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Manchester Phoenix 5-4(OT) Basingstoke Bison

Sunday, 25th September 2011

An entertaining first period found Phoenix unlucky to be 3-1 down. Phoenix had the best of the early exchanges but went a goal down to a sweet move that ended with Jacob Heron scoring at 6.51.

It took Phoenix 8 minutes to equalise when Cingel was at the back post to slot home a Tony Hand pass.

Parity only lasted seconds when ex Phoenix favourite Joe Miller put the Bison back in front.

The home side were caught out when Dubec went one on one with Fone and slotted home.

Phoenix had a dream start to the second period and made it 2-3 only 15 seconds after the re-start, Stephen Wallace getting the goal. More to come from the home side and Wallace netted his second, and the equalising goal, to send the big crowd wild. Phoenix ran into penalty trouble with 5 minutes left in the period and found themselves on a long 3 on 5 penalty kill. Excellent defending kept the Bison at bay, however another strange call meant that they were a man down for 1 minute 41 seconds at the start of the third.

Phoenix killed the penalty but fell behind again as Joe Miller scored another goal against his old club. Yet again Phoenix hit back and made it 4-4 with Martin Cingel’s second of the night. Phoenix had to defend yet another penalty as the game ran down but overtime was probably the best result for both teams.

42 seconds into overtime and the Dome went wild as Phoenix scored the goal that gave them a 4 point weekend. Tony Hand went into the face off with Bison coach Steve Moria and somehow the puck bulleted past the impressive Colclough. Final score 5-4 to Phoenix.

Great entertainment at the Dome once again. Your next slice of the action is next Sunday when we take on Swindon Wildcats, face off 17.30.

Cingel opens the Phoenix account

Cingel opens the Phoenix account
(Image: Richard Allan)

Hand faces off against Moria

Hand faces off against Moria
(Image: Richard Allan)

Wallace roofs it for Phoenix's second

Wallace roofs it for Phoenix's second
(Image: Richard Allan)

Tempers fray in the second period

Tempers fray in the second period
(Image: Richard Allan)

Relief all round at the win

Relief all round at the win
(Image: Richard Allan)