Phantoms forward Conor Pollard, sponsored by Niro, was delighted with the performances which ensured the Phantoms claimed a four point weekend.
On Saturday night, Phantoms beat their local rivals, MK Lightning, in their first visit to Milton Keynes of the season. Pollard felt it was a tough game, but fully believes the Phantoms deserved to come out on top.
“it was definitely a tough game. MK have a very experienced squad and a lot of individual talent. So, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, which they proved to us in the third period when they brought it back to 3-2 with just a few minutes to go in the game. A lot of it was end to end hockey and they are the games everybody likes to be a part of. Marrsy was outstanding and made some cracking saves for us and big Pete scoring two big goals helped us. We battled hard as a team for 60 minutes and I believe that’s key in every game and that’s what was needed to walk away with the win and extra points towards the cup.” Pollard said.
Saturday’s win saw the Phantoms take two wins from two against MKL so far this season. As a Peterborough lad, Pollard admitted victories against MK are a little bit sweeter than most other opponents.
He said: “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel sweeter. I know how much games against MK mean to us and the club. I can remember growing up watching the rivalry between the two sides and every game was unbelievable and great to watch, so to be a part of them now and to get two wins out of two so far feels pretty sweet.”
Sunday saw the Phantoms claim points three and four of the weekend with a 4-1 win over the Sheffield Steeldogs. Pollard believed the Phantoms maintained the levels they showed in Saturday’s win, and heaped praise on the SMS line for their impact on Sunday night’s win.
“I thought we started where we left off on Saturday, we came out hard and put them under a lot of pressure early, The SMS line has been flying as of late and proved just how good they are when Susters scored a first period hat-trick – that’s great to see. I know we probably didn’t have the best second or third period, but we did enough to get the points we needed to qualify for the cup semis, with Basingstoke losing on Sunday.”
“We were very happy to get a four point weekend and get through to the semi-finals of the cup, we have worked so hard to get the results we need for this competition and I’m very confident that we can go on and do something special. As far as the season is going, I believe we are now playing with a lot of confidence and now getting a few guys back from injury it’s only going to strengthen our team, we know every game is going to be tough so as long as we play our game good things will come our way.” Said the Phantoms #88.
Conor is also delighted for his brother Nathan, whose goal on Sunday made it three in four for him. Conor is grateful for the impact his brother has had on his game and believes he’ll get even better as the season progresses.
“I’m very pleased for him, he works so hard week in week out and it’s great to see him enjoying himself out there. I know the crowd and all the boys love the energy and physicality he brings, and it always gives us the boost we need. He’s helped me out so much since I started this season on and off the ice so I’m very happy to see him doing well and having scored a few nice goals lately I’m sure he’s only going to get better and better as the season goes along.” C.Pollard said.
The coming weekend sees the Bracknell Bees visit Peterborough on Saturday night, before the Phantoms make their second trip to Romford to take on the Raiders on Sunday. Pollard knows it will be a tough weekend yet again but is confident he and his teammates can deliver another four points.
“Bracknell are a tough team and we know they bring a physical presence whenever they play, they have a had a few changes in their line-up so will be interesting to see how they line up. As for Romford away, we have had two good results against them so far this season, so we hope that’ll continue Sunday night. We just have to play simple hockey and play the way we’ve been playing as of late, there’s a good feeling in the dressing room at the moment so we are hoping we can have this confidence leading up to Christmas!”