Phantoms very rarely get stung by these Bees

Mason Webster and James Galazzi drop the gloves during a Phantoms v Bracknell match last season.
Mason Webster and James Galazzi drop the gloves during a Phantoms v Bracknell match last season.
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Phantoms are out to continue an incredible winning streak stretching back more than two years and 13 games.

The city men face two clashes in the space of three days against their favourite English Premier League opponents, Bracknell.

They travel to Berkshire tonight (Thursday, 7.45pm) for a re-arranged clash at The Hive before welcoming the Bees to Planet Ice on Saturday (7pm).

Phantoms have won all six games against Bracknell in each of the past two seasons and also boast a smooth 3-0 home success already in the current campaign. They haven’t lost to Lukas Smital’s men since going down 4-0 on the road in March, 2013.

Koulikov said: “To win every game against another team two seasons running is very impressive, but you only have to look down the list of results to see there have been a lot of tight games decided by one or two goals.

“Bracknell is not a team we can take lightly. They have a lot of offensive power and have picked up good wins in the last two weekends.

“They thrashed Milton Keynes and then beat Swindon in the next game so we know they are very capable of getting good results – especially on their own ice.

“Travelling away in midweek is never easy as many of the guys have regular jobs, but everyone is available and we will approach the game in the same way as we do all others.

“We want to pick up the two points and a good result in Bracknell will give us confidence for the home game on Saturday.”

Phantoms will be rewarded with a rise to the top of the EPL table if they can continue their winning run against Bracknell tonight. They are currently a point behind pacesetters Basingstoke but boast two games in hand.

Bracknell have made no secret of the fact they are suffering from financial issues and their leading import Frantisek Bakrlik is being strongly linked with a move to title-chasers Milton Keynes.

The free-scoring Czech star was thought to be a target for Phantoms during the summer before opting to move from Manchester to Bracknell.

Phantoms certainly aren’t short of goals as they are lighting the lamp an average of more than four times each game.

But it is at the other end of the ice where they are really excelling. They have conceded just 47 times which has led to Latvian star Janis Auzins topping the EPL netminding statistics with a 93 per cent save record.