Phoenix strike Lightning

Saturday, 17th November 2012

Milton Keynes Lightning 1 -  Manchester Phoenix 4

Phoenix scorers:  Archer x 2, Psurny x 2

J Davidson sponsored Manchester Phoenix gained revenge for an early season defeat in Milton Keynes with an excellent road performance to win 4-1.

Phoenix got off to the perfect start with a goal on 1.25 from Michal Psurny, assisted by Ondrej Pozivil and Joachim Flaten. They stunned the home crowd and delighted the Phoenix faithful by doubling the lead through James Archer just over a minute later. Scott McKenzie picked up an assist on the goal. Lightning pulled a goal back on 8.36 through Leigh Jamieson with assists going to Kamil Tvrdek and Blaz Emersic. There was a scare for Phoenix when Stephen Fone was very slow to get up after a save and gingerly got through the rest of the period. Despite being outshot, Phoenix went to the first break with a 2-1 lead.

Phoenix, with Stephen Fone back out for the second period, again started with a goal. James Archer hit his second of the night, assisted by Tom Duggan and Scott McKenzie. MK had their chances with 3 power plays but the home special teams appeared to be mis-firing. The period ended with Phoenix up 3-1.

MK had a long five on three powerplay at the start of the third but Phoenix stood strong and saw out the advantage. A solid containing third period for Phoenix completed the game with an empty net goal from Michal Psurny on 59.33 after Lightning pulled goalie Alex Mettam for the extra outskater.

A happy band of Phoenix players and fans headed home with the points, looking forward to Sunday’s encounter at the Dome against the Swindon Wildcats.