A former favourite helped to bring Peterborough Phantoms’ perfect start to the English Premier League season to an end last night (September 19).
The city team suffered their first defeat of the new campaign when going down 3-2 to Guildford Flames at The Spectrum despite a double-strike from impressive new recruit Craig Scott.
A poor start proved costly as they conceded twice in the opening four minutes to home import Marcus Kristofferson - the Swede’s first breakthrough arriving after just 26 seconds of play.
They halved their arrears almost immediately as Scott continued his sizzling start to his debut British season, but it was a player from the club’s past who struck what proved to be the decisive blow.
Slovakian forward Erik Piatak piled up 75 points in the struggling Phantoms team of 2013/14 – an impressive return which no doubt convinced Guildford to bring him back to these shores this season.
And Piatak struck his second goal for his new club on a powerplay early in the second period to restore their two-goal advantage.
Phantoms did cut it again courtesy of Scott’s second of the night with just under eight-and-a-half minutes remaining, but they could not claw their way back onto level terms despite pulling netminder Janis Auzins in the closing stages.
Phantoms can regain the winning thread tonight (September 20) when hosting fierce rivals Milton Keynes at Planet Ice (5.30pm).
The Lightning will roll into the city on the back of a defeat of their own as they suffered a surprise home slip up at the hands of Sheffield Steeldogs last night.
0:26 Kristofferson ass: Piatak
3:11 Kristofferson ass: Dixon
23:16 Piatak (PP) ass: Kralj/Phillips
4:51 Scott ass: Pliskauskas/J. Ferrara
51:31 Scott ass: Levers/Weldon
Guildford – Marcus Kristofferson
Phantoms – Tom Norton