Peterborough Phantoms must wish they could travel to Swindon every weekend.
The city side ran out convincing 5-1 winners of an important English Premier League clash against ‘The Wildcats’ in Wiltshire last night (January 24) – their second high-scoring and hugely-successful raid on The Link Centre this season.
It’s now a dozen goals scored and four points plundered from that particular venue with this latest drubbing being just as impressive as the 7-2 beating inflicted on their fellow top-four hopefuls back in October.
It was effectively over by the end of the opening period as Phantoms launched a four-goal scoring spree to stun their hosts – a scenario which would presumably have been beyond the wildest dreams of player-coach Slava Koulikov given key men Darius Pliskauskas and James Hutchinson remain sidelined while Luke Ferrara was required by Elite League outfit Sheffield.
But those blows were softened considerably by another fine performance from latest capture Donatas Kumeliauskas who contributed a goal and two assists. The Lithuanian international hitman now has three of each in just two appearances for the club.
It was his shot that was spilled by Swindon netminder Stevie Lyle and gleefully gobbled up by Edgars Bebris as Phantoms hit the front on a powerplay inside the first minute.
Kumeliauskas fired in their second goal himself before fellow overseas ace Milan Baranyk got in on the act.
And defenceman Scott Robson completed a fairytale first session when being left unattended in front of the target.
Phantoms stood strong as the home side attempted to up the ante in the second period with netminder Janis Auzins again in terrific form between the pipes.
In fact no further goals arrived until the closing minutes of the contest. The impressive Auzins was denied a deserved shut-out when Toms Rutkis struck on a powerplay, but Phantoms had the final say as Will Weldon fired in a fifth goal with 17 seconds remaining to emphasise their superiority.
Phantoms remain fourth in the EPL standings – level on points with third-placed Basingstoke – although that could change tonight (January 25) when they are one of only two teams not in action.
Phantoms return to the ice next Saturday (January 31) when top-of-the-table Telford Tigers visit Planet Ice. A trip to basement boys Bracknell follows the next night.
55:24 Rutkis (PP) ass: Hoog
0:54 Bebris (PP) ass: J. Ferrara/Kumeliauskas
6:39 Kumeliauskas ass: Koulikov/Levers
9:24 Baranyk ass: Bebris
15:46 Robson ass: Baranyk/J. Ferrara
59:43 Weldon ass: Kumeliauskas/Levers
Swindon – Jan Kostal
Phantoms – Milan Baranyk