MATCH REPORT | BAINBOROUGH TAKES THE PLAUDITS AS PHANTOMS FALL SHORT IN BRACKNELL

MATCH REPORT | BAINBOROUGH TAKES THE PLAUDITS AS PHANTOMS FALL SHORT IN BRACKNELL

Bracknell Bees 4–3 Peterborough Phantoms

A man of the match performance from Ryan Bainborough wasn’t enough for the Phantoms on Sunday night, as they fell to defeat against the Bracknell Bees. 

Corey McEwen gave the Phantoms the lead with a fine solo effort. He took the pass from Petr Stepanek and danced around the Bees defence before applying the finishing touch past Adam Goss. 

Will Weldon doubled the Phantoms lead with 7:10 to play in the first period, before Glenn Billing had two chances to put the Phantoms two goals ahead.

But it was the Bees who struck next. Josh Ealey=Newman with his first of the night with 2:39 to play in the opening frame. 

The Bees began to build momentum in the second period and levelled the scores with on the clock. Good defensive work from Luke Jackson allowed Ealey-Newman and then Dominik Gabaj to set up Josh Smith for the equaliser.

With just under a minute to play in the second period, the comeback was complete. Ealey-Newman notched his second of the game to send the Bees into the second intermission, the happier of the two sides. 

And the scores were level once again with 51:11 on the clock. Weldon raced out of the penalty box and straight into the action, tapping the puck home at the back door to set up a frantic finish. 

But the Phantoms ran into penalty trouble as the game entered the latter stages. The Bees had 1:04 worth of 5 on 3 powerplay with Stepanek and Robbie Ferrara in the box. 

Phantoms killed Stepanek’s penalty, but Roman Malinik set up Ryan Webb for the game winning goal on the powerplay for the Bracknell Bees. 

Bees goals:

17:21 (BB 1-2 PP): #63 Josh Ealey-Newman / #23 Dominik Gabaj / #75 Brendan Baird (PPG)

35:20 (BB 2-2 PP): #27 Josh Smith / #23 Dominik Gabaj / #63 Josh Ealey-Newman (EHG)

39:07 (BB 3-2 PP): #63 Josh Ealey-Newman / #34 Roman Malinik (EHG)

56:41 (BB 4-3 PP): #18 Ryan Webb / #34 Roman Malinik (PPG) 

Phantoms goals:

2:37 (BB 0-1 PP): #71 Corey McEwen / #40 Petr Stepanek / #29 Will Weldon (EHG)

7:10 (BB 0-2 PP): #29 Will Weldon / #71 Corey McEwen / #11 Scott Robson (EHG)

51:11 (BB 3-3 PP): #29 Will Weldon / #71 Corey McEwen / #72 Glenn Billing (EHG)

Bees man of the match: #63 Josh Ealey-Newman

Phantoms man of the match: #44 Ryan Bainborough