Phantoms confident they can upset EPL leaders again

Phantoms v Bracknell BeesDonatas Kumeliauskas in action against Bracknell. Photo: Alan Store/Feral Marmot Films

Phantoms v Bracknell BeesDonatas Kumeliauskas in action against Bracknell. Photo: Alan Store/Feral Marmot Films

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Ice hockey preview: Captain James Ferrara believes Peterborough Phantoms can claim the scalp of runaway English Premier League leaders Telford again on Saturday night (31 January).

The city team welcome the runaway leaders to Planet Ice (7pm face-off) four weeks after claiming a famous away triumph on the Tigers’ own ice.

They remain one of only two teams to sink the champions elect, who are 13 points clear at the top of the standings, in regulation time. Telford’s three other defeats inside an hour all came at the hands of Swindon.

Ferrara said: “We know we are capable of beating any team on any given night and the win in Telford proved that.

“Winning against the clear league leaders on their own ice was definitely one of the highlights of the season so far.

“It wasn’t just the result that pleased us, but also the manner of the performance which secured it on a night when we were short on bodies.

“But it would be even more satisfying to beat the top team in the league in front of our own fans and that is what we will attempt to do on Saturday.

“We will go into the game with the confidence that we can beat them again and the expectation is that we can at least match, if not better, the level of performance from the last game.

“It will be a very different game at our rink, but we will go out there with a gameplan and look to execute it as we have managed to do on many occasions this season against good teams.

“We are third in the table on merit and we will be looking to hold onto that position from here.”

Telford triumphed 4-1 in their last visit to the city – an early-season top-of-the-table clash back in October.

However, Phantoms performed with plenty of credit that night as the game was goalless until the Tigers struck twice in the final minute of the second period.

Phantoms’ other assignment this weekend is a Sunday trip to bottom side Bracknell where they will look to complete a clean sweep of wins.

They have triumphed 2-0 and 2-1 in their previous two visits to The Hive this term and the formbook suggests a hat-trick is a distinct possibility.

But Ferrara has stressed that nothing can be taken.

“It certainly won’t be an easy game on Sunday,” Ferrara added. “Bracknell need to spark their season and they will see it as a chance to do that.”