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Peterborough Phantoms 5 - 2 Bracknell Bees (Sat 29th Nov 2015)

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Bracknell Bees logo The Bees fell to the league leaders on the road in Peterborough despite a solid effort...

Match report by Steve Merry

On Saturday night the Bees travelled to Peterborough to face the Phantoms, hoping to get some revenge for the overtime loss on Thursday night.

The Bees were without David Savage, Matt Towalski, Callum Fowler and Lukas Smital remained on the bench. The Phantoms were without James Ferrera, Dan Lane and Slava Koulikov also remained on the bench. Referee Andrew Miller took charge of the match with William Hewitt and Richard Fraley running the lines. Alex Mettam started in net for the Bees with Janis Auzins in the Phantoms goal.

The first period started with the Phantoms dominating and were camped out in the Bees zone, the Bees had their chance to move up the ice, but used this to change lines. Just over four minutes into the game the Phantoms had a chance to take the lead, when Alex Mettam struggled to clear the puck, Jan Bendik was there to clear, he fouled a Phantoms player in the process and was sent to the box for Holding, The Bees killed off the penalty after some great movement from the Phantoms. Just as things in the period started to turn for the Bees, Matt Foord was sent to the box for Tripping at 6.46. The Bees absorbed the pressure for just over a minute until an unmarked Ales Padelek slotted home from close range to give the home side the lead. This seemed to spark the Bees into life, they were seeing more of the puck and Vanya Antonov and Milan Kostourek were using the wings to get the puck into the Phantoms defensive zone. At 14.48 Spearing cleared the puck from behind the net a bit too hard and hit the netting above the glass and was sent to the box for delay of the game. The Bees effectively killed this penalty off. In the dying seconds at the end of the period, the Phantoms were given a too-Many Men on the ice call, arguably they were hard done by as there was only 2 seconds left on the clock but it meant the Bees would start the second on the powerplay.

The Bees went into the second stanza on the powerplay and they went straight to work setting themselves up in the Phantoms zone, Vanya Antonov worked the puck along the board and manged to get a pass to Milan Kostourek, who was on the point and found Sam Waller alone in the high slot and he let a rocket go and found the back of the net to tie the game at one goal each. This period was more even, with the Bees just shading it in my, Jan Bendik, Milan Kostourek and Vanya Antonov were giving the Phantoms something to think about, Alex Mettam was strong in the net and made a number of key saves. Jan Bendik went down cut at 31.08 and there was a slight delay as the ice was cleaned. Lloyd Gibson of the Phantoms was adjudged a Match Penalty, due to drawing blood, after the delay Jan Bendik was back on the ice and this was downgraded down to 5+Game penalty. This resulted in the Bees having a five minute powerplay but they could not find a way past Janis Auzins who was stellar in the Phantoms net, he was equal to everything. The Bees failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage. The rest of the period was end to end action, Vanya Antonov and Milan Kostourek both hit the post. The Bees had a couple of great chances to get the go ahead goal, but Janis Auzins stood firm.

The final twenty minutes began well for the Bees with a great two on one for Milan Kostourek and Vanya Antonov, but they ran out of ice and opportunity came and went. Jan Bendik headed to the box for tripping at 44.11 and the Phantoms started to turn the screw as the Bees short bench began to tire. On the powerplay they scored at 44.52 through Tom Norton assisted Ales Padelek and Marc Levers. Five minutes later the home side scored again at 49.07 when Craig Scott scored from close range after some great work from Milan Baranyk and Scott Robson, less than a minute later the Phantoms scored again at 50.48 when Darius Pliskauskas scored assisted Edgars Bebris and Marc Levers. The scoring for the Phantoms was complete at 53.51 on the powerplay whilst Josh Tetlow for the Bees was sitting for delay of the game. The Bees narrowed the Phantoms lead as they scored their second of the night at 55.33 When Milan Kostourek hit the cross bar and in the ensuing melee that followed young Tom Beesley slotted home for a late consolation goal. At 56.44 Spearing was adjudged to have interfered with Janis Auzins in the Phantoms net, the netminder retaliated and was also penalised, so we had some four on four hockey. The play moved end to end in the last few minutes. After the final hooter, during the handshakes there was a huddle of players from both teams having words about the Spearing/Auzins incident, this was broken up by the players and officials and we moved to the Man of the Match Awards. The Phantoms Ales Padelek received the Phantoms award although it could be argued that Marc Levers or Martins Susters also deserved it for the Phantoms. The Bees Man of the Match was Vanya Antonov who worked hard and tirelessly through the whole game.

Match stats
Period scores: 1-0, 0-1, 4-1
Phantoms scorers: Padelek 2+1; Scott & Pliskauskas 1+1; Norton 1+0; Levers 0+3; Robson, Bebris & Baranyk 0+1
Bees scorers: Beesley & Waller 1+0; Kostourek & Antonov 0+2)
Phantoms PIMS: 31 (Gibson 25; Auzins, McGiffin & Bench 2)
Bees PIMS: 14 (Bendik & Spearing 4; Foord, Tetlow & Smith 2)
Shots on Phantoms (Auzins): 24 (6, 10, 8)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 43 (17, 8, 18)

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