Ice hockey - Phantoms want to be party poopers

Phantoms skipper James Ferrara in action.

Phantoms skipper James Ferrara in action.

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Phantoms are determined not to allow the English Premier League title to be won on their own ice on Saturday night (February 28).

The city team take on table-topping Telford at Planet Ice (7pm) knowing that a victory for the visitors could hand them their first league title since 1988.

Telford are 13 points clear of Guildford and need only one more win to be crowned champions - something which appears inevitable with seven games to go.

But Phantoms already boast home and away victories over the Tigers and skipper James Ferrara has set his sights on another memorable victory to at least delay their crowning.

He said: “It is certainly not the plan to allow Telford to win the title in our building.

“It would be a kick in the teeth to see it but would be all the more disappointing because it would mean we have lost another game.

“After three defeats we need to get back on track and start building momentum for the play-offs by delivering a good home performance.”

Phantoms are one of only two teams to have beaten Telford in regulation time. The Tigers’ three other losses all came at the hands of Swindon.

Phantoms complete the weekend with a trip to the Altrincham Ice Dome on Sunday to face Manchester (5.30pm).

The sixth-placed Pheonix have been in decent form of late and are closing in on Phantoms in the league standings. The two teams are currently four points apart.

Ferrara added: “We still feel we can challenge for third place and we would certainly want to finish in fourth as a minimum to give ourselves home advantage in the second leg of the play-offs.

“There has been a huge turnaround in our fortunes this season and we have accomplished a lot. We need to ensure we finish it well.