ICE HOCKEY: Phantoms in control of play-off quarter-final

Craig Scott scored Phantoms first goal.

Craig Scott scored Phantoms first goal.

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Peterborough Phabtoms made an almost perfect start to their English League play-offs defence last night (March 26).

The city men swept to a 4-1 success at Sheffield in the opening leg of a quarter-final showdown which is completed tonight (March 27) at Planet Ice (5.30pm).

Phantoms racked up a clean sweep of six victories against the Steeldogs during the regular season and that trend continued in the heat of play-off battle.

Much of the damage was done by a flurry of three goals in the opening session at iceSheffield.

Craig Scott punished a puck turnover to break the deadlock before Will Weldon and Marc Levers struck only 48 seconds apart.

Milan Baranyk added a fourth goal a quarter of the way through the second period to leave Phantoms in the driving seat.

Liam King did manage a reply for Sheffield in the final session, but it is Slava Koulikov’s men who are hot favourites to book their place at Coventry for finals weekend.

MATCH DETAILS

Goals

Sheffield

48:59 Kirk unassisted

Phantoms

7:16 Scott ass: McGiffin

18:19 Weldon ass: Padelek

19:07 Levers ass: Baranyk/Scott

25:23 Baranyk ass: Levers/Scott

Men-of-the-match

Sheffield – Liam Kirk

Phantoms – Craig Scott