The Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey Team hosted the Cardiff Huskies on Saturday, in their second game of the 2018 British Para Ice Hockey League.
The Huskies, who feature a number of ex-Phantoms, finished 2nd in the league last season, and so the Phantoms knew they were in for another tough game.
In front of another good crowd at the Peterborough Ice Arena,the Phantoms took just 49 seconds to open the scoring. The first attack of the game saw the Phantoms Matt Coleman burst down the wing, with the Cardiff defence seemingly still in the locker room. Coleman’s pin point pass across the front of Gareth Rees in the Huskies goal, found Scotty Turner who had the simplest of tap in’s at the back post.
The goal settled the Phantoms nerves, and allowed the team to settle into the game. With a large squad, the Phantoms cycled the players restricting the Huskies shooting opportunities. When the visitors did find themselves in front of the Phantoms goal, they were thwarted by David O’Meara in the Phantoms net.
Period 2 saw the Huskies up their game, and both teams started to fight a bit more for supremacy. As the tempo increased, so did the hits, with neither team backing down in the battles for the puck. With just 59 seconds of the period remaining the visitors drew level as a shot through traffic from Tyler Christopher gave O’Meara no chance.
With both teams level after 30 minutes it was all to play for in the final period. Huskies Josh Campbell used his speed to setup the shooting opportunities for Russ Willey and Tyler Christopher but Ben Vernon and Jamie Hutchcraft in the Phantoms Defence weren’t giving up anything.
For the Phantoms, Matt Coleman was like a terrier, yapping around the Huskies goalmouth. On 35.28 the Phantoms regained the lead when Jamie Hutchcraft found Matt Coleman unmarked, and his low shot flew in under the Huskies netminder.
The goal lifted the home side with Kieran O’Meara and Scotty Turner going close, whilst debutant Dan Grange showed he wasn’t afraid to get stuck in to win the puck. Callum Shakespeare came close to adding a third goal as the Phantoms pushed forward in waves.
With under a minute of the game remaining and against the run of play, the puck fell to Tyler Christoper whose shot from just inside the blue line flew into the top corner to draw the game level. Straight from the re-start, Christopher broke through the Phantoms defence, but watched as his effort was smothered by the Phantoms netminder to keep the game at 2-2.
As the buzzer sounded, both teams were happy to share the points after a great advert for the sport.
Man of the Match:
Peterborough: Matt Coleman
Cardiff: Tyler Christopher
Shots On Goal:
O’Meara (PET) 20/2
Rees (CDF) 20/2