MATCH REPORT | NARROW LOSS FOR THE PHANTOMS OVER LOCAL RIVALS MKL

MATCH REPORT | NARROW LOSS FOR THE PHANTOMS OVER LOCAL RIVALS MKL

The Peterborough Phantoms were narrowly defeated by local rivals Milton Keynes Lightning on Saturday night.

The Phantoms spent a fair amount of the opening period on the power play, with James Griffin, Ross Green and Sam Talbot all making a trip to the home penalty box.

And the Phantoms capitalised on their third power play opportunity, after Callum Buglass found Ales Padelek and Glenn Billing was on hand to tap home the rebound after Padi’s initial shot was saved.

After the opening goal of the game, Jordan Marr stood tall for the Phantoms and Slava Koulikov’s side went into the first intermission with a one goal lead.

But their lead only lasted just under six minutes of the second period, as Sean Norris capitalised on a mishap in defence to level the scores.

Adam Laishram fired MKL in front with just over 33 minutes played. The Canadian forward was picked out by Liam Stewart, and fired a shot past Marr.

Duncan Speirs drew the Phantoms level with a smart finish at the back door after good work by his line mates, Glenn Billing and Ales Padelek.

MKL captain Russell Cowley put the Lightning back in front with a good finish into the top corner, before Billing claimed his second goal of the night with an effort similar to his first.

Stewart put his name on the scoresheet with the Lightning’s fourth goal, shooting into the top shelf after Cowley found him with time and space in front of net.

And when Bobby Chamberlain ripped a shot into the top corner, MKL led by two for the first time in the game as it entered the final five minutes of regulation.

Speirs set up a grandstand finish when he found the top shelf at 58:17, but the Lightning held on to claim both points.

FINAL SCORE: Milton Keynes Lightning 5-4 Peterborough Phantoms

MKL goals:

25:53 (MK 1-1 PP): #86 Sean Norris / #98 Sam Talbot (EHG)

33:12 (MK 2-1 PP): #48 Adam Laishram / #16 Liam Stewart / #19 Leigh Jamieson (PPG)

43:20 (MK 3-2 PP): #17 Russell Cowley / #16 Liam Stewart / #48 Adam Laishram (EHG)

47:27 (MK 4-3 PP): #16 Liam Stewart / #17 Russell Cowley / #25 Ed Knaggs (EHG)

54:34 (MK 5-3 PP): #10 Bobby Chamberlain / #98 Sam Talbot / #86 Sean Norris (EHG)

Phantoms goals:

14:59 (MK 0-1 PP): #72 Glenn Billing / #93 Ales Padelek / #45 Callum Buglass (PPG)

34:50 (MK 2-2 PP): #38 Duncan Speirs / #72 Glenn Billing / #93 Ales Padelek (PPG)

45:44 (MK 3-3 PP): #72 Glenn Billing / #38 Duncan Speirs / #2 Tom Norton (PPG)

58:17 (MK 5-4 PP): #38 Duncan Speirs / #29 Will Weldon (EHG)

MKL man of the match: #48 Adam Laishram

Phantoms man of the match: #38 Duncan Speirs