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