Fans’ favourite Alan Lack has urged his Phantoms team-mates to end the year on a high with a series of big home performances.
Four of the city team’s six remaining English Premier League fixtures in 2014 are at Planet Ice and Lack sees it as a crucial spell in their season as they bid to emerge as serious contenders for honours.
Second-placed Phantoms are in action in front of their own fans on successive nights this weekend as reigning league champions Manchester make their first visit of the season tomorrow (November 29, 7pm) for a game which is followed by the arrival of play-off holders Basingstoke on Sunday (5.30pm).
Phantoms already boast a road win over Manchester, but they slipped up home and away against the Bison in the early weeks of the season. Their opening-night loss in Hampshire featured a bench clearance brawl.
Lack said: “I’ve gone from losing most games and being bottom of the league with Slough last season to fighting for the title with Phantoms.
“The league is very tight and that makes it more exciting to be involved in. It makes you want it that little bit every night you play.
“We’re in a really good position in the table and I firmly believe we can finish in the top four. We’ve done pretty well on the road lately and we don’t want to undo the good work by slipping up at home in the next few games.
“I know from experience of being an away player that Peterborough is a hard place to get points, so we have to use that to our benefit.
“The whole league seems to have gone up a level this season and Manchester have probably not progressed like a lot of other teams, but they were champions last season and we know they have a lot of quality.
“Basingstoke are a strong team who always play the same way. They will no doubt try to wind up our goalie again.
“We all know what happened down there at the start of the season and it is up to us to protect him again if necessary.”
Lack has been a key figure in Phantoms’ success so far this season. The summer recruit has earned stacks of admirers with his aggressive, action-packed performances.
He has contributed four goals and five assists during 20 appearances to date and admits it was a ‘smart decision’ to opt to move to Phantoms in the summer.
He is not only entertaining Phantoms fans will on the ice, he is now putting them through their paces off it.
The personal trainer has launched Thursday-night fitness sessions in the city during the past month and they’re already proving popular.
“Phantoms always train on a Thursday and I’m putting on the bootcamps while I’m up here in Peterborough,” continued Lack.
“It is just about helping people with their fitness and doing something for the fans who support me when I’m playing.”