‘Ashes’ test will be a tough one

Ice hockey - Phan­toms face big ri­vals Light­ning home and away

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - Mark Plum­mer ICE HOCKEY CORRESPONDENT

by Slava Koulikov has warned his Phan­toms play­ers to pre­pare for two stern tests against a team tipped to win the English Premier League ti­tle. The city side com­plete their prepa­ra­tions­forthe­new­cam­paign­when­fac­ing­fiercerivals Mil­ton Keynes Light­ning in back-to-backchal­lenge clashes this week­end.

The two sides meet i n Buck­ing­hamshire on Satur­day (7pm) ahead of a re­turn date at Planet Ice on Sun­day (5.30pm) in the tra­di­tional eve-of-the-sea­son ‘Ashes’ bat­tles.

And it means Phan­toms will be go­ing up against two for­mer play­ers who moved to Light­ning this sum­mer.

Czech f or­ward Mi­lan Baranykhelpedthecitysideto play-off glory in 2014/15 while An­glo- Cana­dian ace Craig Scottwastheir­top-scorer last term when fin­ish­ing sec­ond and reach­ing the EPL Cup fi­nal.

Koulikov said: “We know we are go­ing to be in for two very tough tests against MK.

“We have a big ri­valry with them and I’m sure the sup- porters will be keen to see us do well.

“It will also be in­ter­est­ing for the fans to see guys like Mi­lan and Craig again af­ter they dida­good­job­forus, bu­tit­does not add any­thing ex­tra to the game for me.

“My only fo­cus is on the guys who will be play­ing for me this sea­son and en­sur­ing we con­tinue to progress. It is all about be­ing ready for the first league game on Septem­ber 10.”

Phan­toms fans will get their first glimpse of new im­port for­ward Petr Stepanek this week­end.

The­giantCzechacear­rived in the coun­try on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day af­ter a suc­cess­ful stint in Aus­tralia where he racked up 30 points (15 goals and 15 as­sists) in 15 games for the Syd­ney Ice Dogs.

Big Bri­tish sign­ing James Archer­was­due­to­touch­down on these shores to­day (Thurs­day) af­ter a spell play­ing in New Zealand.

Heis also set to be in­volved atthe­week­end­whileWil­lWel­don re­turns af­ter be­ing away for the club’s two out­ings against Sh­effield Steel­dogs last week­end.

Phan­toms­fol­lowedupa3-3 home­drawwitha7-5de­feat in Sh­effield.

Craig Scott is back at Planet Ice on Sun­day.

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