A ‘ Rocky’ ride as point goes beg­ging af­ter penalty shots

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Ice Hockey -

This match turned out to be a frus­trat­ing one for Phan­toms - thanks to tired­ness and one of their old boys.

Head coach Jon Ky­nas­ton sug­gested a hec­tic fix­ture sched­ule was partly to blame for his team fail­ing to see out the job in an at­tri­tional clash against the Jets.

Thep­er­for­mance­ofvis­it­ing net­min­der Gregg Rock­man, a man clearly still well- liked by the Peter­bor­ough Arena faith­ful fol­low­ing a spell in the city ear­lier in his ca­reer, also had a lot to do with it.

Free- flow­ing hockey was in short sup­ply on a night when Phan­toms sur­ren­dered an ad­van­tage late in the fi­nal pe­riod of their fifth­matchinthes­pace of 11 days be­fore suc­cumb­ingto Slough af­ter penalty shots.

Thecityteam­start­ed­slowly, grad­u­ally grew in stature and then faded late onin reg­u­la­tion time when their gen­eral weari­ness be­came vis­i­ble.

On­drej LaukoandLukeFer­rara twice pulled them­level be­fore they went on to lead when Maris Ziedins bun­dled in a Fer­rara cross- shot early in the third pe­riod.

The bril­liant Rock­man pre­vented fur­ther goals and his part proved de­ci­sive as Phan­toms’ nar­row lead was wiped out late on when Jets im­port Dar­iusPliskauskas pinched­his sec­ond of the night on a pow­er­play.

Phan­toms­fin­ishedthe­hour look­ing out on their feet but with one point in the bag they quickly perked up for over­time when they were again frus­trated by the com­bi­na­tion of Rock­man and his pipes.

And that feel­ing con­tin­ued in penalty shots when Lauko scored, Fer­rara was­de­niedand skip­per Jeff Glowa pinged the pipes for Phan­toms.

At the other end a cou­ple of suc­cess­ful Slough con­ver­sions from Dan Davies and Pliskauskas left Ky­nas­ton con­tem­plat­ing the point that got away.

Greg Pick made his Phan­toms de­but against Guild­ford.

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