The second leg of the National Cup Semi-Final is upon us as the Phantoms take on the Hull Pirates for a place in the Final.
Gareth O’Flaherty remains out of the Phantoms line up with an injury. He has missed a number of games in recent weeks after sustaining an injury in Basingstoke and will not return to the team on Friday.
The other absentee will be Jarvis Hunt. Hunt picked up a knock against the Leeds Chiefs a couple of weeks ago and won’t be fit to face the Pirates in Friday’s second leg.
Slava Koulikov is hopeful to have the rest of his squad available for the game, as the Phantoms look to progress to the final.
The Pirates have been bolstered by the return of a number of important players in recent weeks, as Matty Davies, Lee Haywood and Kevin Phillips all returned to the line up.
However, Lee Bonner was recently assessed a match penalty for slew footing and picked up a four match suspension. The final game of his ban is Friday night’s visit to Peterborough.
Matt Bissonnette picked up a knock against Bracknell on Sunday and it is not yet known whether the 27-year-old import will be fit to face the Phantoms.
Marcus Neil, Aaron Smith and Josh Gent have all missed a number of matches recently for Jason Hewitt’s side.
The guys did everything they could in the first leg. It’s not easy to play mid-week games with work commitments, but the commitment to the game and occasion was there from every player. Corey’s hat trick was huge, it’s always noticeable when someone gets a hat trick but the whole of the team performed. For that kind of game, it was the right level of commitment and all the guys played really well.
Hull have one of the best offences in the league and you have to try and approach this game as a 0-0 hockey game. You don’t play as if you have a lead, you play a normal game and at the end of it if the two-goal lead comes into it and helps then that’s good, but we shouldn’t rely on them.
The guys did extremely well last year, they deserved the trophies they won, they had to fight for every trophy because none of the games were easy so winning them was a huge achievement for the players. We kept the majority of the team and the memories they created for themselves as individuals and as a team were really good. They should want to make more of those and that starts in the semi-final. I’m sure the guys will want to relive those memories and take them forward into the final. It would mean a lot for the players, the club and the fans as well.
Match tickets are available HERE or from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink. Season ticket holders will need to purchase tickets for this game, but season ticket seats are still reserved.
MATCH NIGHT COMPETITIONS
The 50/50 prize at Friday night’s game is a guaranteed £300, so be sure to see a match night ticket seller to be in with a chance to win! Tickets are £1 for 1, £2 for 3 and £5 for 10.
If you buy £5 worth of 50/50 tickets, you’ll also be in with a chance of participating in Puck It!
‘Shirt off your back’ is #40 Petr Stepanek! Tickets are £1 for 1, £2 for 3 and £5 for 10.
With the team wearing their orange jersey, we are asking fans to wear orange in support of the team. There will also be orange towels on each seat for fans to wave during the match.