Peterborough Phantoms 5-3 Raiders
Nathan Pollard and Martins Susters both bagged a pair of goals each as the Phantoms claimed their first win of 2020.
James Ferrara gave the Phantoms the lead with 14:09 played in the first period. He took a clever pass from Will Weldon before going bar down with his shot, giving Ethan James no chance.
Aaron Connolly levelled the scores with 2:06 to play in the first frame. He dispossessed Bradley Bowering, gained the zone and fired confidently past Jordan Marr.
Susters put the Phantoms back in front in the final minute of the first period with his first of the night.
Pollard netted his first of the night with a well worked powerplay goal. A fantastic Corey McEwen pass found Pollard on the back door and the Phantoms #12 was on hand to tuck the puck into the back of the net.
Lukas Sladkovsky put the Raiders within one with 45:01 played in the game. He took a Blaho Novak assist, before gaining the zone and firing a carbon copy of Connolly’s goal past Marr.
But Pollard pounced again to fire the Phantoms into another two goal lead, as he collected his second of the night in a man of the match performance.
Brandon Ayliffe set up a potential grandstand finish with 7:57 to play, putting the puck into the net after a scrappy piece of play in front of goal.
But Susters ensured there wouldn’t be a nervy final few minutes with an absolute pile driver. Glenn Billing did well to drive into the zone before teeing up Susters for a one time slap shot which lasered into the top corner.
14:09 (PP 1-0 RR): #17 James Ferrara / #29 Will Weldon / #93 Ales Padelek (EHG)
19:01 (PP 2-1 RR): #77 Martins Susters / #72 Glenn Billing / #93 Ales Padelek (EHG)
34:44 (PP 3-1 RR): #12 Nathan Pollard / #71 Corey McEwen (PPG)
45:21 (PP 4-2 RR): #12 Nathan Pollard / #88 Conor Pollard / #71 Corey McEwen (PPG)
58:35 (PP 5-3 RR): #77 Martins Susters / #72 Glenn Billing (EHG)
17:54 (PP 1-1 RR): #63 Aaron Connolly (SHG)
45:01 (PP 3-2 RR): #91 Lukas Sladkovsky / #89 Blaho Novak (SHG)
52:03 (PP 4-3 RR): #10 Brandon Ayliffe / #17 Olegs Lascenko / #89 Blaho Novak (EHG)
Phantoms man of the match: #12 Nathan Pollard
Raiders man of the match: #10 Brandon Ayliffe