’s first goal of the season didn’t keep them ahead for long as Bullas tipped in an Alex Symonds blast to haul Swindon level early in the final section.

But Phantoms refused to be denied as they finished with a flourish.

Will Weldon edged them back ahead before laying on a seventh for the mightily impressive Zubek and when Erik Piatak rifled into an empty net with 36 seconds remaining, the points were in the bag.

Sandvik did nick one back for Swindon, but it went almost unnoticed as the Phantoms faithful raucuous cheered their team across the line.

Head coach Kynaston said: “It was a night when my team showed a lot of character.

“It was great to see us battle back, grind our way into the game and kick on to pick up the two points.

“The players are fighting for each other and working hard for the cause. We just have to learn to look after the puck that little bit better and to finish our hits for the full 20 minutes in every period.

“If we switch off or coast around we will get punished and that is what happened early on against a very good Swindon team, but we got ourselves sorted and showed that we are becoming a very hard team to beat in our building.”

Phantoms can complete a first four-point weekend of the season by sampling success on the road tonight.

They have the opportunity to open their away account when taking on Sheffield Steeldogs at iceSheffield (5.30pm start).

 

MATCH STATS

Goals

Phantoms

10:38 Cesky (PP) ass: Piatak/Petran

23:50 Petran (PP) ass: Hutchinson/Cesky

31:19 N. Watt (PP) ass: Zubek/Levers

33:07 Cesky ass: Weldon/Hook

38:56 J. Ferrara ass: Zubek

49:54 Weldon ass: Zubek/Hook

53:00 Zubek ass: Weldon/J. Ferrara

59:24 Piatak (EN)

 

Jaroslav Cesky

Swindon

5:59 R. Watt ass: Hoog

7:19 Sandvik ass: Silvander

9:14 Bullas ass: R. Watt/Symonds

28:39 R. Watt ass: Godfrey/Symonds

43:29 Bullas ass: Symonds/Hoog

59:36 Sandvik ass: Aldridge/Harding

 

 

Men-of-the-match

Phantoms – Will Weldon

Swindon – Henri Sandvik

 

Report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph

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