The Peterborough Phantoms picked up their first points of the season with a solid win over the Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday night.
Phantoms got off to the perfect start when import forward Ales Padelek prodded Slava Koulikov’s side into the lead on the rebound.
Duncan Speirs doubled the advantage late in the opening period, claiming the rewards for chasing the rebound as Luc Johnson’s shot fell kindly to him after the initial save by MKL goalie, Brandon Stones.
And the second period began in fantastic fashion for the Phantoms, as Padelek was left all alone in front of net to deke to the backhand and go upstairs for his second of the night and Phantoms’ third.
And the fourth goal followed soon after. Defenceman Nathan Long pinched in on the attack and found a gap to shoot at from an almost impossible angle to grab his first goal of the year.
Corey McEwen had a chance to make it five for the Phantoms before Jordan Marr was called into action to produce a smart stop to deny Callum Field the opening MKL goal of the evening.
Bobby Chamberlain put the Lightning on the board with just under five minutes to play. His shot agonisingly trickled in off Marr after the lay off by former Phantom, Leigh Jamieson.
But the Phantoms didn’t let the minor blip affect them and they held on for their first points of the NIHL Autumn Cup.
FINAL SCORE: Peterborough Phantoms 4-1 Milton Keynes Lightning
2:45 (PP 1-0 MK): #93 Ales Padelek / #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo (DPG)
16:57 (PP 2-0 MK): #38 Duncan Speirs / #21 Luc Johnson (EHG)
20:36 (PP 3-0 MK): #93 Ales Padelek / #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo / #72 Glenn Billing (EHG)
22:42 (PP 4-0 MK): #97 Nathan Long / #75 Ross Clarke / #35 Joe Gretton (EHG)
55:06 (PP 4-1 MK): #10 Bobby Chamberlain / #19 Leigh Jamieson / #25 Ed Knaggs (EHG)
Phantoms man of the match: #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo
MKL man of the match: #29 Brandon Stones