Phantoms and Tigers produce a real thriller
PHANTOMS ..........................4 TELFORD TIGERS ................4 (Telford take bonus point after penalties) English Premier League and Cup CHRISTMAS telly may have been pretty naff this year but it was compelling viewing at the Peterborough Arena last night.
And while again a game that went to overtime and penalty shots ultimately ended in disappointment for Phantoms few could have gone home disappointed with the entertainment on offer.
After battling back with two late goals Phantoms were undone in the shoot-out when Juraj Senko was the only scorer to nick the extra point.
After two home defeats at the hands of Phantoms in the past few weeks the Tigers started like a team out to prove a point.
Phantoms may have bossed the early exchanges but it was the visitors who pounced first when Scott Mckenzie cut in before burying the puck past Damien King.
Robbie Brown levelled the game with a neat finish but without Chris ‘the Cannon’ Allen on hand, Phantoms powerplay was lacking it’s usual bite.
A missed five on three opportunity ended badly when Joe Henry popped out
firstname.lastname@example.org of the penalty box to receive the puck unmarked on the halfway line. It was careless from Phantoms who had been pressing for a second goal but instead ended up conceding one when Henry finished into the top corner.
Early in the second period another powerplay came and went for Phantoms who, finding themselves a goal down, were struggling to find their fluency.
At the other end Tigers were stretching a makeshift defence and they extended their lead when Mackenzie bagged his second from Stuart Bates’ pass.
Minutes later Tomas Janak rattled the frame of King’s goal as the Tigers began to dominate heading into the third and final period.
Phantoms struck first in the final period through Maris Ziedins but when Henry made it 4-2, the Tigers looked on course for a rare win.
But two goals in the last five minutes – a beauty from Luke Ferrara – and one from Jeff Glowa saw Phantoms force the game into overtime.
Sadly penalty misses from Lauko, Ziedins and James Ferrara meant Juraj Senko’s successful strike meant it was the Tigers who bagged the extra point.
LETTING FLY: Maris Ziedins.