Phantoms Out Muscle Steeldogs
The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms head coach, Jon Kynaston, claimed his team â€˜didnâ€™t get out of third gearâ€™ when climbing off the bottom of the table for the second successive Sunday.
A rip-roaring start was followed by plenty of solid hockey as Phantoms eventually ran out convincingÂ winnersÂ against a set of opponents whose objectives appeared to be to irritate and intimidate.
In the end they didnâ€™t do a lot of either as Phantoms, helped by a hat-trick of powerplay goals and some more excellent work from in-form netminder Damien King, held the upper hand.
Erik Piatak, Marc Levers and Will Weldon were the men to notch during numerical advantages after Marcel Petran had provided the perfect start with the opening goal inside the opening minute.
Phantoms also fought fire with fire as Declan Balmer, Rob Ferrara and Nicky Watt all dropped the gloves.
Kynaston said: â€œWe did the dirty work that was lacking a bit earlier in the season – and that is a must against Sheffield.
â€œIt was a case of grinding out a good result. Our netminder Damien King was excellent, we battled hard defensively without the puck and we created plenty of chances to score goals, but there is still lots of stuff to work on.
â€œWe didnâ€™t get out of third gear in all truth. It is a big positive to win a game when that happens and it is clear we can become a much better team than we are right now.
â€œIt is apparent that we havenâ€™t quite found the right combinations on all lines and once we can do that we can go through the gears offensively.â€
Petran broke the deadlock on 45 seconds when his blast from the blue line crept past rookie Steeldogs netminder Brad Day and the teenager was beaten again at 6:23 when Piatak thundered in a loose puck following a face-off.
More opportunities came and went before Phantomsâ€™ progress was checked by a powerplay response from the visitors as Lubomir Korhon pounced on a rebound at 15:11.
An almost-identical goal restored Phantomsâ€™ two-goal cushion just past the mid-point of the match. Marc Levers did the honours at 30:20 after a Petran blockbuster had been kept out.
Luke Ferrara couldnâ€™t convert a golden chance to settle the issue late in the middle section when being denied by Day in a one-on-one situation as Phantoms had to wait until well into the final stanza to seal their success.
Will Weldon guided the puck past Day on 49:12 to complete the powerplay treble after being picked out by a slick pass from fast-improving import Frantisek Zubek.
Phantoms face the Steeldogs again next weekend when travelling to iceSheffield on Sunday (October 27). Before then they host Swindon Wildcats at the Peterborough IceÂ ArenaÂ on Saturday (October 26, 7pm).
0:45 Petran ass: Piatak/L. Ferrara
6:23 Piatak (PP) unassisted
30:20 Levers (PP) ass: Petran/L. Ferrara
49:12 Weldon (PP) ass: Zubek/Hook
15:11 Korhon (PP) ass: Wood/Payette
Man of the Match
Phantoms – Damien King (NM)
Sheffield – Brad Day (NM)
Report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph