Phan­toms and Tigers pro­duce a real thriller

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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

james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk 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.

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