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 didnâ€™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 Kynastonâ€™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 wasnâ€™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 Wildcatsâ€™ necks before the Watt brothers traded goals.
Ryan Wattâ€™s second of the night stretched Swindonâ€™s advantage before Nicky Wattâ€™s first competitive goal for Phantoms promptly reduced it again.
And the visitorsâ€™ 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, Ferraraâ€™s first goal of the season didnâ€™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: â€œIt was a night when my team showed a lot of character.
â€œIt was great to see us battle back, grind our way into the game and kick on to pick up the two points.
â€œThe 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.
â€œIf 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.â€
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).
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)
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
Phantoms – Will Weldon
Swindon – Henri Sandvik
Report courtesy of theÂ Peterborough Evening Telegraph