The Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey team shared the points and 8 goals in their opening game of the 2018 British Para Ice Hockey League.
The game started with the Phantoms using their numerical advantage over Mayhem to control the game. They took the lead on 2.39 when club Captain Matt Coleman’s show from out wide flew into the goal. The goal spurred on the Phantoms who despite being outshot looked the more dangerous of the two teams.
After a string of impressive saves by Phantoms new Netminder David O’Meara, the Mayhem finally found the back of the net on 10.15 when Rob Allen’s low shot skipped under O’Meara’s glove to make it all square at the first break.
The second period saw the Phantoms struggle to hold their positional play, leading to a number of Mayhem breakaways. After being saved by the pipework, Phantoms eventually fell behind on 19.57 when Karl Nicholson and Anthony Booth found themselves clear on the Phantoms goal and Nicholson made sure he didn’t miss this time.
O’Meara was keeping the Phantoms in the game, as his defence went wandering up the ice but another breakaway on 26.26 this time saw Nicholson the provider to Booth who extended the visitors lead.
The goal saw Phantoms call a 30 second timeout as Coach Offers gave his team the hairdryer treatment !
With no further goals, it was down to the last 15 minutes of the game for the Phantoms to rescue the game in front of a large and loud audience.
With just under 4 minutes of the period played, Darren Browns pass from the defence found Matt Coleman who turned Dougie Hankinson inside out in the Mayhem goal before pulling the game back to 3-2.
A Nicholson breakaway goal on 39.22 looked to have knocked the wind out of the Phantoms sails, but just 25 seconds after the restart Coleman found himself on a 2 on 1 breakaway to net his hatrick goal and setup a frantic final 5 minutes.
Phantoms battled for every puck and on 43.46 they netted their equalising goal. Callum Shakespeare, who was making his return to the sport after a year away, battled for the puck against the boards on the Mayhem Blueline, and when it popped out he threw in a speculative shot which deceived Hankinson and bobbled across the line.
As the final buzzer sounded both teams were happy to claim a point from a back and forth game that could have been won by either side.
Man of the Match went to Phantoms Netminder David O’Meara and Mayhem’s solid Defenceman Rob Allen.
Shots On Goal:
O’Mears – 7/1 – 7/2 – 6/1 = 20 Shots, 4 Goals Against
Hankinson – 3/1 – 2/0 – 5/3 = 10 Shots, 4 Goals Against