Phantoms forward Ales Padelek, sponsored by Ishtar Lounge, was pleased with the progression shown across the weekend after Saturday night’s loss in Bracknell was followed up with a win, and shut out, on Sunday evening.

The Czech forward believed the team started well in Bracknell, but feels penalties were costly as the Bees went on to win the game 5-4. 

“We started well in Bracknell but then we got a lesson. But I’m happy we learned from that and I think that we were better team on Sunday.

We had a lot of unnecessary penalties and that was a price we had to pay there. We chased the result but being two goals behind was probably way too much after we lost a lot of energy when we were killing penalties.” Padelek said. 

After Saturday’s loss, it was clear to the Phantoms staff and players what they needed to improve on to secure victory on Sunday. And after a meeting with Head Coach Slava Koulikov, sponsored by Niro Men’s Clothing, the Phantoms claimed a 3-0 win which saw Jordan Marr collect his first shutout of the year. 

“We had a meeting and Slava explained a lot of things to us and I think everyone understood what was wrong in previous game, so we started well on Sunday, the second period was great, just missing goals, and in third we broke it and scored important goals. The Bees penalties helped us keep energy high and take the control of the game.” 

“Even when we lost the first game, I think we 100% deserved win on Sunday. We played well and I think it must have been a great hockey game to watch. I thought Jordan Marr was outstanding.” Said the Czech forward. 

Sunday also saw Padelek score his first goal of the league season, 19 seconds after Petr Stepanek had given the Phantoms the lead with a power play goal. 

“It’s always nice when you score a goal but this one came in perfect time right after our first goal and it doesn’t happen often that you hit the right spot and send the bottle flying, so it was nice!” said Padelek. 

Ales Padelek originally announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018/19 season, but after a few weeks off he reconsidered his decision, and signed on the dotted line with the Phantoms for at least another year. The 39-year-old forward scored 63 points in 39 games last season, but believes he feels better this year than he ever has before. 

“I feel great on the ice. I spent a lot of time to prepare during the summer and I feel even better than previous years. Hockey is the best game I know and it’s great to battle and enjoy it with every single guy in our team.” Padi said.