Phantoms Bitten By Dogs
The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms suffered a late defeat in their opening League / Cup game of the 2013/14 season in Sheffield on Saturday night.
The city team conceded a decisive powerplay goal with just under three minutes remaining as they went down to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Sheffield Steeldogs.
Edgars Bebris did the damage to settle the issue at IceSheffield as the hosts made the most of a numerical advantage with Phantoms man Jaroslav Cesky in the penalty box following a call for hooking.
Phantoms had earlier recovered from 3-0 down to haul themselves level during an action-packed middle section thanks to three players making goalscoring EPL debuts for the club.
Phantoms conceded three times in the space of four minutes – a nightmare spell started by Ashley Calvert and completed by Steeldogs player-coach Andre Payette either side of a short-handed Bebris effort.
But Phantoms regrouped during a timeout and responded in fine style.
Cesky launched a comeback that gathered further momentum when fellow import Marcel Petran thundered home and was completed when Marc Levers pounced on a powerplay.
And that is the way it stayed until the Phantoms were bitten in the closing stages by Bebrisâ€™ second of the night.
Phantoms head coach Jon Kynaston said: â€œWe probably didnâ€™t deserve to win the game, but we definitely didnâ€™t deserve to lose it.
â€œWe conceded a couple of sloppy goals which were certainly avoidable but we came back strongly to get ourselves level.
â€œIt was a pretty even game from then on and unfortunately a dubious penalty call has hurt us in the end.â€
Kynaston was delighted with the display of netminder Thomas Murdy in his competitive debut for the city club. The summer recruit was preferred between the pipes to Damien King.
Phantoms will asses the fitness of import power forward Erik Piatak ahead of a home clash against Swindon at the Peterborough Ice Arena tomorrow (Sunday, 5.30pm face-off).
The Slovakian ace was struck by an alleged two-handed slash from Steeldogs player/coach Payette to the back of his legs which went unseen by the officials.
Kynaston is bracing himself for a tough test against a Wildcats side he expects to challenge for honours.
He added: â€œSwindon have spent a lot of money to put together a team that can compete for trophies.
â€œIt will be a very tough night and we will need to perform well to get a result.â€
26.15 Calvert / Wood / Payette (E)
29.22 Bebris / Korhon (SH)
30.15 Payette / Haywood / Wood (E)
57.08 Bebris / Hirst / Chambers (PP)
30.32 Cesky / WattÂ / J Ferrara (E)
34.48 Petran (E)
37.38 Levers / Watt / Cesky (PP)
Man of the Match:
Steeldogs – Edgars Bebris
Phantoms – Thomas Murdy
Report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.