Phantoms are all square in the Ice Hockey ‘Ashes’

A goal and an assist for Phantoms' Darius Pliskauskas at Milton Keynes.

A goal and an assist for Phantoms' Darius Pliskauskas at Milton Keynes.

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Peterborough Phantoms were pegged back on four occasions as the first leg of their Ashes battle against arch-rivals Milton Keynes ended in deadlock last night (September 5).

Powerplay strikes from Darius Pliskauskas and Craig Scott, and a brace of goals from Lloyd Gibson provided the city men with advantages that were wiped out during a 4-4 tie.

Pliskauskas was first to strike on a first-period powerplay and they remained in front until a flurry of goals around the mid-point of the match

Lightning levelled courtesy of new import Rene Jarolin, but Phantoms needed only 90 seconds to restore their advantage when Pliskauskas returned the compliment to feed Scott to score on another powerplay.

The hosts hit back again as former Phantoms prodigy Lewis Hook found a way past Janis Auzins, but again Phantoms came up with a response as summer signing Lloyd Gibson found the target with just under three minutes of the second session remaining.

Two imports combined for Milton Keynes’ third leveller as the halfway point of the final period approached with Marko Luomala benefitting from Markku Tahtinen’s approach play to grab a delayed penalty goal.

Gibson ensured the game continued in a familiar pattern by edging Phantoms back into the ascendancy, but few will have been surprised to see Lightning claw their way level again courtesy of Leigh Jamieson late on.

The second leg is today (September 6, 5.30pm) at Planet Ice.

MATCH STATS

Goals

Milton Keynes

28:06 Jarolin ass: Carr/Hook

32:29 Hook ass: Carr

49:38 Luomala (DP) ass: Tahtinen/Chamberlain

58:01 Jamieson ass: Luomala/Tahtinen

Phantoms

15:34 Pliskauskas (PP) ass: Scott/J. Ferrara

29:33 Scott (PP) ass: Pliskauskas/Weldon

37:06 Gibson ass: Scott/Baranyk

52:24 Gibson ass: Baranyk

Men-of-the-match

Milton Keynes: Lewis Hook

Phantoms: Craig Scott