The Peterborough Phantoms put on arguably their best performance of the season so far and delivered a dominant win over the Milton Keynes Lightning.
Callum Buglass got the ball rolling for the Phantoms, after pinching in on the attack and finding space to send his effort past Matt Smital in the Milton Keynes net.
And it was Buglass again who put the Phantoms two ahead, this time sending a blue liner past Smital for a Phantoms power play goal.
Conor Pollard got his name on the scoresheet with 15:30 played in the opening period, with a power play effort from close range, to send the Phantoms in with a commanding lead at the end of the first period.
Liam Stewart gave the Lightning a reason to believe they could get back into the game with 26:15 played, finding space to gain the zone and fire an effort past Jordan Marr, who had a solid game in net for the Phantoms.
But Phantoms bounced straight back and added what may go down as the goal of the game. When Glenn Billing was released down the left wing by Morgan Clarke-Pizzo, Duncan Speirs went hard to the net and, when found by a perfect pass, it unleashed a one time effort into the back of the net.
And Speirs rounded off another good period from the Phantoms with his second goal of the night, this time by managing to squeeze the puck through bodies and into the net from close in, after a good centring pass by Brad Bowering.
Stewart found himself involved again on 53:42, this time for the wrong reasons. I Don’t Want To Talk About It was the view of the referees once they’d given him two minutes for cross checking, but Stewart did, and he earned himself an early shower via a 10 minute misconduct penalty for venting his frustrations.
And the Phantoms were sailing towards two points when Clarke-Pizzo got in on the act with a goal of his own, before C. Pollard added his second of the night with a clever finish on the power play to complete the Phantoms’ scoring.
There was time for a late consolation for Sean Norris, but it was only a consolation as the Phantoms comfortably sealed victory in their final game of 2021!
5:59 (PP 1-0 MK): #45 Callum Buglass / #95 Jasper Foster (EHG)
7:09 (PP 2-0 MK): #45 Callum Buglass / #12 Nathan Pollard / #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo (PPG)
15:30 (PP 3-0 MK): #34 Conor Pollard / #38 Duncan Speirs / #93 Ales Padelek (PPG)
30:38 (PP 4-1 MK): #38 Duncan Speirs / #72 Glenn Billing / #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo (EHG)
35:37 (PP 5-1 MK): #38 Duncan Speirs / #23 Brad Bowering (EHG)
54:07 (PP 6-1 MK): #13 Morgan Clarke-Pizzo / #12 Nathan Pollard / #11 Scott Robson (PPG)
55:37 (PP 7-1 MK): #34 Conor Pollard / #93 Ales Padelek / #38 Duncan Speirs (PPG)
26:15 (PP 3-1 MK): #16 Liam Stewart / #98 Sam Talbot / #48 Adam Laishram (EHG)
59:20 (PP 7-2 MK): #86 Sean Norris / #17 Russell Cowley (PPG)
Phantoms man of the match: #34 Conor Pollard
MKL man of the match: #17 Russell Cowley