Peterborough Phantoms player-coach Slava Koulikov was left with mixed emotions as a four-game winning run came to an end last night (February 7).
But there was still plenty to be upbeat about as the city outfit collected a richly-deserved point from an action-packed clash at English Premier League big-guns Guildford before eventually being pipped 5-4 after overtime and penalties.
Edgars Bebris hit a hat-trick with line-mate Milan Baranyk grabbing the other goal as Phantoms led for the vast majority of the contest until the hosts struck an equaliser with little more than three minutes of regulation time remaining.
Phantoms were then unable to take advantage of a powerplay in overtime before all three of their penalty takers – Bebris, Baranyk and Donatas Kumeliauskas – were denied by Flames netminder James Hadfield.
Phantoms goalie Janis Auzins also kept out the hosts’ first effort from Roman Tvrdon, but Marcus Kristofersson’s successful strike with their second attempt proved enough to secure the extra point.
Koulikov said: “This is one of those results that leaves a coach in two minds.
“A point away at Guildford is always very pleasing, especially when we have so many guys missing.
“But it is always disappointing to come so close to a win and not get it. We couldn’t quite hang on in regulation time as Guildford put us under pressure and then we couldn’t get a goal on the powerplay in OT.
“Penalty shots are always a lottery and unfortunately none of our guys could score.”
The injured quartet of Darius Pliskauskas, James Hutchinson, Mason Webster and Martins Susters were joined on the sidelines last night by captain James Ferrara, who became a father the previous day.
Ferrara is expected to return tonight (February 8) when Phantoms entertain Sheffield Steeldogs at Planet Ice (5.30pm) with a three-point weekend now the aim.
20:46 Kristofferson ass: Towe/Duggan
33:12 Tvrdon ass: Dixon/Kristofersson
44:18 Lundin ass: Duggan/Longstaff
56:54 Kohut ass: Lundin/Towe
8:06 Bebris ass: Baranyk/Levers
16:59 Baranyk (PP) ass: Koulikov/Bebris
29:42 Bebris ass: Baranyk
44:54 Bebris ass: Baranyk
Guildford – Marcus Kristofferson
Phantoms – Edgars Bebris