ICE HOCKEY: Susters looking for more Phantoms goals

Martins Susters in action for Phantoms.

Martins Susters in action for Phantoms.

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Martins Susters hopes his first senior goal for Phantoms will be followed by many more.

The 17 year-old prospect struck as the city men won 3-2 at then-leaders Basingstoke in the English Premier League last Saturday.

Susters produced a smart, first-time finish to open his account in his 43rd outing as a Phantoms player.

The Latvian has impressed since bursting onto the scene during last season and has been rewarded with increased ice-time.

Susters said: “It was a really good feeling to get a goal and even better that it came on a night we won.

“There was a bit of confusion because it was announced I had scored in Guildford the previous weekend, but I only got an assist on that one.

“I’m really pleased with the progress I’m making and the ice-time I’m getting, and hopefully I can keep scoring goals.

“I’ve got some good players around me to learn from. The senior guys really help out the young kids.”

Susters has been in England for five years and lives in Grantham.

He is still in education but hopes to carve out a career as a hockey player.

He was not the only Phantoms player to manage a first goal last weekend.

Defenceman Greg Pick followed suit the following night in his 150th senior game as Phantoms eased past bottom side Hull 4-0.