The Peterborough Phantoms final roadtrip of the BPIHA League campaign saw them, travel to Altrincham to face the Manchester Mayhem.
With a number of injuries hitting the team, the Phantoms travelled to the game with just 6 players, meaning they had no substitutions and would have to play a defensive game to conserve their energy. With regular defenceman Ben Vernon out with a shoulder injury, Matt Coleman, who was suffering with a back injury was forced to slot into Defence to partner Marty Quinn. Upfront Scotty Turner was joined by Naomi Adie and Ben Grange. The ever present David O’Meara was between the pipes for the Phantoms.
The game started with the Phantoms the better of the two teams. Despite being low on numbers, the Phantoms were keeping control of the puck and frustrating the homeside. It took nearly 10 minutes of the opening period before the Mayhem opened with account, against the run of play. A Mayhem attack saw the puck drop to the experienced Karl Nicholson who didn’t waste his chance at scoring. Despite outshooting the Phantoms 11 to 6 in the opening 15 monites, Nicholsons goal was the only score of the period.
Early in the middle period, the Phantoms found themselves on a powerplay after Pat Booth was called for Boarding on 17.14. Phantoms pushed forward but the Mayhem penalty kill unit held strong to deny the visitors.
Manchester up’ed their game after the Phantoms Powerplay, and the Phantoms found themselves pinned back in their own half of the ice. On 20.36 Nicholson netted his second of the game, having broken through the middle of the Phantoms defence.
Booth made up for his earlier penalty when he made it 3-0 with just 1.31 of the period remaining. His speculative shot was knocked up in the air by O’Meara in the Phantoms goal, and dropped just behind the netminder before tricking over the line. As the Phantoms minds turned to the break Nicholson sprung free on a 2-v-0 breakaway to score his hatrick goal on 29.19.
The final period saw the Phantoms pushing for the elusive away goal. Just 3 minutes into the period Scotty Turner broke free but could only watch as Darren Pomfret in the Mayhem goal glovesaved his shot. A minute later and after riding a check on the boards, Turner found Matt Coleman powering up mid-ice but Colemans shot was well saved by Pomfret once more.
The Phantoms did finally break Pomfret’s shutout on 35.52 when a low shot from Matt Colemen slipped under Pomfrets sledge to make it 4-1.
Karl Nicholson netted his 4th and Mayhem’s 5th of the game on 39.27 when his hich shot, across the body of David O’Meara, nestled into the top corner of the Phantoms goal for the final score of the night.
Man of the Match went to Marty Quinn for the Phantoms and Graham Wilson for the Mayhem.
Shots on Goal:
Mayhem: Darren Pomfret – 12/1 (6-3-3)
Phantoms: David O’Meara – 28/5 (11-5-12)