Phoenix stage comeback win in MK

Saturday, 30th January 2016

Manchester Phoenix travelled to Milton Keynes for their second game of the weekend, and after losing on penalty shots in Sheffield the previous night, produced a stirring comeback to claim a 5-4 overtime win.

The first period was all Phoenix, who opened up an early 2-0 advantage.  James Archer set up Robin Kovar at 6:55, and after Kovar was denied on the Powerplay, Martin Baranek scored on a breakaway at 12:32 after being released by Luke Boothroyd.  Former Phoenix favourite Frankie Bakrlik got MK back into the game when as scored at 16:26 as the period finished 2-1.

The home side turned up the pressure in the second period, and another former Phoenix player, Bobby Chamberlain, levelled the scores at 22:01.  MK took the lead for the first time in the game shortly afterwards as Blaz Emersic netted at 24:30, and Phoenix also lost James Archer to injury for the remainder of the game after a hit against the boards.

The third period saw Kovar denied an equaliser before Bakrlik grabbed his second of the game at 46:14 to give the hosts a 4-2 cushion.  But the comeback was on when Jacob Corson-Heron netted at 50:17 after being set up by Mark Thomas, before an amazing individual effort from Stanislav Gron at 52:39 levelled the scores.

Phoenix faced another overtime session which appeared to be heading for penalties before Gron fired home his second of the night with 28 seconds remaining to give Phoenix the win.  Tempers boiled over at the post-game handshakes, with Chamberlain and Baranek given roughing penalties.

Phoenix are back at home on Sunday night when we host the Basingstoke Bison in Deeside with a 6:30pm face-off.