Game Recap: Phantoms 6, Bees 0
The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms stretched their winning home run to four games thanks to some eye-catching exploits at both ends of the ice on Sunday evening.
Half-a-dozen goals scored and a 38-shot shut-out from netminder Tom Murdy ensured victory in a crunch clash of two teams currently stuck in the English Premier League bottom three.
But, on this evidence at least, the only way is up for Phantoms as they continue to impress on their Peterborough Ice Arena pad.
Yet head coach Jon Kynaston still wasnâ€™t completely satisfied. He said: â€œWe certainly put the work in, which was important on the back of the defeat in Basingstoke the previous night, but there is no doubt we can play better.
â€œMaybe Iâ€™m being a bit harsh on the guys, but I thought we got a bit sloppy in the second period and then allowed the game to go a bit flat in the final few minutes.
â€œWe got our goals at important times in the game – early on to get control and then again as Bracknell tried to get a bit of momentum going.
â€œWinning our home games is the minimum requirement and we have to try to take that formÂ onÂ theroadÂ with us.â€
A productive season will surely lie ahead if Phantoms can rise to that challenge. They are yet to win in eight away games so far this term, but have no such worries in front of their own fans.
In all truth they had this game won inside 20 minutes after an explosive opening period against a visiting side rumoured to be facing financial problems and missing an import in Kamil Tvrdek.
Luke Ferrara nipped onto a Marcel Petran shot and tucked the puck past Bees netminder Alex Mettam at 6:32 to launch the charge and Erik Piatak doubled the advantage when finishing stylishly 71 seconds later afterÂ racingÂ onto a stunning Petran pass during a powerplay.
It didnâ€™t take long for provider to become goalscorer as Petran struck at 11:06 when a somewhat tame shot – by his own thunderous standards at least – crept past Mettam.
Bracknell stemmed the tide when having the better of the middle section but they failed to turn their superiority into goals – largely due to the formidable presence of Murdy between the Phantoms pipes.
The Bees even resorted to wiping out Murdy at one point, but not even that invasion of his crease could interrupt a terrific display during his third successive appearance.
Phantoms eventually added to their account at 33:40 when Jaroslav Cesky sent a powerplay blast flying past Mettam and a scruffy strike in the final minute of the period put the result beyond doubt. The goal at 39:16 was credited to Tom Soar but appeared to ricochet in off a Bracknell defenceman.
Phantoms saved their best goal until last as Cesky swapped passes with Petran before firing past Mettam at 48:43. Quick, slick and short-handed to boot.
Murdy was the busier of the netminders from then on, but a host of super saves clinched the clubâ€™s first clean sheet of the campaign.
â€œWe have two goalies capable of performing to a high level and Tom is certainly doing that right now,â€ added Kynaston.
Phantoms are back in action on Saturday (November 9) when they travel to bottom side Telford.Â They return to home ice on Sunday (November 10) to entertain Slough.
6:32 L. Ferrara ass: Petran
7:43 Piatak (PP) ass: Petran
11:06 Petran ass: Levers
33:40 Cesky (PP) ass: J. Ferrara
39:16 Soar ass: Weldon/Hook
48:43 Cesky (SHG) ass: Petran/Levers
Man of the Match
Phantoms – Tom Murdy (NM)
Bracknell – Matt Foord