Winning start for the Peterborough Phantoms
Peterborough Phantoms hit the ice in successful style last night (September 8).
The city team warmed up for the new NIHL Division One South campaign by triumphing 3-2 at Basingstoke in the opening leg of the pre-season Billy Glover Memorial Cup.
All three of their goals arrived in powerplay situations against a Bison outfit which bears virtually no resemblance to that which pipped Phantoms to league and play-off glory last season.
Phantoms made their first numerical advantage count at 10:05 as player-coach Tom Norton put away a cross-zone pass from Will Weldon, but their lead proved to be short-lived as Liam Morris soon had the much-changed hosts on terms.
Phantoms restored their advantage in the final second of the opening session as summer recruit Corey McEwen opened his account.
That’s the way it stayed during a blank second period although Phantoms were indebted to new netminder Jordan Marr for preserving their lead by keeping out a penalty shot from new Bison player-coach Ashley Tait.
Both sides also pinged the pipes during that middle stanza with Tom Ralph the unlucky Basingstoke man as they had an early five-on-three powerplay before returning Phantoms import Petr Stepanek followed suit.
The hosts needed only 41 seconds of the final period to claw their way level for a second time as Ralph struck on a powerplay as Phantoms forward James White sat in the penalty box after being called for tripping.
But Phantoms responded with the decisive goal as Ales Padelek thumped in a powerplay blast at 49:20 to give Slava Koulikov’s men the advantage ahead of the second leg tonight (September 9) at Planet Ice (5.30pm).
13:59 Morris ass: Ralph/Cowley
40:41 Ralph (PP) ass: Cowley/Borwdowski
10:05 Norton (PP) ass: Weldon/J. Ferrara
20:00 McEwen (PP) ass: Padelek/Weldon
49:20 Padelek (PP) ass: J. Ferrara/Norton