Brad Bowering only recently turned 18, but already plays an important role for the Phantoms. After two wins in two huge games, Bowering is enjoying his involvement in the big occasions.
In a frantic Friday night game, the Phantoms defeated the Hull Pirates 8-6 to take a 12-8 aggregate win in the National Cup Semi-Final. Bowering doesn’t think the team played the best game defensively, but the result was the most important thing.
“Friday’s game was great; we know Hull have a very strong offence and would come out battling from the start. We may have not been the best defensively, but we were able to get the goals when they were needed and that’s what counts.” Bowering said.
Bowering recently turned 18 but has played in many important matches during his time with the Phantoms so far. Despite being one of the youngest members of the team, he tries not to let the pressure of the big games affect his game.
“I just try and play the game how I usually would and play with confidence. Overall, I enjoy the bigger games as I feel the atmosphere on the bench and from the fans is amplified, which makes the game more intense and the win feel even better!” Said Bowering.
Sunday saw the Phantoms return to league action and extend their winning run to seven games with victory over Swindon. Bowering saw similarities between Friday and Sunday’s game but thinks Slava Koulikov will want the team to be more solid defensively moving forward.
“Sunday was quite similar to the cup semi-final; it was a very back and forth game with a lot of goals. I’m sure Slava would like us to be sounder defensively, but it’s a good sign that our offensive is being dominant. The win is especially nice against a strong team like Swindon where the two points mean a lot to both teams. Confidence is super high at the moment, beating teams like Hull and Swindon are no easy tasks. Hopefully we can keep the streak going Saturday.” Said the 18-year-old Phantoms defenceman.
The fans have earned rave reviews from players and off ice staff over the last month or so, and Bowering was keen to add to the praise for the noise being generated at home games.
“The fans have been great recently, playing at home is a huge advantage during those big games and it’s been such a great atmosphere to play in!” Bowering said.
Up next for the Phantoms is a one game weekend, a home game against the Bracknell Bees on Saturday night. You can click HERE to get tickets. Or, you can purchase them from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink.
Doors will open at 6pm ahead of a 7pm face off at Planet Ice Peterborough.