Koulikov confident of making cup progress

Glenn Billing launches an attack for Phantoms. Picture: Tom Scott
Glenn Billing launches an attack for Phantoms. Picture: Tom Scott
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Phantoms head coach Slava Koulikov insists the club’s NIHL National Cup fate is still in their hands.

The city team sit bottom of Group B after losing three of their opening four games in the competition. The latest setback was a 6-3 loss at Sheffield last Saturday.

But three of Phantoms’ four remaining games are at Planet Ice – starting with another date against the Steeldogs this Saturday (7pm) – and Koulikov is confident they can make progress.

“Of course the cup games have not gone the way we would have wanted,” admitted Koulikov. “Starting with three losses in four games is not ideal. But we still have three home games to come in the group – two against Sheffield and one against Hull – and we will be in good shape if we can win them.

“Our fate is very much in our hands and it is up to us to now get the right results.”

The top two finishers in the three-team group – currently led by Hull Pirates – will advance to the knockout stages.