Phoenix edged out in Peterborough

Wednesday, 17th February 2016

Manchester Phoenix travelled to the Peterborough Phantoms on Wednesday evening, and welcomed Coventry Blaze utility player Dale Buckland into the line-up.

It wasn’t an encouraging start as Craig Scott netted just 59 seconds in for Peterborough, but after Stanislav Gron had a good chance from close in, Phoenix levelled when Robin Kovar won a face-off and Martin Baranek fired home a wrist shot at 8:14.

Parity didn’t last long however as James White scored one-on-one for Peterborough at 8:49, and Scott then buried his second of the night on the rebound at 17:36 to make it 3-1.  Michal Satek then had a goal harshly washed out for man in the crease late on in the period as Phoenix weren’t able to capitalise on an effective Powerplay.

Gron had a good opportunity early in the second period but was denied by Janis Auzins, before White scrambled in his second of the night at 26:36.  Phoenix responded immediately as Ben Wood screened a shot from Mark Thomas shot at 27:32.  Late in the period, Steve Fone made an excellent save to deny a Milan Baranyk penalty shot to keep the score at 4-2.

Phoenix started the final period in the ascendancy and Trent Hope flipped a pass to Baranek who raced in on goal to score on the backhand at 44:00.  The comeback didn’t materialise however as Scott completed his hat trick at 45:49.  The remainder of the period was all Phoenix as both Gron and Kovar were denied with superb saves, and Hope almost capitalised on a giveaway late on but the game ended 5-3.

Phoenix are at home to the Milton Keynes Lightning at Deeside on Sunday with a 6:30pm face-off.