It might be a new season and it might have been played at a new venue, but it was the same old scoreline as Peterborough Phantoms again proved too strong for Manchester Phoenix last night (October 10).
Just as they did on that famous Easter Sunday evening in Coventry when lifting the play-off crown, the city side claimed a 5-2 success over Tony Hand’s men at their temporary Deeside Leisure Centre base.
And while this latest fixture in the north-eastern corner of Wales lacked the significance of their previous meeting on the final day of last term, it was nonetheless another important and successful step along the English Premier League road for Phantoms.
The teams traded goals in the opening period with an opener from Phantoms captain James Ferrara cancelled out by star Phoenix import Michal Satek – a Slovakian star scoring and creating goals for fun in his debut season over here.
But Phantoms have an impressive newcomer to the British scene of their own and Craig Scott played a key role as they took command with a scoring burst in the second period.
The Anglo-Canadian ace restored an advantage which was rapidly increased by Ales Padelek less then 90 seconds later.
A Will Weldon effort completed a flurry of three Phantoms strikes in little more than seven minutes, although their cushion was quickly reduced again by a second of the night from Satek.
But their latest success - a sixth in nine games so far this season - was secured deep into the final session when Lloyd Gibson tucked the puck past Phoenix netminder Steve Fone with a little assistance from the pipes.
It was a victory that left Phantoms in a three-way tie for supremacy at the top of the standings . . . and they face another of the pacesetting teams tonight (October 11).
Basingstoke, who saw off the third set of joint leaders, Milton Keynes, by a 3-1 scoreline last night are the visitors to Planet Ice (5.30pm).
Phantoms can already boast one home triumph over the Bison after beating them 5-3 in their previous trip to Bretton during the opening weekend of the campaign.
17:44 Satek ass: Kovar/Neil
32:09 Satek ass: Kovar/Aaltonen
13:34 J. Ferrara ass: Baranyk/McGiffin
24:29 Scott ass: Weldon/Robson
25:51 Padelek ass: Gibson/Pliskauskas
31:33 Weldon ass: Scott/Bebris
55:08 Gibson ass: Pliskauskas/Levers
Manchester: Michael Satek
Phantoms: Lloyd Gibson