Pick will still pack a punch if team-mates are getting some stick

Phantoms players celebrate the win over Manchester. Picture: Alan Storer
Phantoms players celebrate the win over Manchester. Picture: Alan Storer
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Returning Phantoms defenceman Greg Pick insists he will have no hesitation in sticking up for his team-mates again.

Pick collected a seven-game suspension after leaving the bench to fight during a stormy clash against Sheffield at Planet Ice on February 8.

He took exception to Steeldogs man Callum Pattison jumping Phantoms import Donatas Kumeliauskas which sparked a melee in the final few minutes of a game the city side won 6-2.

Pick will now return to action on Saturday when Phantoms again entertain Sheffield (7pm start) in the first of two home games in as many nights. Second-placed Guildford then provide the Sunday opposition (5.30pm).

Pick said: “It has been very frustrating having to sit and watch my team play and I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice.

“What happened in the last game is an absolute joke in my opinion. Sheffield sent out a guy purely to jump one of our top players when the game was already over.

“I can’t predict what they are going to do in this game. I’m not looking at getting injured or suspended this close to the play-offs, but if things like that have to happen we will certainly look after each other again.

“Hopefully we can have a good weekend and build momentum to take into the play-offs. We definitely feel we are capable of getting to Coventry and challenging for the silverware.”

Pick’s return will provide welcome reinforcement to the Phantoms rearguard, but long-term injury absentee James Hutchinson continues to be sidelined.

The club are still awaiting results of an MRI scan on his knee ligament problem, but player-coach Slava Koulikov remains hopeful that Hutchinson will return this season.

He said: “It will be good to have Greg back after his long ban and we certainly want to have James back too.

“James has skated for the last two weeks and is showing signs of improvement. Hopefully the results of the scan are good.”