The Peterborough Phantoms claimed both points in their final game before Christmas, with a win over the Bees.
Jasper Foster gave the Phantoms the perfect start when he ripped an effort into the back of the net with 3:37 played.
But the Phantoms needed their goalie to keep them ahead, and Ryan Bainborough did exactly that. The Phantoms’ #44 made several fine stops with the score at 1-0 to keep the lead in tact.
And Bainborough and his teammates enjoyed the rewards for his heroics in the final minute of the period. When Ales Padelek teed up Tom Norton, he fired in a trademark slap shot to double the Phantoms’ lead going into the first intermission.
The Bees did get on the board with 4:54 played in the second period. Import forward Dominik Gabaj found himself in the right place at the right time to notch the visitors’ first goal of the evening.
Both sides had chances to score on the power play, but the Phantoms actually profited from a short handed goal as the second period went on. Nathan Pollard capitalised on a breakaway chance to go to the backhand and send the puck through the five hole of Adam Goss and into the back of the net.
However, Josh Smith struck the Bees’ second of the game just 50 seconds later, meaning the Phantoms went into the second intermission with just a one goal lead.
Padelek sealed the deal with just over ten minutes to play, though. The veteran Czech forward found space in the centre of the zone to get a shot on net, and it found its way in to send the Phantoms fans into raptures.
The Phantoms dealt with the final ten minutes professionally, and comfortably held out for a return to winning ways.
We’re back in action on the 27th December with an away trip to Milton Keynes, before the Lightning visit Planet Ice Peterborough for our next home game on the 28th.
Merry Christmas to all of our players, staff and fans – we look forward to seeing you all soon!
FINAL SCORE: Peterborough Phantoms 4-2 Bees IHC
3:37 (PP 1-0 BB): #95 Jasper Foster / #75 Ross Clarke (EHG)
19:23 (PP 2-0 BB): #2 Tom Norton / #93 Ales Padelek / #38 Duncan Speirs (PPG)
34:49 (PP 3-1 BB): #12 Nathan Pollard / #72 Glenn Billing / #11 Scott Robson (SHG)
49:57 (PP 4-2 BB): #93 Ales Padelek / #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo (EHG)
24:54 (PP 2-1 BB): #23 Dominik Gabaj / #18 Ryan Webb / #73 Edward Bradley (PPG)
35:39 GOAL BEES (PP 3-2 BB): #27 Josh Smith / #18 Ryan Webb / #73 Edward Bradley (EHG)
Phantoms man of the match: #95 Jasper Foster
Bees man of the match: #65 Harvey Stead