This weekend sees the Phantoms take on the Hull Pirates in a double header. Phantoms are at home on Saturday (7pm) before travelling to Hull on Sunday (5:30pm).
Pirates started with three wins, before losing their following four. Last week they completed a four point weekend, moving up to sixth position in the process.
Phantoms will be without Nathan Pollard on Saturday night due to personal commitments, but the forward will return on Sunday when the Phantoms travel to Hull. Jarvis Hunt will miss the weekend through injury, whilst Corey McEwen could return to the Phantoms line up.
Joe Gretton is available after signing his two-way contract this week and is likely to feature for the Phantoms once again.
Hull were without the services of captain Jamie Chilcott and forward Matty Davies last weekend, and it is not yet known whether either will feature against the Phantoms this week. Jason Hewitt didn’t play on Sunday night, and there has been no confirmation whether he’ll be fit to face the Phantoms this weekend.
Pirates released import forward Olegs Sislannikovs from his contract this week and replaced him with Canadian forward David Norris. The former MKL forward has arrived in the country but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be in the Pirates line up to take on the Phantoms.
Hull are on 10 points with a game in hand on four of the five teams above them. They had a couple of weekends where they didn’t pick up any points but look at last weekend when they went to Bison short benched and beat them, and then beat Leeds. You don’t expect them to roll over and the way they play is why they score so many goals. Offence starts in defence with how they move the puck and they’re known around the league for that, so we’re expecting two very tough games.
I liked our pre-season schedule. We played against two really good teams. But I don’t think those scores will reflect what will happen at the weekend. Both teams have progressed since then and I don’t look at those games as a mark. They were just really good pre-season games and it’ll be totally different scenario this weekend. We played them three times last year including at Coventry. The first game was decided on penalty shots, second was a one goal game and the third went to OT. It’ll be a game of fine margins, small details, executing them right not giving them anything extra on top of what they’ll create. We need everyone to give 110% every time they step on the ice.
There are no easy games, but this is a big game because both teams want to fight and progress in the table. We know they had a short bench last week, but we don’t know how long their guys will be out, so we have to plan as if they’ll have a full-strength team and that’s probably the best way to prepare.
THE OPPOSITION BENCH
Jason Hewitt brings a wealth of experience to the Hull Pirates. The 36 year old played most of his career in the Elite League, and has also iced numerous times for Great Britain. He was named in the NIHL1 North All Star Team last season.
Phantoms are at home on Saturday night, facing off at 7pm. For tickets to Saturday’s game, click HERE, or purchase your tickets from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival to the rink.
On Sunday, it’s a 5:30pm face off away in Hull. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how you can travel on the team bus to the game, or follow @GoPhantoms on Twitter for full match updates if you can’t attend.
MATCH NIGHT COMPETITIONS
50/50 tickets will be priced at £1 for 1, £2 for 3 and £5 for 10. To be in with a chance of playing our newest intermission game, Puck It, simply buy £5 worth of 50/50 tickets to be entered into the draw!
This week’s ‘shirt off your back’ is #71 Corey McEwen. Tickets are £1 for 1, £2 for 3 and £5 for 10!
There will be a number of Halloween activities taking place at Saturday night’s game. This includes a pumpkin carving competition, face painting and much more! Click HERE for more information!
We’re also inviting adult fans to wear orange on Saturday night, whilst we’d love our younger fans to come in their Halloween costumes to take part in our Phanforce fancy dress competition!