The Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey Team secured their first victory of the 2018 British Para Ice Hockey League campaign on Sunday, when they defeated the Sheffield Steelkings 3-0.
This season, the Phantoms have become experts at scoring early first goals, and after scoring on 2:39 in game 1, 0:49 in game 2, they opened the scoring in Sheffield after just 29 seconds of the game. Scotty Turner broke free of the Steelkings defence and coolly slotted the puck over Steelkings new netminder Warren Hewitt.
Steelkings are an improving team, and their skill level has increased this season, as has their squad size. With both teams having large squads it allowed for quick changes, keeping the players full of energy on the ice. Hewitt was the busier of the two netminders, but his size and agility was keeping the Phantoms at bay.
Phantoms first penalty of the season came on 8.38 when Jamie Hutchcraft spent 2 minutes on the naughty step for Tee’ing.
The middle period saw the Phantoms continue their dominance. Whenever they had the puck they fought to retain the possession before finding another Phantoms with crisp passes.
Phantoms doubled their lead on 18.23 when a slow low pass from Matt Coleman deceived the Steelkings defence and bobbled over the line and into the back of the net. Ali Amini nearly made it 3-0 when he found himself unmarked in front of the Steelkings goal, but he couldn’t quite make contact with the puck when it came to his stick.
A worrying injury to Phantoms Captain Matt Coleman saw him leave the game in some pain after taking a stick to the ribs late on.
Steelkings only penalty of the game came on 40.34 when they were called for Too Many Men. The Phantoms punished the home side on the Powerplay as Scotty Turners shot from the face-off dot flew over Hewitts shoulder and into the back of the goal ion 42:00 to make the final score Steelkings 0 – 3 Phantoms.
Man of the Match:
Steelkings – Barry Grayson
Phantoms – Scotty Turner
Shots On Goal:
Hewitt (SHE) – 26/3
O’Meara (PET) – 6/0