Phantoms forward Nathan Pollard, sponsored by BGL, believes the Phantoms will win more than they lose if they continue playing the way they did at the weekend.
Saturday saw the Phantoms win 3-2 away at Bracknell, before the Basingstoke Bison claimed both points with a 5-3 win over the Phantoms on Sunday. Pollard feels the Phantoms were the better side on Sunday night, but the bounces didn’t go their way.
“I thought Saturday went well, our intensity and general play was much improved from the last couple of weeks. we had some really good spells of the game but also rode the momentum swings well. Ryan came up with some big saves and had a great game!
Sunday was a strange game, I thought it was one of our best performances, we hit the pipes a few times, and a couple of big bounces went against us one end and they capitalised 5 seconds later on the break. I think we can’t be too down about it. It was a game we dominated, and if we perform like that every week, we will certainly pick up more points than we drop.” Pollard said.
Nathan and Conor Pollard have been icing alongside Corey McEwen for the past few games. McEwen made his return to the line-up four games ago after recovering from an injury, and Pollard was full of praise for the Phantoms #71.
Pollard said: “It was great playing with Corey. I thought Conor, Corey and I linked up really well on Sunday and should have had a few goals as we definitely created plenty of chances. Corey is a very creative player and is very easy to play with. With Corey back it gives us that extra flair and creativity that can change games.”
On Monday, Phantoms announced the signing of 29-year-old forward, Gareth O’Flaherty, on a short-term contract. O’Flaherty will ice for the next few weeks as cover for the injured Jarvis Hunt, and Will Weldon who is unavailable for the next few games. O’Flaherty could feature on a line with Pollard, and Pollard is looking forward to welcoming his new team mate to the club.
“Although I’ve not played with him before, I’ve played against him several times, he’s got a good hockey brain and is a very hard worker! He’s solid defensively and he will really help us fill the gap that we have for the next few weeks and I look forward to welcoming him to the team.” Nathan said.
Up next for the Phantoms is a trip to the table topping Swindon Wildcats, before the Raiders visit Planet Ice Peterborough on Sunday. The Wildcats have a 100% record on home ice so far this term and have only tasted defeat in three of their 14 games. They comfortably defeated the Phantoms 5-0 in the only meeting between the sides so far this season, but Pollard thinks the Phantoms can come out on top if they stick to their game plan on Saturday night.
“We know Swindon is a tough place to go and play and I think they’ve won their last eight games so they will be high on confidence, but if we stick to the game plan and play with the same intensity and discipline we had this weekend then there’s no reason why we can’t go to Swindon and pick up the two points. I think the same applies for Raiders; they’ve had mixed results this season, but they have assembled a good hard-working team and have already turned over some of the top teams in the league. We need to be at the top of our game and outwork them all night if we want to pick up the two points.” Pollard said.