Phan­toms set to get an early taste of play- off hockey

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Ice Hockey - Mark. plum­mer@ jpress. co. uk @ Ptmarkplum­mer By Mark­plum­mer

Phan­toms are to be gripped by ‘ mini play- off’ fever a cou­ple of months early. Head coach Jon Ky­nas­ton has likened back- to- back clashes again­stEnglishPremierLeague ri­vals Sh­effield Steel­dogs this week­end to end- of- sea­son bat­tles in the race for hon­ours.

Phan­toms travel to iceSh­effield on Satur­day ( 7.30pm) be­fore re­new­ing ri­val­ries with their pur­suers at the Peter­bor­ough Arena the fol­low­ing day ( 5.30pm).

They go into the dou­ble­head­er­in­pos­ses­sionofthe­fi­nal play- off spot with a four point cush­ion over their op­po­nents.

And while noth­ing will be set­tled this week­end, a cou­ple of wins would leave Phan­toms odds- on to make the top eight.

Ky­nas­ton said: “I ex­pect two full- on games of hockey.

“Sh­effield will aim to play at a high tempo on Satur­day and makeuse­oftheir­large­i­cepack.

“In our rink it is much more con­gestedandI’msurethey­will adopt a high- pres­sure game­plan.

“It is up to use to re­main com­posed and to get on the puck early and dic­tate the way the game is played.

“Noth­ing will be set­tled this week­end but a cou­ple of good re­sults for ei­ther team­can­have a big im­pact on things.

“Weob­vi­ously hopeto­come out on top and it would be ter­rific to pick up two wins.

“We’ve not had a four- point week­end as yet and we will strive to makei­thap­penonSatur­day and Sun­day.

“Theonly thing wedef­i­nitely do not want is to come out of the week­end empty- handed.

“We will see what some of our guys are made­ofthis week­end.”

Ky­nas­ton in­sists his main fo­cus re­mains on reel­ing in the teams sat above Phan­toms in the stand­ings.

He added: “I much pre­fer to look up the ta­ble rather than downon­what is hap­pen­ing be­hind us.

“We are striv­ing to fin­ish as high as we pos­si­bly can and I think it could end up be­ing a three­or­four- team­bat­tle­forthe fi­nal cou­ple of play- off spots.”

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