Telford take advantage of penalty decisions

Sunday, 21st February 2016

Manchester Phoenix fell to a 7-2 defeat at the Telford Tigers on Saturday evening, and in a similar manner to Phoenix’s last defeat in Telford, a series of penalty calls proved to be decisive.

Netminder Steve Fone denied Blahoslav Novak in a scrappy opening to the game, before Michal Satek was stopped by Sam Gospel at the other end of the ice.  Telford took the lead through Phil Hill at 15:57 and then doubled the lead in controversial fashion as Dan Davies scored as the buzzer went to end the period, but the goal was given.

Another penalty against Phoenix saw Telford capitalise on the Powerplay through Andrei Makrov at 24:16, before Max Birbraer made it 4-0 at 32:20.  Phoenix launched a determined comeback with Satek netting on a delayed penalty call at 35:24 despite being hooked back by Davies.

Early in the third period, Phoenix reduced the arrears further as Robin Kovar set up Luke Boothroyd to make it 4-2 at 40:43 on the Powerplay.  However, the momentum swung Telford’s way as Makrov scored again on the Powerplay at 46:30, which was quickly added to by another goal from Hill at 47:35.  Telford finished off the scoring thanks to another Powerplay opportunity, with Makrov completing his hat trick at 58:47.

Phoenix host the Milton Keynes Lightning in Deeside tonight with a 6:30pm face-off.