Phantoms defenceman Callum Buglass, sponsored by Ultimate Performance Lifestyle, was pleased with Sunday night’s victory over the Swindon Wildcats, and also looks back on Saturday’s loss in Hull.
The Hull Pirates defeated the Phantoms 6-4 on Saturday night, but Buglass believes his teammates showed good character in what was a difficult night for Slava’s side.
“Hull are very good in their own building and it’s always a tough place to play. We started period one and two conceding pretty much straight away so that put us on the back foot. But as soon as we started a comeback late in the third, a few bounces didn’t go our way, but we showed a lot of character.” Said the Phantoms #45.
Slava Koulikov labelled Sunday night’s 6-3 win over the Swindon Wildcats as the best performance of the year so far from his side, and it was a win which Buglass thoroughly enjoyed.
He said: “The game was great to be a part of. It was a great game and they are the kind of games you want to be involved in. I thought we really showed how good we can be in our own building. We were relentless all game as well as clinical and when the rink has an atmosphere like that, it’s extremely fun to play in.”
Buglass played for Swindon between 2014-2017 and made just over 100 appearances for the Cats. He admits it is nice to get one over on a former side, but more importantly to beat the team who were at the top of the NIHL National table.
“Maybe it’s slightly sweeter (to beat his old side) but it’s just nice to beat whoever is top of the league because ultimately that’s where we want to be. You always want to prove you’re a top team and I think we did that by beating the team in first. Now we have to do that on a consistent basis.” Buglass said.
A number of Phantoms players commented on the noise inside the rink on Sunday night, saying it was the loudest it’s been since last season. Buglass appreciated the efforts of the fans who travelled to Hull on Saturday, and also the influence the fans had on Sunday’s performance and result against the Wildcats.
“The fans were amazing both games this weekend. It’s always nice to see fans travel to watch you play away and we’re gutted we couldn’t get the result for them. Sunday was brilliant, really loud and as I said earlier really fun to play in. Opposition teams hate it and that makes it a bonus for us!” Said the Welshman.
After such a good performance from the Phantoms, Buglass is well aware of the importance of building on the result, in order to put a string of results together.
“It’s really important now to build on this result and start putting a string of positive results together. It was huge points for the cup & we can’t afford to waste that result by slipping up elsewhere.” Buglass said.
Next week sees the Phantoms make the short trip to Milton Keynes to take on the Lightning in the second local derby of the season. If you’d like to travel on the team bus for the visit to MK, contact firstname.lastname@example.org – but be quick, as we’re expecting a good following of Phantoms fans for this one!
If you can’t make it to the game on Saturday, full match updates can be found on our official Twitter account – @GoPhantoms.
On Sunday, the Sheffield Steeldogs visit Planet Ice Peterborough. You can purchase tickets HERE, or from the Planet Ice ticket office upon arrival at the rink.