Milton Keynes Lightning 6-7 Peterborough Phantoms (After OT)
Phantoms picked up both points on Saturday night with their first overtime win of the season.
Bradley Bowering put the Phantoms in front with a well taken powerplay marker, after taking a pass from Corey McEwen and firing high into the top corner.
Liam Stewart levelled the scores moments later, collecting the rebound from his own wayward shot and tucking the puck past Jordan Marr.
Ales Padelek put the Phantoms back in front after MKL turned the puck over in their own zone. Padelek was given the time and space to pick his spot and he found it with aplomb, the same top corner Bowering had hit earlier in the frame.
Russell Cowley levelled the scores once more with 27:31 on the clock. Tomas Kana won the face off to Leigh Jamieson, and his shot was tipped in by captain Cowley.
McEwen reinstalled Phantoms’ advantage mid-way through the second period, after tipping in Robbie Ferrara’s blue line effort.
Jordan Marr then stood on his head to keep the Phantoms ahead, making a string of fantastic saves to keep the Lightning at bay.
Padelek netted his second of the night to send the Phantoms into the second intermission, 4-2 ahead.
Cale Tanaka made it 4-3 with 1:16 played in the third, Robbie Ferrara was sitting a roughing minor, and Tanaka was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on the man advantage.
Jamieson levelled the scores moments later to set up a thrilling end to the game.
Martins Susters put the Phantoms back in front with a brilliantly worked goal. Nathan Long played a lovely pass up ice to Stepanek, who gained the zone and played his pass across the face of goal to the onrushing Susters. Susters buried the puck beyond Dean Skinns to put the Phantoms back in front.
Jamieson equalised once again with his second of the night, with 52:20 on the clock.
James Ferrara added another highlight reel goal for the Phantoms after skating in down the left wing, cutting in and faking the wrist shot, before nonchalantly tucking the puck under Skinns’ pad and into the corner of the net.
James Griffin fired the sixth MKL goal, sending the game into OT.
Phantoms were under the cosh for the majority of overtime, but up stepped Callum Buglass. The Welshman went coast to coast with the puck, gained the zone and found a gap between Skinns’ pad and the post to send the Phantoms’ travelling support into raptures!
9:19 (MK 1-1 PP): #44 Liam Stewart / #30 Robin Kovar (EHG)
27:31 (MK 2-2 PP): #17 Russell Cowley / #19 Leigh Jamieson / #79 Tomas Kana (EHG)
41:16 (MK 3-4 PP): #13 Cale Tanaka / #30 Robin Kovar / #14 Harry Ferguson (PPG)
44:37 (MK 4-4 PP): #19 Leigh Jamieson / #13 Cale Tanaka / #21 Ross Green (EHG)
52:23 (MK 5-5 PP): #19 Leigh Jamieson / #44 Liam Stewart / #30 Robin Kovar (EHG)
57:45 (MK 6-6 PP): #15 James Griffin / #39 Sam Russell / #13 Cale Tanaka (EHG)
6:46 (MK 0-1 PP): #23 Bradley Bowering / #71 Corey McEwen / #45 Callum Buglass (PPG)
15:44 (MK 1-2 PP): #93 Ales Padelek (unassisted) (EHG)
31:13 (MK 2-3 PP): #71 Corey McEwen / #37 Robbie Ferrara / #40 Petr Stepanek (EHG)
39:33 (MK 2-4 PP): #93 Ales Padelek / #2 Tom Norton / #12 Nathan Pollard (EHG)
45:38 (MK 4-5 PP): #77 Martins Susters / #40 Petr Stepanek / #97 Nathan Long (EHG)
56:19 (MK 5-6 PP): #17 James Ferrara / #29 Will Weldon / #93 Ales Padelek (EHG)
64:40 (MK 6-7 PP): #45 Callum Buglass / #17 James Ferrara (EHG)
MKL man of the match: #19 Leigh Jamieson
Phantoms man of the match: #33 Jordan Marr