Phantoms Burnt By Phoenix

The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms suffered their heaviest defeat in the clubs history on Sunday when they went down 11-0 to the unbeaten Manchester Phoenix.

The opening exchanges were fairly even and nobody could have foreseen the end result of this game. Phoenix opened the scoring on 8.45 when Liam Chong scored past Damien King in the Phantoms goal, assisted by former Phantom Richard Bentham. Just over 4 minutes later, the lead was doubled with Jack Watkins scoring at the back post assisted by another ex-Phantom in Joe Graham.

Man of the Match Frantisek Bakrlik hit his first of the night on 15.43 to give the homeside a 3 goal lead at the end of the opening period.

The second period was more of an even contest with Phantoms taking the game to Phoenix on occasions. However, it was Phoenix who were converting their chances and 2 goals from Frankie Bakrlik and one each for Michal Psurny and former Phantoms fans favourite James Archer.

Just after Psurny’s effort, Phantoms’ Greg Pick decided to try and boost morale by scrapping with Andy McKinney. After some dancing and attempted hay makers by both players both men received 2 plus 2 from the referee.

With his side leading 7-0 going into the final period, Tony Hand decided that he wanted to watch/coach from the bench for the third period. Phoenix found the back of the net four more times in the final period thanks to Michal Psurny, Robin Kovar, Liam Chong and a fourth of the night for Frantisek Bakrlik.

Phantoms had a penalty shot in the final period, but could only watch on as Piataks shot was saved by the Phoenix netminder. Despite the scoreline, Phantoms managed only three fewer attempts on goal than their hosts, but were unable to put away any of their chances.

Man of the match for Phantoms went to youngster Lewis Hook with Frantisek Bakrlik taking the honours for Phoenix.

Post game, Phantoms Head coach Jon Kynaston was upset with a powder-puff defensive performance from his team who failed to compete physically with a strong set of home players.

Kynaston said: “It was the worst defensive display, in terms of appetite for taking on the opposition, that I have seen for some time.

“Manchester are a big team who play to their strengths and we failed to stand up to that.

“Too many guys went absent too often. I need them to be more willing without the puck and be up for the battle.

“We didn’t respond well to going behind and gave away far too many goals.

“It is a job to take anything positive out of a result and performance like this.

Kynaston added: “I will be very surprised if Manchester are not right up there at the end of the season.

“They are a very good team but tonight is an example of what happens if you are not at it for 60 minutes.”

8.45 Chong ass: Bentham/McKinney
13.05 Watkins ass: Kovar/Graham
15.43 Bakrlik ass: McKinney
23.16 Bakrlik unassisted
31.58 Psurny ass: Hand/Graham
34.26 Bakrlik ass: Neil
38.10 Archer ass: Hand/Graham
45.06 Psurny ass: McKinney/Boothroyd
52.48 Kovar ass: Bakrlik
54.34 Bakrlik ass: Schnabel/Neil
55.20 Chong ass: Schnabel

Man of the Match
Phoenix: Frantisek Bakrlik
Phantoms: Lewis Hook

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