PHAMTOMS TAME TIGERS
PHANTOMS ........................ 4 SLOUGH JETS .................... 3 English Premier League
can really give ourselves a platform to build on for the new year.”
Bolstered by the return of Luke Ferrara from international duty and the return of Robbie Brown, Phantoms also drafted in Peterborough Islanders hot-shot Ross Horsley for last night’s game.
And with their ranks further boosted by Conor Pollard from the Isle of Wight, even with top scorer Maris Ziedins missing, Phantoms were able to match up against the Jets from the moment the puck dropped.
From the start Jets’s netminder Greg Rockman was a busy man, turning away efforts from Luke Ferrara and Lauko before Phantoms took a deserved lead in the fourth minute.
Allen’s pass down the right flank was picked up by James Ferrara who continued into the corner before pulling the puck back for Graham to smash into the bottom corner.
It was the perfect start and Graham, Greg Randall and James Ferrara all went close before Lauko nabbed his first goal at the Peterborough Arena to double the home side’s lead.
At the other end Damien King was coping well but he was finally beaten early in the second period when Sam Godfrey smuggled his shot through.
The goal did nothing to halt Phantoms forward momentum, however, and just over a minute later Weldon hit home to restore the three-goal cushion.
In the dying seconds of the second period, Rockman managed to foil Luke Ferrara who had a late one-onone chance to make it 4-1, but Phantoms still went into the final act well on top.
And when Slough were hit with a penalty in the 43rd minute, Glowa made them pay on the powerplay with a typically crisp finish from Allen’s diagonal pass.
Had the game ended then, the Jets could have had no complaints after being completely outplayed in all departments. But with 10 minutes to play former Phantom Tom Carlon gave them a glimmer of hope with a scruffy goal after King collided with a post.
Rather than sit back, however, Phantoms just kept on pressing with Glowa and man-of-the-match Richard Bentham both hitting the post as the clock ticked down.
At the other end King produced a fabulous save from Doug Sheppard to maintain the 4-2 lead and while Sheppard did manage to score with a late six on five, by then it was too little too late.