Phantoms forward Corey McEwen, sponsored by Ye Olde Abbey, gives an honest assessment of a mixed weekend for the team.
The Phantoms suffered defeat on Saturday night at home against the Bracknell Bees and McEwen knows the team’s performance wasn’t good enough to deserve any points.
“The result was disappointing on Saturday night, but we can’t take anything away from Bracknell. They played a good game and capitalised on their scoring chances. Unlike Bracknell we didn’t capitalise on our own scoring chances and our powerplay was not on form. We need to be better defensively and make better decisions on the puck. We will learn from this game and keep working hard to move forward.” McEwen said.
Sunday saw the Phantoms bounce back with a 7-4 win over the Raiders. McEwen netted twice in the game, taking his tally for the weekend to three. Corey believes the performance was much better than the previous night, and the Phantoms deserved the win on this occasion.
“On Sunday we bounced back and fought hard for the two points in London. We came together as a group and realised we needed a big response. Going 2-0 down early in the first, we knew we didn’t want a repeat of the night before, so the boys came together and worked hard to create some good scoring opportunities which we took advantage of.” Said the Phantoms #71.
Phantoms haven’t been able to field a full-strength team yet this season due to injury, and the treatment room is now filling up once again. Scott Robson, Brad Bowering, Jarvis Hunt, McEwen, Glenn Billing and Conor Pollard have all missed games through injury, whilst Taylor Romeo made the decision to step down to Phantoms 2 to gain more ice time. McEwen knows injuries aren’t ideal but also thinks the team need to come together and give everything they can in order to continue collecting points.
“Injuries will happen, there is not much we can do apart from come together as a team and fight through it. On Sunday we played with 9 forwards, my line stayed the same, so we knew we needed to have a big night.” McEwen said.
McEwen himself missed a number of weeks through injury but is now back fully fit and starting to find his form. He, Martins Susters and Petr Stepanek have been prolific as a line in recent weeks, but McEwen knows there’s still more to come from himself and his line mates.
“Since returning from injury it was hard to get back into game shape again. Some games I play are better than others but I’m trying to focus on being consistent every weekend and helping the team win. I believe if I keep working hard, the goals and points will come, I try not to think about it too much. It is always satisfying scoring goals, especially in front of our home fans.” Corey said.
Next weekend sees the Phantoms play an away game in their own rink, as the Leeds Chiefs play a home game at Planet Ice Peterborough, facing off on Saturday at 7:15pm. A first trip of the season to Telford awaits the Phantoms on Sunday, with more cup points up for grabs in both games across the weekend.
McEwen said: “We need to be prepared for a couple of hard games, it never gets any easier, every weekend is so important to us and we need to do what it takes to get the four points. Saturdays away/home game will be interesting, but we will treat it like any other game. Hopefully a lot of our fans will attend this game, we really appreciate all the support. As for Sunday, I am looking forward to playing in Telford, I enjoy playing in their rink and they are a good team so we must be ready to play.”
With Saturday’s ‘away’ game being played in our own rink, there is no bus travel for this fixture. The game isn’t covered by season tickets, but season ticket holders will receive discounted entry to the game. For more information including ticket prices, click HERE!
There will be no live stream on Saturday night, so the best place to catch the action is at the rink, or on Twitter @GoPhantoms, where live match updates will run as normal.