Peterborough Phantoms became only the second team this season to be beaten by the bottom side in the English Premier League last night (October 25).
The city side went down 2-1 at newcomers Hull after turning in a below-par display and seeing an overtime goal controversially scrubbed out before being pipped on penalties.
Phantoms failed to build on a Darius Pliskauskas opener after just 19 seconds and were eventually pegged back in the third period.
Pliskauskas and Tom Norton were both denied by the pipes later in the final session before Scott Robson struck seconds into overtime.
But the celebrations were cut short as a linesman ruled the net was off its moorings and salt was rubbed into the wounds when hosts Hull eventually snatched the extra point in the shoot-out.
Tommy Laine and player-coach Dominic Osman both found a way past Janis Auzins after he had saved Pasi Salonen’s first effort.
Ales Padelek was the only Phantoms man to be successful as Pliskauskas and Marc Levers both missed.
Koulikov said: “We hit a very early goal coming off the back of a big win the previous night and probably thought it would be an easy game.
“We were wrong as Hull fought for everything after losing 11-0 a night earlier and looked like they wanted it more.
“The positive is that we took 75 per cent of the points available in the weekend and we will keep ourselves in the top three in the league by continuing to do that.
“But I’m obviously disappointed about the performance we produced in Hull and the 25 per cent of the points we didn’t manage to pick up and I let the guys know my feelings in the dressing room after the game.
“The decision to wash out our goal in overtime did not please me. The teams were on the ice ready to shake hands as everyone thought the game was over when Scott scored, but a linesman – who is from Hull – ruled the net was off.
“The call came so late and I don’t think a linesman should be able to make a big decision like that at such an important time in the game.
“I don’t want to dwell on it too much as the game should never got as far as overtime, but it is another decision which has gone against us.”
Phantoms were without import forward Milan Baranyk due to a knee problem while Lloyd Gibson also played no part. It is understood his kit failed to arrive in Hull.
Second-placed Phantoms end the weekend a point behind table-toppers Milton Keynes. They are back in action this Saturday (October 31) when travelling to Bracknell. A home clash against Guildford follows on Sunday (November 1).
44:10 Gent ass: Salonen/Laine
0:19 Pliskauskas ass: Padelek/Norton
Hull – Josh Gent
Phantoms – Janis Auzins