WEEKEND PREVIEW | TELFORD & RAIDERS

WEEKEND PREVIEW | TELFORD & RAIDERS

The weekend is here and the Phantoms are back in action as they take on Telford at Planet Ice Peterborough on Saturday night, before visiting the Raiders on Sunday. 

PHANTOMS TEAM NEWS

New signing Nathan Salem will go straight into the Phantoms lineup for the weekend’s games against Telford and Raiders. He was announced as returning to the club on Friday evening.

Corey McEwen could also return to the Phantoms roster after missing the last few games with a knock. Morgan Clarke-Pizzo is expected to be available after making a goal scoring return to the lineup on Wednesday night following an injury of his own.

TELFORD TIGERS

Telford come to Planet Ice Peterborough in decent form, having defeated the Phantoms on their own ice on Wednesday night. They’ve now won their last two after two defeats in their first two games. 

TEAM NEWS

Scott McKenzie could add to the Tigers’ crop of experienced players on Saturday. He didn’t ice on Wednesday night but there is a chance he may return for Saturday’s game. 

Brad Day got the start in goal against the Phantoms on Wednesday night, but they have Jordan Lawday waiting in the wings and he could play against the Phantoms on Saturday night. 

OPPOSITION BENCH

Tom Watkins has been behind the bench for the Tigers for a number of years now and has been one of their keys to their successes in that time. Prior to coaching, he spent most of his career in Coventry and Telford and is a former Great Britain International.

RAIDERS

Sunday night will see the Phantoms travel to Romford to take on the Raiders. Phantoms picked up a 4-2 win on their previous visit to the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre in September. 

TEAM NEWS

The Raiders will seemingly continue to be without Lukas Sladkovsky and Rio Grinnell-Parke for the weekend.

They’ve enlisted the help of a number of the Raiders’ second side, including defensemen Samuel Cooper and Daniel Fay, forward James Hounsome and former Phantoms man, Alan Lack.

OPPOSITION BENCH

Sean Easton’s coaching career began back in 2011/12 when he was the Assistant Coach of the Chelmsford Chieftains. Since then, he’s had a number of Head Coach roles in Chelmsford, before moving onto to take the helm at the Raiders in 2017. He’s also had experience with the Great Britain setup, having been the GB18’s Head Coach for a number of years, a role he continues into this season.

SLAVA SAYS

We’re looking forward to this weekend. No team wants to go 0-5 in their first five games but that’s the situation we’re in and now it’s up to us to put it right and start putting points on the board.

We’ve seen a couple of times this season that Telford are a good team with a lot of experience and their special teams are good, so we know we need to play to our maximum compete levels to give ourselves the best chance of getting the points on Saturday.

Raiders are always good in their own rink. We had a good win there in the Autumn Cup, but it wasn’t an easy game, and similar to Saturday’s game, we’ll need to compete for the full 60 minutes and execute our game plan effectively. 

It’s brilliant to have Nathan Salem back with us. We never wanted him to leave when he originally moved to Sheffield but logistically it was a move that made sense for him at the time. We’ve not hidden from the fact we needed to add more quality to our team and we’re really pleased to be able to sign Nathan. It’s rare that one of the top Brits in this league become available mid-season and I’d like to say thanks to the other three owners for backing me with this move and their support in making it happen. 

TICKET NEWS

Saturday’s game against Telford faces off at 7:00pm and tickets are available HERE, or from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at the rink! Doors will open at 6pm. 

Face off against the Raiders on Sunday is scheduled for 5:15pm. 

If you can’t make it to either of this weekend’s games, full match updates will be found, as always, on the @GoPhantoms Twitter page. 

MATCH NIGHT COMPETITIONS

50/50 tickets are £1 for 1, £2 for 3 and £5 for 10. To be in with a chance of playing Puck It, simply purchase £5 worth of 50/50 tickets to be entered into the draw to participate!

Shirt off your back this week is the blood jersey, which will be worn by Nathan Salem! Be sure to see one of our match night ticket sellers to be in with a chance of winning!

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Tonight’s game is our Halloween Spooktacular night, where the players will be wearing our Halloween Jerseys! If you have purchased a Halloween Jersey, please come to the bar after the game to have your jerseys handed over by the players!

We’re running Kids for a Quid, where kids who come to the game in fancy dress will be able to gain entry to the game for just £1!

Phanforce will also be running Halloween themed games, so keep an eye out for them in the rink!

GO PHANTOMS!