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Match report: Bracknell Bees 2 - 7 Peterborough Phantoms

posted 20 Nov 2017, 11:53 by john slater

The Bees were hoping to reverse their current form on Sunday, after several recent defeats. They welcomed top of the table Peterborough Phantoms to the Hive knowing they would have to put on a huge team performance if they were to get anything from the game.

In the stripes were Stephan Hogarth, assisted by Phil O'Neil and Andrew Strain. In the goals were Danny Milton for the Bees and newly signed from London Raiders, Euan King for the Phantoms.

The first period started brightly for Bracknell with several good chances with James Galazzi making a nuisance of himself in front of King. The Bees were moving the puck nicely around and shooting in from the blue line with players creating a screen in front of the goalie, Galazzi tipping a Tom Avery shot but being stopped by King. Just under seven minutes on the clock and the Bees took the lead after good work through solid passing on the powerplay. Steve Osman and Tom Avery set up a simple tap in for Callum Best with some delightful one-touch passing. Almost immediately though, the Phantoms leveled the score as Josh Tetlow was left alone to cover two forwards and Nathan Salem, on a pass from Will Weldon shot top right, over the glove of Milton. As the period was winding down, Bracknell found themselves on another powerplay and made the most of it, again through Best and some patient passing to make it 2-1. But once again, the Bees concentration levels dipped and on a delayed penalty call conceded an equalizer through Ales Padalek.

The second period seem to lack fluidity, partly due to several soft penalties called for both side by Hogarth not allowing the game to flow on its own. However it was the Phantoms who would take advantage of this while shorthanded. Following a pass by James Ferrara, Edward Knaggs buried his chance past Milton. Bracknell had an opportunity to take back the lead after getting a 5-on-3 powerplay, but were unable to make anything of it. In fact, both teams had powerplay chances but couldn't make anything happen. It was towards the end of the period and Darius Pliskauskas broke away after some sustained Bees pressure, and when it looked like Milton had made a fantastic save the puck trickled over the line to make it 4-2 to the Phantoms.

The third period lacked any intensity from the Bees and the Phantoms were more than happy to sit back on their lead. Half way through the period and Peterborough burst through the neutral zone with Pliskauskas beating Jan Bendik for pace, coming inside of the defenceman and shooting to the left of Milton making it 5-2. Just minutes later Weldon made it 6-2, ending any chance the Bees might have had to fight for a comeback. Despite a valiant effort in the final few minutes, Bracknell just couldn't find a way to test King and any effort was too little to late. It was Peterborough who put an exclamation point on their victory with a seventh goal from Salem.

The Bees need to reset and figure a way to play and win without top goalscorers Bakrlik and Thompson. Many positives can be taken from this weekend, but they need to be acted on if they want any chance of staying in contention for the title.

Match stats
Period scores: 2-2; 0-2; 0-3
Bees Scorers: Best 2+0; Avery & Osman 0+2
Phantoms scorers: Pliskauskas & Salem 2+2; Knaggs 1+2; Weldon & Padelek 1+1; Jamieson 0+2; Norton, J.Ferrara, R.Ferrara & Griffiths 0+1
Bees PIMS: 8 (Jackson, Norcliffe, Ingoldsby & Barker 2)
Phantoms PIMS: 14 (Pliskauskas 4; Norton, J.Ferrara, Jamieson, R.Ferrara & Padelek 2)
Shots on Bees (Milton): 28 (8, 9, 11)
Shots on Phantoms (King): 24 (7, 11, 6)