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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Peterborough Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats
Updated 1:37am Sunday 27th October 2013 in Sport
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- Peterborough Phantoms 8-6 Swindon Wildcats (final score)
- Ryan Watt (2), Sandvik (2) and Bullas (2) score for visitors
- Cesky (2), Petran, Nicky Watt, James Ferrara, Weldon, Zubek and Piatak net for Phantoms
- Swindon travel east for their only game of the weekend
- Get your comments on this liveblog using #wildcatslive
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
A tough one to lose. Reaction in Monday's Adver alongside a comprehensive match report. And don't forget there will be a full preview of the home clash with Slough in Wednesday's Adver.
Weldon is Peterborough's man of the match.
I don't think there will be too many more eventful games than that this season from a Swindon perspective. Eighteen penalties and 14 goals. Say what you like about that game, it had plenty going on.
Sandvik is Swindon's man of the match.
Phantoms triumph 8-6. An absolute blockbuster from start to finish.
GOAL! Peterborough 8 Wildcats 6, 59.42
A late consolation for Sandvik, but that is all it will be.
GOAL! Peterborough 8 Wildcats 5, 59.24
Empty net goal from Piatak. That really is it now.
Weldon has been flattened. No action.
Two minutes left.
Hoog nearly does it all on his own but the angle is not favourable and King comes to Peterborough's rescue.
Great pad save King from Sandvik.
Just over three minutes left now.
FIVE ON FOUR
Cats now have a man advantage - for a minute.
FOUR ON FOUR
High sticks from Petran.
Smith gets two minutes for roughing as does Piatak. Lyle is penalised for slashing.
It will take something pretty impressive to come back from that.
GOAL! Peterborough 7 Wildcats 5, 53.00
It's another beautifully-worked goal by the home side as Weldon beats his man and instead of shooting, plays a short pass to Zubek, who blasts high past Lyle from all of two yards away.
Swindon have not capitalised on the powerplay tonight.
Zubek gets two minutes for hooking.
GOAL! Peterborough 6 Wildcats 5, 49.56
Will Weldon achieves what a few of his teammates have failed to do tonight - get past Lyle. He does so and it's a simple tap-in.
Full credit to players from both sides, this has been high-energy throughout.
That's a huge shot in the arm for Swindon. Can they go on and take the two points now?
FIVE ON FOUR
Manic scenes. Swindon have still got shorthanded work to do.
FOUR ON THREE
Fantastic stick work by Piatak and he's brought down by Symonds right next to the goal, with the Cats defenceman binned for tripping.
Thirteen minutes to go.
FOUR ON FOUR
Nicky Watt fancies a piece of Harding. He's led away by the officials. Both men are binned for roughing.
Unbelievable game, this. Still can't call it. Not remotely.
Good chance Piatak. Can't take it round Lyle and the puck slides out of his control.
GOAL! Peterborough 5 Wildcats 5, 43.29
Bullas on the scoresheet again and that is JUST the tonic Swindon needed. It was a hopeful smash from Symonds that Bullas directed in. No let up in the pace here. Absolutely frantic.
Hoog intercepts but shoots down the throat of King. Decent opportunity.
A big relief for Swindon given how things have gone tonight.
Moore binned for slashing.
THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY
Deep breaths all.
The players are back out. Big effort needed from the Wildcats. How much do they want this?
We need to give it all now! Can't afford to throw another lead away! Come on boys, we can do it #wildcatslive— @danisweeeney 26 October 2013
Off goes the zamboni.
We will be back under way in just over four minutes.
Let's be realistic here, this is still very much game on. Wildcats have every chance of scoring a couple in the third and they have a good record in overtime this season. It's not over yet.
Thoughts please, I know you are out there! #wildcatslive
I'm afraid it had all the hallmarks of a concentration dump from Swindon's point of view. We've been here before and I'm fairly confident head coach Aldridge will be spitting blood.
END OF THE SECOND PERIOD
Swindon lost that period 4-1 and the scoreline was not flattering to the Phantoms either. Time to discuss the gameplan for the third. Must. Do. Better.
Any chance of a breather?
GOAL! Peterborough 5 Wildcats 4, 38.56
The Phantoms break three on two and Frantisek Zubek lays out to skipper James Ferrara to his left, who cuts in and slides past Lyle. The hosts have the lead for the first time.
FIVE ON FIVE
Both teams back to full strength.
FOUR ON FOUR
Alex Symonds gets two minutes for tripping as does James Ferrara.
The action is absolutely relentless. Four minutes to go of period two.
GOAL! Peterborough 4 Wildcats 4, 33.07
It's been coming and it's Cesky again on the rebound after Lyle had blocked an effort. Wildcats must get their composure back now.
Seven minutes left of the second period.
GOAL! Peterborough 3 Wildcats 4, 31,19, PP
It had to happen didn't it? Ex-Wildcat Nicky Watt sends home a third powerplay goal for the Phantoms, so both him and his brother Ryan have been responsible for three goals tonight.
Adam Harding gets two minutes for hooking.
GOAL! Peterborough 2 Wildcats 4, 28.39
Very simple goal. Ryan Watt skates towards the near post from wide left and squeezes past King at the upright. Will that restore a bit of calmness in the Swindon ranks? Sam Godfrey gets an assist.
No goals from three powerplays for the visitors tonight. Phantoms scored both their goals on powerplays.
Two minutes Petran for tripping.
Swindon have not had a lot of the puck so far this period.
GOAL! Peterborough 2 Wildcats 3, 23.50, PP
With seconds left of the powerplay, Petran brings the Phantoms to within a goal with a cracking drive, assisted by James Hutchinson and Cesky.
Smith gets 2+10 for checking from behind.
Sam Smith flattens Greg Pick after play has stopped and the home player is not best pleased.
Now Ryan Watt is the lucky one to take a puck in the face. Ouch.
SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY
The players have returned and are back out on the ice.
Get those tweets in please people. What are you thinking? #wildcatslive
@nedpayne1 Wildcats can NOT blow a 2 goal lead for a third game in a row! We want those 2pts home x #wildcatslive #letsgowildcats— @Faithangeljoy 26 October 2013
Slough, who were 6-0 down to Basingstoke, have now pulled it back to 6-4. Interesting.
Some great music here tonight. I can't remember what this one's called but I'm pretty sure I had it on tape (Now 24).
In all the madness I neglected to mention hat Luke Ferrara took a puck full in the face from teammate Nicky Watt at the back end of that period. Pretty sure that was not fun. Hopefully nothing is broken.
Swindon blew a two-goal advantage on both nights against Milton Keynes last weekend. Surely they can't do it again? Surely...
We will be back under way in around eight minutes.
Rapturous applause for the youngsters. Now time for the zamboni to do its stuff.
For the time being we are being entertained by some kids' hockey. Impressive skills on show.
Thoughts please #wildcatslive
How on earth to sum up that period? Cats were definitely second-best when they took the lead, but were then unstoppable for the next four minutes. Peterborough have not made the most of their shots, but the visitors are worthy of their two-goal advantage.
Moore has a good old chat with Cesky to end the period. Looked amicable. Think Cesky was flattened at the buzzer.
END OF PERIOD ONE
Well, that was bonkers. Fantastic entertainment. More importantly, Swindon lead.
Just over a minute left of period one.
Cracking double save Lyle from Tom Soar and Will Weldon.
No fourth goal for the visitors.
Peterborough might not feel they have made the best start, but Slough are now 6-0 down to the Bison early in period two. Blimey.
More running repairs to the ice.
Petran binned for high-sticks. Two minutes.
Good work Peterborough.
@nedpayne1 Wow great start by the wildcats!! Hope they can keep pace & energy for the whole game this time #wildcatslive #letsgowildcats— @Faithangeljoy 26 October 2013
What a game! Not a second to breathe so far.
Phantoms penalised for too many men.
GOAL! Peterborough 1 Wildcats 3, 10.38, DPP
The hosts make their numerical advantage count as Swindon old boy Jaroslav Cesky beats Lyle from close range. Assists from Erik Piatak and Oetran.
DOUBLE PHANTOMS POWERPLAY
Aku Pekkarinen binned for delay of game.
Bullas gets two minutes for hooking.
Phantoms call a time out. They need to regroup.
GOAL! Peterborough 0 Wildcats 3, 9.14
Superb stuff from Swindon as they grab a third inside the opening 10 minutes. Moments after Marcel Petran sends a stinger past Lyle's left post, the visitors break and Bullas hits the top shelf. Bang.
GOAL! Peterborough 0 Wildcats 2, 7.19
Tenacious play by Henri Sandvik. He picks up Silvander's pass and homes in on King, who saves his first effort, but Sandvik slams home on the rebound. Great start for Swindon.
GOAL! Peterborough 0 Wildcats 1, 5.59
Against the run of play, Hoog pulls across to Ryan Watt who is completely free and he beats King to put the visitors ahead.
I'd say it's 90 per cent Phantoms so far.
We're off again.
Yet again concern over the Peterborough ice. Time for some running repairs?
King stops an effort from Juha Silvander. Smartly done.
Swindon's Swedish star Jonas Hoog is robbed trying to take the puck out of defence, but Marc Levers stumbles past Lyle's left post. Clear chance gone.
Terrific noise being made by the visiting supporters.
PERIOD ONE UNDER WAY
Concern doesn't last long. We are off and running at Planet Ice. Slough are now 4-0 down by the way.
Some concern over a small patch of ice in the middle of the rink. Delay.
Netminders tonight are Stevie Lyle for Swindon and Damien King for Peterborough. Ex-Wildcat Tom Murdy is the Phantoms back-up.
Players being introduced.
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And now Peterborough's players have joined them. Nice to have the lights back on again.
The visiting players are out on the ice.
Now we've got a little bit of Queen, who are just about my least favourite band of all time. Controversial I know. Anyway, let's crack on with the hockey.
Peterborough have the worst goalscoring record in the EPL this season with just 27 in their opening 10 games, but head coach Jon Kynaston is convinced the goals will soon start flying in.
“We are capable of scoring a lot more goals and that is something which will come,” Kynaston told the Peterborough Telegraph.
@hornet303 well keep drumming that wildcat spirit during the game & bring the points home for us :) #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 26 October 2013
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SYMONDS URGES FOCUS
Wildcats defenceman Alex Symonds believes his team can take two points this evening but insists that he and his teammates must have the right attitude out on the ice.
“Peterborough are struggling at the moment and we need to take advantage of that. It’s only one game this weekend so we should be able to fully concentrate on it,” said Symonds.
“We need to come out and play strong road hockey. They are really good in their own rink and that’s something we need to look at, but I think we’re the better team.
“A lot of teams go to places like Peterborough and lose focus and end up losing.
“These away games are tough but they are the kind of games that win you championships, so everyone needs to make sure they give their best.”
First time to Peterborough. No atmosphere and no warm welcome for the Wildcats fans :-( still drums at the ready #wildcatslive— @hornet303 26 October 2013
Slough's new import goaltender Kamil Jarina is having a great time. The Jets were 3-0 down at home to Basingstoke at 2.14! Swindon host Slough on Wednesday of course.
WATT VS WATT
Swindon's recruitment of forward Ryan Watt a week and a half ago means that he will go face to face with older brother Nicky at Planet Ice this evening. Nicky, not averse to a dose of the rough stuff, spent half a season with the Wildcats last term before departing for Basingstoke.
The countdown clock has 12 minutes left on it. Not long now. Currently we've got a bit of country and western keeping us entertained. Lovely.
In spite of last weekend's results, Wildcats captain Shane Moore was keen to point out that Swindon have made a positive start to the campaign. The defenceman is confident that his side can finish in the top half of the EPL with the players they have on board.
“We’ve had a good start to the season overall and I don’t think we’re in a bad position by any means,” said Moore.
“I just think we need to tweak a few little things and we’re stronger with Ryan Watt in the line-up and we can start moving forward again.
“We’re right up in the mix and I expect that’s where we’ll be at the end of the season.
“It will be a tough ask to get first or second place but I think we should definitely be up there in the top five fighting for the league.”
Not icing for the Phantoms tonight are Jozef Sladok and netminder Dan Lane. Sladok always causes problems of one sort of another so Swindon have arrived here at a good time in that respect.
The warm-up is winding down. Face-off scheduled for 7pm of course.
Here we go then. Swindon are fifth in the EPL, while Peterborough are second-bottom. The Wildcats have scored seven more goals than their hosts this evening and conceded nine less. However, despite their lowly league position, Peterborough have won two of their last three games. Just to clarify, tonight's match is not an EPL-Cup fixture.
THE BOSS'S VIEW
Swindon might be fifth in the EPL table having made one of their better starts in recent seasons, but Ryan Aldridge is still searching for ways to make his team better. The head coach was unhappy with the two 6-4 defeats to Milton Keynes last weekend and admitted he was considering changes.
“I was very disappointed, we were 4-3 up in the third period and unfortunately some people weren’t good enough, and it seems to be the same guys night in, night out,” said Aldridge.
"There were three or four players (who were below-par). We have to improve and find a way.
“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t considering changes. Guys are making the same mistakes night in, night out and it’s getting kind of tiring that we give up - we gave up in the middle period (on Saturday) and we gave up on certain things in the third period (on Sunday).”
I reckon a hardy couple of dozen Wildcats supporters have made the journey to Peterborough tonight. Incredibly committed. Fair play.
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Both sets of players are warming up. Wildcats have the full set, minus injury cover import Jan Melichar.
Good evening and welcome to Planet Ice where Swindon Wildcats face Peterborough in their only EPL game of the weekend. There's plenty coming your way over the next few hours – all the pre-match opinion, all the goals, all the penalties, all the controversies. Bin off The X Factor and settle down on the sofa with a laptop instead. You know it makes sense.
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