WEEKEND PREVIEW – MILTON KEYNES LIGHTNING

WEEKEND PREVIEW – MILTON KEYNES LIGHTNING

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, Phantoms hockey returns to Peterborough for the first time since March 2020 as we take on the MK Lightning in a pre-season double header!

Phantoms travel to Milton Keynes on Saturday night for a 7pm face off. Then, Sunday night is hockey night in Peterborough, as the Lightning visit Planet Ice Peterborough for a 5:30pm face off on Sunday evening.

PHANTOMS TEAM NEWS

Phantoms are assessing the fitness of one or two players ahead of this weekend’s return to the ice, but new additions Luc Johnson, Duncan Speirs, Billy Thorpe, Tom Barry, Morgan Clarke-Pizzo and Jasper Foster could all be in line to make their debut’s for the Club.

MILTON KEYNES LIGHTNING TEAM NEWS

It’ been a busy summer in Milton Keynes with a number of players coming and going ahead of the long awaited return to the ice.

In terms of incomings, Bobby Chamberlain, Zaine McKenzie, Ed Knaggs, Sean Norris, Sam Talbot, Matt Smital, Edgars Landbergs and Adam Laishram all joined Lewis Clifford’s roster for the new year.

And leaving the Lightning were Jordan Stokes, Grant McPherson, Cale Tanaka, Harry Ferguson, Tom Carlon, Robin Kovar, Jordan Lawday, Dean Skinns, Logan Prince, Rio Grinnell-Parke, Tomas Kana and Taylor Dickin, who will all be icing elsewhere for the 2021/22 season.

SLAVA SAYS

I’m always excited when the hockey season comes around whether we wait the usual few months or 17/18 like we have for this new season. The last year and a half have been strange for many reasons and having no hockey for such a long period of time has been one of them. That being said, hockey isn’t the most important thing and I’d like to send my thoughts to those who have lost their lives or to those who have had someone close to them pass away since we last played in March 2020.

Milton Keynes have had a busy summer rebuilding their team. They’ve had a lot of players coming in and leaving but they’ve built a strong roster, as everyone expected them to do, and it’ll be a battle this weekend. I’m confident we’ve built a strong, fast team that will be able to compete once again. It might just take a bit of time for everyone to get their legs moving again, to buy in and to adjust into how we want to play but that is something I’d expect to see develop and improve in the early weeks of the season.

We’re looking forward to getting back in front of our fans on Sunday night, we know it’ll be really noisy and we’re excited to finally have the chance to play hockey in front of everyone again!

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are available for Sunday’s game against the Lightning HERE. You can also pay by cash or card at the Planet Ice Box office upon arrival at the rink on Sunday.

Whilst this game is not included in the season ticket, season ticket holders’ seats now have new reserved stickers on and those reservations will be honoured for Sunday’s game.

Doors will open at 4:30pm before our 5:30pm face off.

GO PHANTOMS!