The Phantoms face a trip to Elland Road on Saturday night to take on the Knights, before the Sheffield Steeldogs visit Planet Ice Peterborough on Sunday.
PHANTOMS TEAM NEWS
The Phantoms could be without a few of their regular fixtures this weekend.
Corey McEwen is expected to miss out through injury, whilst Morgan Clarke-Pizzo is likely to play in the away game in Leeds, but could be icing for the Nottingham Panthers on Sunday evening.
The Leeds Knights put an end to their losing run with two wins against the Sheffield Steeldogs in their Autumn Cup Semi-Finals in midweek. The game against Phantoms will be their third game in four days.
Leeds added Phil Edgar to their lineup from the Whitley Warriors, and he could face the Phantoms on Saturday night.
It’s not yet clear who will get the nod to start in net for the Knights, with Sam Gospel likely to miss out through injury. Jordan McLaughlin may be away with the Solway Sharks, and Ben Churchfield could be on the Sheffield Steelers’ roster to face the Nottingham Panthers.
Tyler Perre iced for the Knights last weekend, whilst they could also call on Latvian goaltender Niks Trapans for this weekend’s fixture.
Dave Whistle is a massively experienced coach and has previous experience playing hockey in the UK. He joined up with the Knights at the beginning of this season as their Head Coach, replacing former player coach Sam Zajac, who captains the side this season.
The Steeldogs come into the weekend in great form in the league, sitting top of the table with seven wins and one loss from their first eight games. But they have lost their last two, in the Autumn Cup Semi-Final against Leeds.
The Steeldogs will come to Peterborough with their blend of Sheffield junior products, supported by their signings from the Hull Pirates. Jason Hewitt, Matt Bissonnette, Jonathan Kirk, Lee Bonner and Sam Towner are all likely to play.
They could also have Alex Graham in their side. The young Brit was signed by the Niagra Ice Dogs of the OHL, but returned to England after a roster change at the Canadian side. He’s now back on a two-way with the Steelers and Steeldogs, with a view to returning to Canada at the end of this season.
Greg Wood is in his second spell as the Head Coach of the Sheffield Steeldogs. His previous stint was between 2016-2017, and he returned as Head Coach in 2020 after assisting then Head Coach, Ben Morgan, in the 2019/20 season.
Last Sunday’s game showed the progression the group has made after such a long break and has set the minimum standard that we need to play to in every game from now until the end of the season.
Basingstoke came at us in the way we expected, they’re relentless and they don’t give up when they’re down on the scoreboard and that was shown in how they got a couple of goals to get back within one.
But on the whole, we managed the game well, the defence and goaltender worked well as a unit and we took our chances when they came along.
Leeds on Saturday will be a tough game, their team is full of top end British guys and solid young Brits in support of them. They had a difficult weekend last weekend and they’re going to want to bounce back with a win against us. We’ve got to make sure we’re prepared and ready to go in to a really tough game as we did the last time we played in Leeds. If we can do that, we’ve got a chance of getting the two points.
Sheffield have started the league season really well and we know it’s never an easy game against them. Our compete level and willingness to battle hard in the corners is going to be important because they’ve always been a team who will go to those areas and work hard. We need to make sure we’re willing to do the same, and execute our own game plan if we’re going to win the game – and that’s what we’ll set out to try and do.
Tickets to Sunday’s home game are available HERE, or from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink. Doors open at 4:30pm, with face off at 5:30pm.
If you can’t make it to either of this weekend’s games, match updates will be found, as always, on the @GoPhantoms Twitter page.
MATCH NIGHT COMPETITIONS
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We have Julian Bright joining us from the Stamford Brass Band. Julian has been attending our Remembrance Day games for the last few years and will again be playing The Last Post on his bugle, which will be followed by a two minute silence.
We’ll also be joined by members of the Royal Anglian Regiment on the ice before the game begins. We’re looking forward to welcoming them into the rink and thanking them for their dedication to our country.
We’d like to ask all fans to ensure they are in their seats in plenty of time before face off on Sunday, so we can all pay our respects to those whom have fallen in conflict.