Phantoms defenceman Tom Norton, sponsored by Millfield Auto Parts, is excited for the weekend ahead with another game against the Swindon Wildcats on the horizon. 

Norton scored four goals from defence last weekend, two in each game, but he would swap his personal accolades for points in the league table. 

“It’s always a nice feeling to find the back of the net, but I would always change personal points for team points on the league table. Saturday was very strange, playing at home and being the away team and the crowd not being as big as it normally is. I wouldn’t say we played our best all round hockey, but we got the 2 points which is the most important. As for Sunday, those are the games you want to play in: a top of the table clash, close score line and intense game. We were just unfortunate to come out on the wrong side of the shootout.” Norton said. 

And Norton was also full of praise for 17-year-old forward Jarvis Hunt, who netted a hat-trick last Saturday against Leeds. 

Norton said: “It’s good to have Jarvis back, he was doing really well before his injury and like it always does it takes time to get back to game speed, so it was nice to see him find the score sheet and hopefully that does his confidence the world of good, as he’s a very talented and important young player for us. It’s always good to have everyone chipping in, it’s the sign of a strong team.”

Saturday night sees the Phantoms lock horns once again with the Swindon Wildcats. In the meetings so far, Swindon have won both of their home games, whilst the Phantoms claimed the victory at Planet Ice Peterborough. Norton is excited of the prospect of playing in such a big game and thinks these games have started to mean more to the fans due to the competitive rivalry which has built over the last couple of seasons. 

“Our games against Swindon are always good for the fans and seem to have that extra little bit of something in them. If one thing is for sure we have to perform for a full 60 minutes if we want the result to go our way, because the other 2 games showed if we don’t play the full 60, we will get punished as they are very offensively skilled team.” Said the Phantoms #2

On Sunday, the Raiders return to Planet Ice Peterborough for another matchup against the Phantoms. Slava Koulikov’s side have won every game against the Raiders so far this term, but Norton is wary of their strengths and the threat they can pose if the Phantoms aren’t at the top of their game. 

“The Raiders are a team you have to be very careful of and be ready to go as they have some players that can punish you. I don’t think their league position reflects their squad strength and they have had a few injury issues and I’m sure they will want to come in and give a better account of themselves after the previous results against us.” Norton said. 

As the halfway point in the season approaches, Norton is pleased with the Phantoms’ current league position and place in the cup semi-final and is confident the team can push on to try and get their hands on another piece of silverware. 

“I think if you said at the start of season top 4 in the league and a cup semi-final spot at the halfway point a lot of people would take that, and we are in a very good position. But as you always do, you think what if and maybe there is a couple of results we let slip away from us and we could possibly be in an even stronger position in the league table. But having said that we are all up for the fight and ready to push on a challenge for silverware.“ Said Norton. 

If you would like to travel to Swindon on Saturday night to support the Phantoms against the Wildcats, email Face off at the Link Centre is at 6:15pm on Saturday night. 

If you are unable to attend the game, full match updates will be found on Twitter, @GoPhantoms

For tickets to Sunday’s home game against the Raiders, click HERE, or purchase them from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink. Doors open at 4:30pm, with face off at 5:30pm.