ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Peterborough Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats

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  • Peterborough Phantoms 4-3 Swindon Wildcats (result)
  • Phantoms scorers: James Ferrara (2), Darius Pliskauskas (2)
  • Wildcats scorers: Henri Sandvik, Jonas Hoog, Ryan Watt
  • Swindon take one point out of four for the weekend
  • Link Centre team lost in OT to title-chasing Guildford last night
  • Get involved using #wildcatslive or tweet @nedpayne1 direct
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

7:52pm

Don't forget to join me on Saturday when Swindon travel to Basingstoke.

7:52pm

Time to grab some reaction, which you can read in tomorrow's Adver.

7:51pm

7:51pm

There's some very glum Cats players walking into the locker room.

7:50pm

7:50pm

Man of the match for Swindon is Sandvik.

7:49pm

Those three minutes at the end of the first proved critical. I knew they would.

7:49pm

 

7:48pm

Well, that was a bit of an anti-climax from a Swindon point of view. Nothing in it by the end.

7:47pm

RESULT

Peterborough 4-3 Wildcats.

7:46pm

7:46pm

Cats call a time out.

7:45pm

7:44pm

There's 40 seconds left and Kostal appears to just have wiped out Petran. Not sure what happened but Kostal makes sure Petran is OK as he skates off.

7:44pm

Huge slapshot by Kostal saved by King.

7:43pm

Lyle pulled.

7:43pm

Just past the post by Luke Ferrara.

7:42pm

Here we go.

7:41pm

Time out.

7:41pm

Two minutes.

7:40pm

Three minutes left.

7:38pm

GOAL! Peterborough 4 Wildcats 3, 55.28, PP

Four seconds left of the powerplay, Whitfield and Godfrey on the deck in front of the goal, James Ferrara finds a way through after the almightiest of scrambles. Is that the winner?

7:36pm

7:36pm

7:36pm

1.29 left of the penalty.

7:35pm

7:35pm

PHANTOMS POWERPLAY

Symonds called for cross-checking. Tense.

7:34pm

Just over six minutes left.

7:33pm

7:33pm

 

7:33pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:30pm

PHANTOMS POWERPLAY

Symonds called for holding.

7:29pm

GOAL! Peterborough 3 Wildcats 3, 50.08 

Oooooh it's a thriller here at Planet Ice Peterborough. It's not the prettiest goal you've ever seen but Watt levels it up from Sandvik. Hold on tight...

7:29pm

The usual rollercoaster ride in Peterborough, this.

7:26pm

Twelve minutes to go.

7:24pm

GOAL! Peterborough 3 Wildcats 2, 46.21

I don't know how he did it as there were a mass of bodies in front of the net, but Hoog found a path through for his shot and Swindon are right back in it. Assists from Smith and Alex Symonds.

7:22pm

7:22pm

King swallows up a shot from Nell.

7:21pm

Battling start to the final period by both teams.

7:19pm

Wildcats have 16 minutes to save this game. One goal would make it very interesting.

7:19pm

Sladok nearly breaks the Plexiglas with a slapshot.

7:16pm

It can happen...

7:16pm

Wood goes very close to adding a fourth for the host. Smart stop Lyle.

7:15pm

Shots on goal in the second period were 12-10 in Swindon's favour. Phantoms lead 28-18 on SOG overall.

7:14pm

THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY

7:13pm

The players are back out.

7:10pm

Latest scorelines from around the league pretty disastrous from a Wildcats point of view...

7:09pm

We'll be back in action in a matter of minutes.

7:07pm

7:07pm

Feeling confident still? Can't say I am.

7:01pm

We will be back under way in a little over 10 minutes.

6:58pm

Negatives. Swindon should possibly only be a goal behind on the strength of the second period. And they can play much better than this.

6:57pm

6:56pm

EPL LATEST

Manchester 2 Telford 3, Sheffield 3 Basingstoke 1, Bracknell 2 Slough 0, Guildford 0 Milton Keynes 0.

6:54pm

OK, positives. Swindon forced the Phantoms into more mistakes in that period and generally looked more lively. Only two goals in it now.

6:52pm

END OF SECOND PERIOD

6:51pm

Less than a minute to go.

6:50pm

Odd period, this. Very bitty.

6:47pm

Three minutes to go.

6:47pm

PENALTY KILLED

6:44pm

PHANTOMS POWERPLAY

6:44pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Hoog called for charging.

6:42pm

Hoog slaloms through the middle but King saves.

6:41pm

6:41pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Sladok penalised for interference.

6:39pm

Seven minutes left in the second.

6:35pm

GOAL! Peterborough 3 Wildcats 1, 28.56

Well I reckon that's probably the easiest goal of Henri Sandvik's career. He's got half the goal to aim at from about 12 inches and he duly fires home. Assist for Aku Pekkarinen.

6:33pm

The game has become a lot more end to end in this middle session.

6:32pm

Smith breaks free but he's only got one blast at it... and King repels his shot.

6:31pm

There are just over 12 minutes left of the second.

6:30pm

PENALTY KILLED

Smith delivered into the danger zone from the left wing but Henri Sandvik could not scramble home.

6:29pm

Nell lasers a fraction past the left post.

6:28pm

Swindon need to take one of these opportunities. Sooner rather than later.

6:28pm

ANOTHER CATS POWERPLAY

Petran called for hooking.

6:27pm

Wood charges away and tries to go low to the left but Lyle saves with his pad. So nearly a shorthanded effort to make it 4-0.

6:26pm

6:25pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Jozef Sladok binned for cross-checking.

6:22pm

Shots on goal in the first period were 18-6 in Phantoms' favour.

6:22pm

6:20pm

SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY

6:17pm

Swindon head coach Ryan Aldridge is out early. He doesn't look too happy.

6:17pm

6:16pm

We'll be back under way in four minutes.

6:11pm

There was not much attacking by the visiting team in that opening period, to put it mildly.

6:10pm

And the award for understatement of the year goes to...

6:09pm

EPL LATEST

Manchester 1 Telford 1, Sheffield 1 Basingstoke 0, Bracknell 0 Slough 0, Guildford 0 Milton Keynes 0.

6:07pm

END OF FIRST PERIOD

A crazy final few minutes of the first period. In all honesty, Peterborough fully deserve to be ahead. They spent most of the first period peppering Lyle's goal.

6:01pm

GOAL! Peterborough 3 Wildcats 0, 19.06

Again it's that man Pliskauskas, who always caused Swindon problems when he was at Slough and continues to do so. Two goals in eight seconds for the import. Unbelievable.

6:00pm

GOAL! Peterborough 2 Wildcats 0, 18.58

Petran bombs in off the right wing and towards the net, with his shot being saved by Lyle but the rebound is an easy tap-in for Darius Pliskauskas. Player-coach Slava Koulikov also got an assist.

5:57pm

GOAL! Peterborough 1 Wildcats 0, 17.17

Erik Piatak pulls back from behind the goal for James Ferrara to beat Lyle five-hole. It's been coming. Number 17 scores at 17.17. Luke Ferrara also gets an assist.

5:56pm

PENALTY KILLED

Wood went the closest from the edge of the crease. Lyle blocked.

5:54pm

PHANTOMS POWERPLAY

Hoog crunches into Greg Pick and is called for slashing.

5:53pm

Five minutes left of the first.

5:52pm

James Hutchinson tries his luck. Denied by Lyle.

5:51pm

Phantoms are three on three, but Petran can only chip into Lyle's glove from the right wing.

5:50pm

Jonas Hoog picks Petran's pocket on the blueline but King is alive to the Swede's top shelf-bound wristshot.

5:48pm

Lyle gloves a slapshot from the left wing from Declan Balmer.

5:46pm

We are nearing the halfway point of the opening 20 minutes.

5:45pm

Lyle smothers, not for the first time in this first period.

5:44pm

Great tracking by Stevie Whitfield and the danger is averted.

5:42pm

Aaron Nell just had Swindon's first real effort.

5:42pm

PENALTY KILLED

5:41pm

FIVE ON FOUR

5:40pm

FOUR ON THREE

Sam Godfrey called for tripping.

5:39pm

Lively stuff so far.

5:39pm

Petran, who has been busy so far, slams a drive goalwards that Lyle gobbles up.

5:38pm

5:38pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Watt and Ferrara called for roughing.

5:37pm

Ryan Watt falls on Luke Ferrara by the Plexiglas and already it's kicked off.

5:36pm

Petran checks Jan Kostal. Welcome to the game. Edge already.

5:35pm

All Phantoms so far.

5:34pm

Danny Wood cracks against the back wall.

5:33pm

Marcel Petran skids one in towards Lyle, which the Welshman bats away.

5:32pm

FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY

5:31pm

In nets tonight are Damien King for Peterborough and Stevie Lyle for Swindon.

5:29pm

Anthem.

5:28pm

The PA volume is... generous.

5:28pm

The men with the armbands tonight are Hogarth and Thompson.

5:27pm

Both sets of payers are out on the ice.

5:26pm

SMITH REVEALS INJURY FRUSTRATION

Sam Smith scored on his comeback from concussion last night following a month on the sidelines. Here's the forward on how he found that difficult spell.

“You always want to see your team do well but it’s been tough for me to not be as involved as I’d like to be,” said Smith.

"I thought prior to the injury that I was playing my best hockey of the year, so it was a shame to be out, but I can’t do anything about it.

“It’s been good in a sense that there has been no rush to get me back as the team has been doing so well. We’ve got a lot more in the room than we were previously showing.

"As a team we’re not scared to face anyone right now and are one of the best teams in the league as we’re full of confidence.”

5:23pm

Here come the officials.

5:23pm

5:23pm

TONIGHT'S EPL FIXTURES

Manchester v Telford, Sheffield v Basingstoke, Bracknell v Slough, Guildford v Milton Keynes.

5:21pm

Can't be easy piloting the zamboni around in the blackness. Anyway, he's cracking on.

5:20pm

We have now been plunged into darkness. Never quite understand the point, but there you go.

5:19pm

MOORE PRAISES TEAM EFFORT

Here's crocked captain Shane Moore on why the Wildcats have hit form recently.

“In the past perhaps it was a given that we had set top-four D-men and two lines of forwards, but now no one’s spot is safe and ice time isn’t guaranteed.

“That’s one of those things that drive players forward to perform, which is a brilliant place to be ready for the play-offs.

“I think we’ve turned the corner now bringing in new players as we’ve added strength and depth to the squad and that’s really starting to show.

“It all comes down to the experience we’ve brought in with players like Lee Richardson, Aaron Nell and Jan Kostal, which has shown other players that they can’t take five minutes off.

"We’ve got a really deep line-up and everyone has to keep working.”

5:16pm

Don't we all?

5:15pm

We've now taken a violent musical swerve into some sedate country. Lovely.

5:12pm

The players are clearing the ice as we speak. Face-off will be in around 20 minutes.

5:11pm

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5:10pm

5:10pm

Some truly dreadful dance/trance/noise being belted out over the PA. Gah.

5:09pm

5:09pm

TEAM NEWS

Wildcats captain Shane Moore has not travelled today after taking a whack in the eye against Guildford last night. I understand his sight is slightly impaired so he has remained in Swindon. Sam Smith and Jonas Hoog came back into the line-up yesterday evening with Tomas Fojtik making way, and those two carry on. So in other words, the team is the same as last night apart from the absent Moore.

5:06pm

5:05pm

The players are out and warming up. A hardy band of Wildcats fans have taken their seats in the stands and are waiting expectantly for the start.

5:04pm

SATURDAY RESULT

Swindon were defeated 6-5 by Guildford after overtime at the Link Centre last night. A very useful point against the title-chasing Surrey outfit. On the scoresheet for the hosts were Jan Kostal, Henri Sandvik, the returning Sam Smith, Jonas Hoog and Aaron Nell. Guildford got their game-winner shorthanded at 62.05 thanks to Swindon old boy Nicky Watt.

5:01pm

Make that half an hour...

5:00pm

5:00pm

It's freezing here, as per. Some areas of the ice look a bit dubious. Let's see what happens.

4:59pm

4:56pm

Evening all. Another Sunday night. Another Ice Hockey Live. Peterborough are the opponents. Let's crack on.

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