Shootout Frustration For Phantoms
A free-scoring forward, an outstanding netminderÂ provided a frustrating recipe for defeat for the DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday evening.
The city team finish the opening weekend of the League season with a point after being beaten 4-3 following penalty shots by the Swindon Wildcats at the Peterborough Ice Arena.
WildcatsÂ Jonas Hoog hit a hat-trick (which included a late leveller)Â aswell as the decisive penalty shot (which somehow squirmed in past Phantoms netminder Damien King) while visiting goalie Stevie Lyle delivered his trademark brilliance.
And while Phantoms could begrudgingly admire the quality of those contributions, they were in no mood to accept referee Dan Boardmanâ€™s handling of the major flashpoint of the evening. Boardman threw out Nicky Watt on a match penalty after he had delivered a pounding to Swindon man Sam Smith midway through the opening period. It was a decision that bewildered Phantoms head coach Jon Kynaston who insisted both men were willing to fight and one which undoubtedly changed the complexion of a match that Phantoms led courtesy of a smart Will Weldon finish after he had been picked out by a glorious Tom Soar pass.
Tempers had flared after Hoog appeared to aim a cheap shot at Phantoms man Marc Levers who then exchanged blows with Alex Symonds to earn that pair a trip to penalty box.
Phantoms were left facing a marathon five-minute penalty kill and came within eight seconds of success only for Hoog to blast Swindon level.
Phantoms hit the front again just 25 seconds after being pegged back when Erik Piatak showed deft hands to steer the puck past Lyle, but Hoog again had an answer when floating a shot past King early in the second period.
Lyle produced stunning saves to deny Tom Soar and Lewis Hook before Marcel Petran found a way past the formidable netminder as Phantoms struck on a powerplay at 50.22
That looked like being enough to earn a first victory of the campaign until Hoog pounced on a rebound from his own initial shot to level inside the final minute.
Phantoms looked the likeliest to snatch the additional point in overtime when Lyle thwarted James Hutchinson and former Wildcats man Jaroslav Cesky, but they ultimately came up short on penalty shots.
Hoog finally struck at the sixth attempt as his effort squirmed past King to settle the issue.
Luke Ferrara missed Phantoms opening attempt before Piatak and Cesky could find no way past Lyle. King had thwarted the first two Swindon takers – Juha Silvander and Adam Harding.
7.28 Weldon ass: Soar/Hook
16.36 Piatak ass: Hook/Petran
50.22 Petran (PP) ass: Cesky/L. Ferrara
16.11 Hoog (PP) ass: Pekkarinen/Godfrey
24.29 Hoog unassisted
59.07 Hoog ass: Moore
Man of the Match
Phantoms – Jaroslav Cesky
Swindon – Stevie Lyle (NM)
Report courtesy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph