Phantoms defenceman Brad Bowering, sponsored by Complete Framing, believes the team’s first four-point weekend of the season will be a massive momentum boost going forward. The Phantoms beat the Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday night, before comfortably overcoming the Milton Keynes Lightning in Sunday night’s local derby.
Slava Koulikov’s side picked up their first away win of the year by beating the then league leaders, Sheffield Steeldogs. Goals from Jarvis Hunt, Petr Stepanek, Glenn Billing and Martins Susters saw the Phantoms run out 4-1 winners.
Bowering thinks it was vital to claim the away win, in order to begin building momentum for the rest of the season.
“As everyone knows we’ve been struggling away, with three losses. So, with Sheffield being maybe the best team in the league at the minute, it was a momentum booster for us going into next weekend.” Said the young Phantoms defenceman.
It was a positive weekend for the Phantoms with eight goals scored and only one conceded across the two games. Bowering and the team are aware of the need to score more goals, but he also believes the defence play a key role in picking up results.
“We did do well, obviously there was a few mistakes here and there but Marrsy definitely came in strong for us there. We need to score goals, but if we’re tight at the back we’re still going to win games, and that’s the most important thing.” Said Bowering.
Bowering has been disappointed with his start to the season, but thinks he is starting to find his form.
“I didn’t have the start I wanted, and I feel like this weekend is the first weekend where I’ve played solidly in both games and done what I needed to do, so I’ve just got to move forward from here and keep that up.” Said the Phantoms #23.
With four weeks of the NIHL National season now played, it is clear to see that anyone can beat anyone on any given night, and Bowering is well aware of the importance of going into each weekend with the right mindset, in order to pick up results.
“Every game is a tough game; we have to go into every game with the mindset that it’s going to be a struggle. We’re still obviously doing well, it is tough, but we’ll battle through. Silverware is the goal but there’s a long way to go and we’ll just keep going. We’ll take it game by game and weekend by weekend. But at the moment we’re not doing too bad, so we’ll see!” Bowering said.
And Bowering was quick to praise the Phantoms fans for their support on Sunday night.
“There were times when we were in their zone for ages and the fans were really getting into it, and it does help us get into the game and get the momentum going to get a few goals.”