Peterborough Phantoms head coach Jon Kynaston has challenged his players to serve up a Halloween treat tonight (October 31).
The city side host table-topping Manchester Phoenix in a mouth-watering English Premier League clash at the Peterborough Arena (7.45pm start) knowing victory will launch them into the play-off places.
Phantoms will take to the ice in buoyant following a terrific Sunday success over play-off holders Slough Jets, but Kynaston is bracing himself for an even tougher test tonight and wants the city public to turn out in force.
Kynaston said: “We played very well indeed and deservedly got the result against Slough, but Manchester will pose a different challenge to any other team we have faced down here.
“They are the league leaders and possess a hell of a lot of quality and depth in their squad.
“But we have shown that when we perform well for the full 60 minutes of a hockey match we are capable of beating anyone, especially here in our own building.
“It’s Halloween, it’s half-time and it’s going to be a good night, so I’d love to see this place packed.
“We will certainly need as many people as possible in the barn and getting behind us.”
Phantoms expect import defenceman Jozef Sladok to continue playing through the pain of a broken bone in his hand.
The Slovakian hard-man was hurt in by a slash in the closing stages of a Saturday loss at reigning champions Guildford but played a full part as the city team grounded the Jets 24 hours later.