Phantoms Claim First Victory
The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms collected their first English Premier League victory of the seasonÂ on Saturday eveningÂ – but head coach Jon Kynaston insists plenty of hard work still lies ahead.
The city men saw offÂ Bracknell Bees 4-3 at the Peterborough Ice Arena, but they certainly made life hard for themselves. Phantoms ought to have wrapped up the points with considerably more ease and by a far more emphatic scoreline after dominating the opening two-thirds of the contest.
HoweverÂ they went from cruising to victory to clinging on to the lead as the basement boys battled back in an all-tempered final section.
â€œThere is no such thing as an easy win in the EPL,â€ said Kynaston. â€œAny team can beat any other on any given day and games can also change quickly.
â€¨â€œYou switch off for five seconds and you can get punished, and that is what we saw to some extent tonight.
â€¨â€œWe had control of the game but ended up being dragged down to the standard of the opposition.
â€¨â€œThe game was virtually dead at the end of the second period and the only way Bracknell were going to get back into it was by unsettling us. Thatâ€™s what they did but we canâ€™t get involved in things like that or let if affect us.
â€¨â€œOur management of the puck needs to improve, we need to be smarter and we need to see games out.â€
Frantisek Zubek fired Phantoms ahead when thumping home a rebound after Bracknell netminder Mettam had thwarted Luke Ferrara, but there was no stopping the local lad when he tipped in a Marcel Petran blast from the blue line to restore the advantage after Shaun Thompson had briefly put the visitors on terms.
Ferrara was back on assist duty when Erik Piatak rifled in a third goal only 43 seconds into the middle section and Phantoms looked to be in command when Jaroslav Cesky forced in a fourth strike.
But the final period didnâ€™t go to plan as Bracknell returned to their traditional disruptive tactics – and it worked for them as Phantoms got suckered in and allowed their standards to slip.
Two goals in the space of 51 seconds from Thompson – a short-handed effort – and Lukas Smital left the city men clinging on to their advantage.
And thatâ€™s the way it stayed during a final stanza in which referee Tom Pering failed to give them any sort of protection to Phantoms if the face of some extreme confrontation.
It all meant the city side returned to the locker room exchanging sighs of relief rather than pats on the back.
Phantoms return to action tomorrow (Sunday) when they travel to table-topping Manchester Phoenix at the Altrincham Ice Dome (5.30pm). The reigning play-off champions boast a 100 per cent record after reeling off five successive victories to launch the new campaign.
6.38 Zubek ass: L. Ferrara/Piatak
15.33 L. Ferrara ass: Petran/Piatak
20.43 Piatak ass: L. Ferrara
32.27 Cesky ass: Levers/Hutchinson
13.58 Thompson ass: Spearing
42.13 Thompson (SHG) ass: Tvrdek
43.04 Smital ass: Oakford/Thompson
Man of the Match
Phantoms – Luke Ferrara
Bracknell – Alex Mettam (NM)
Match report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph