Controversial Goal Costs Phantoms

The DALROD Sponsored Peterborough Phantoms head coach, Jon Kynaston, believes a goal that should not have been allowed to stand was the turning point of their English Premier League loss at Slough on Saturday evening.

The city side were beaten 4-1 in Berkshire as they returned to the bottom of the standings.

The contest was deadlocked at 1-1 when referee Pickett controversially gave a Darius Pliskauskas strike the thumbs-up – even though Kynaston is adamant he had blown his whistle to halt the game two seconds earlier.

That incident at 47:44 proved to be the defining moment of a scrappy contest with Slough then adding two further goals as Phantoms searched for a way back into the game.

Kynaston said: “We were on the receiving end of a bad call. The referee blew his whistle a good two seconds before the puck ended up in the net.

“I think the referee later recognised that he made a mistake, but that doesn’t do us any good.

“Neither team was in control of the game and that goal was a major moment. It knocked the stuffing out of us.”

Slough had earlier hit the front when import ace Pliskauskas struck at 23:35 but Jaroslav Cesky fired Phantoms level on a powerplay at 27:50.

Pliskauskas’ controversial second restored the home side’s advantage and they sealed the points late on.

Ales Padelek beat King at 57:16 before player-coach Slava Koulikov got in on the act at 58:23.

Import defenceman Marcel Petran sat out the closing stages after collecting a misconduct penalty for speaking out of turn to the officials.

Phantoms entertain Sheffield Steeldogs at the Peterborough Ice Arena on Sunday, with a 5.30pm start.

Report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph

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