Phantoms goalie, Jordan Marr, is confident the Phantoms can return to winning ways this weekend.
The Phantoms are currently on a three-match winless run after losses to MKL, Basingstoke and Telford, but Marr believes the team will turn a corner and return to winning ways this weekend. Raiders visit Planet Ice on Saturday, before the Phantoms travel to Bracknell to take on the Bees on Sunday.
In an interview with Bob Hillier from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Jordan said:
“We definitely hope we can turn a corner. The last three games have obviously been winless, and it is disappointing. If you look at last year when we had success, we had those winning habits, we took them from practice into games and I think in the last three games, they’ve been there, but perhaps not consistently enough to be able to finish off games. We’ve been in all of the games, coming back from 6-0 down to finish 8-6 shows we have character to come back and fight for games and be in close games but Slava always says about the 5% or 10% extra we need to win games, so hopefully we can get back to winning ways this weekend.”
Marr admits he was disappointed with his performance against Telford on Sunday, as the Phantoms fought back from 6-0 down but were ultimately defeated 8-6.
“It doesn’t matter if we’re one goal up or down, we play as if it’s a 0-0 game and we need to make sure we do our bit to help the team win. If you’re letting in 7 goals, it’s probably not one of your best games so I was disappointed with my performance. It was really good to see the guys fight back and get the six goals in the third period. Usually if you score 6 goals in a game you’re going to win, so I was disappointed with my performance, all a goalie can do is give their team a chance to win and I didn’t do that on Sunday, so I have to work hard and get ready for this weekend.” Said the Phantoms goalie.
Despite the winless run, Marr is confident the Phantoms can return to form this week. Marr knows the impact a goalie can have on results and is determined to give the team the best chance he can this weekend.
“We’re confident in every game we go into. Not necessarily every guy has to perform to their usual standard every game, but we need the majority of the guys and definitely the goalie. The goalie can’t win you games, but they can definitely lose you games. Last time in Romford we were a bit short benched, but we were disappointed to come away with the loss. We know they’re going to come out of the gates hard and it’s up to us to make sure we turn up and play for the full 60 minutes to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning the game.”
The Phantoms goalie also knows the kind of game the Phantoms will face on Sunday night, with a trip to Bracknell on the cards. He believes the team will be prepared and ready to battle for another important two points.
“Most of the teams are quite physical but especially Bracknell. They’re similar to Basingstoke in some ways, they’re a really physical and hardworking team and they like to throw guys off their game and get in their faces, but again we just need to stick to our game plan and focus on the things we can control. The things you can’t, you just have to let them go by the wayside. We feel like there’s been games where the refs maybe haven’t called things but there’s also been games, especially the last few games we’ve been given more powerplay opportunities than the other team and we need to make the most of them. Bracknell are well coached, and we know they won’t give up until the final buzzer so it’s up to us to work harder than them to hopefully get us over the line.” Said the Phantoms #33.
For tickets to Saturday’s home game against the Raiders, click HERE, or purchase them from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink. Doors open at 6pm, with face off at 7pm.
If you would like to travel to Bracknell on Sunday night to support the Phantoms against the Bees, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Face off at the Hive on Sunday is at 5:30pm.
If you are unable to attend the game, full match updates will be found on Twitter, @GoPhantoms.
Our thanks go to Bob Hillier for his continued support in covering the Peterborough DALROD Phantoms!