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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Manchester Phoenix v Swindon Wildcats

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  • Manchester Phoenix 6-3 Swindon Wildcats (result)
  • Manchester scorers: Robin Kovar (3), Michal Psurny (2), Richard Bentham
  • Wildcats scorers: Jan Kostal, Jonas Hoog, Aaron Nell
  • Swindon drop out of EPL play-off places after defeat at Altrincham Ice Dome
  • Get involved using #wildcatslive and tag in @nedpayne1
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

8:35pm

OK, that's all we've got time for on Ice Hockey Live tonight. A full report and reaction will appear in the Adver tomorrow and look out for plenty more throughout the week.

8:34pm

NIHL RESULT

The NIHL Wildcats lost 6-4 in Oxford tonight.

8:32pm

Just to put tonight's result into context. Manchester outshot Swindon by nearly two to one (54-28).

8:31pm

EPL RESULTS

Sheffield 7 Bracknell 3, Telford 4 Basingstoke 0, Guildford 4 Slough 0.

8:29pm

WILDCATS FORWARD FLOYD TAYLOR RUES SECOND-PERIOD COLLAPSE

Swindon Advertiser: Floyd Taylor will skipper Great Britain's under 18s

"It's a tough place to come and play and we got off to a good start and unfortunately in the second period we lost concentration for a few minutes.

"They are a good team and they were able to kill us."

8:26pm

Fair to say the the camp was very quiet when they came out of the locker room. They were immediately on the minibus and are heading back to Swindon as we speak.

8:24pm

HEAD COACH RYAN ALDRIDGE REFLECTS ON TONIGHT'S DEFEAT

Swindon Advertiser: Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge

"It wasn't good enough.

"After coming in at the end of the first period 2-1 up, our second period performance wasn't good enough, plain and simple.

"I thought we were better in the third but the second cost us the game."

8:21pm

Reaction from head coach Ryan Aldridge and young forward Floyd Taylor coming up...

7:56pm

Time to get some reaction to that defeat, the fruits of which will appear soon on this liveblog.

7:54pm

Pekkarinen is Swindon's man of the match.

7:53pm

Swindon are dropping out of the play-off places. Ninth now.

7:51pm

Moore was given a delay of game penalty seconds from the end.

7:51pm

RESULT

Manchester 6 Wildcats 3.

7:49pm

Some 33 seconds left.

7:48pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:46pm

Two minutes left and one of those will be Swindon on the powerplay.

7:45pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Hand called for tripping.

7:44pm

Psurny should have had his hat-trick. Blows the chance.

7:42pm

GOAL! Manchester 6 Wildcats 3, 54.43

That is quite simply the biggest goalmouth scramble I've ever seen. Everyone's in there having a go and Lyle and skipper Shane Moore chuck themselves in the way of the puck on separate occasions, but it's to no avail as Kovar completes his hat-trick unassisted with a close-range finish. Game over.

7:39pm

Psurny nearly found the net shorthanded. Just dragged across goal.

7:38pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:38pm

Hoog tries one from halfway. It wasn't far off!

7:36pm

Ripper of a slapshot from Nell is held by Fone at the second attempt.

7:36pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Bentham called for hooking.

7:35pm

Hoog wiped out in the act of shooting. Penalty coming.

7:34pm

A smidge over eight minutes remaining.

7:33pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:31pm

CATS POWERPLAY (FINALLY)

Boothroyd called for delay of game.

7:26pm

GOAL! Manchester 5 Wildcats 3, 45.21, PP

Schnabel's monster slapshot rebounds off the back wall and after Archer can't finish past Lyle, Psurny is there to complete the job. Is that the killer goal?

7:24pm

Lyle blocks from Boothroyd.

7:23pm

PHOENIX POWERPLAY

Watt penalised for hooking.

7:22pm

GOAL! Manchester 4 Wildcats 3, 43.01

Hang on a minute. Hoog gets the freedom of the left wing and he zings a lovely pass across to Nell who crashes a one-timer low beyond Fone. The Manchester D went completely missing there and the visitors are right back in it.

7:19pm

Big chance for Bentham. Bearing down on Lyle but his slapshot is high and wide.

7:15pm

THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY

7:14pm

As a point of interest, Swindon will drop to ninth in the EPL table if current scores stay as they are. Telford are three up at home to Basingstoke and looking good for the win.

7:13pm

Here come the players.

7:11pm

Three minutes and we'll be back under way.

7:08pm

I wonder how many fans Basingstoke have taken to Telford tonight? Stop sniggering you lot at the back.

7:07pm

EPL LATEST

Sheffield 5 Bracknell 1, Telford 3 Basingstoke 0, Guildford 2 Slough 0.

7:06pm

NIHL LATEST

Oxford 0 NIHL Wildcats 1 (end of first period)

6:58pm

Well. Three goals conceded in one minute, 19 seconds made that period less enjoyable from a Swindon point of view than it might have been.

6:57pm

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD

6:54pm

Floyd Taylor takes the visitors' first shot in quite some time. Easy for Fone.

6:52pm

Manchester in total control.

6:50pm

Just under five minutes left of the second period.

6:49pm

The Wildcats goal is leading a charmed life at the moment.

6:48pm

Looks like that unbeaten start to 2014 isn't going to last long...

6:46pm

Manchester deserve their advantage. This is going to take one impressive comeback from Swindon.

6:44pm

GOAL! Manchester 4 Wildcats 2, 32.03

That's a third goal inside two minutes and the hosts have turned it around. Cesky flies forward and the puck breaks nicely to Kovar who sends a neat slapshot past Lyle's left pad.

6:40pm

Time out called by Swindon.

6:40pm

GOALS! Manchester 3 Wildcats 2, 30.44 and 31.08

Two goals in 24 seconds and Swindon are in shock. The first is a basic pull-back from Schnabel and Michal Psurny finds a route past Lyle. Moments later Richard Bentham scores number three, assisted by Liam Chong and Jack Watkins.

6:36pm

Swindon yet to go on the powerplay in this game.

6:35pm

Pinged off the iron by Moore. Again, it looked like the side of the net.

6:34pm

A bit better from Swindon now.

6:33pm

Sam Godfrey definitely hit the iron there, but I think it might have been on the side of the net.

6:32pm

PENALTY KILLED

Lyle grabs a slapshot from Kovar and deflects away from Luke Boothroyd to end the powerplay.

6:31pm

Lyle scoops over his own net with his stick from Cesky.

6:29pm

PHOENIX POWERPLAY

Pekkarinen called for interference.

6:28pm

Manchester are hammering on the door at the start of this second period.

6:27pm

NIHL UPDATE

The NIHL Wildcats are 1-0 up at Oxford. Glenn Billing on the scoresheet.

6:25pm

A couple of goalscorer changes have been made from the first period. Hoog scored Swindon's second and Kovar scored Manchester's first.

6:22pm

SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY

6:20pm

Less than two minutes away.

6:15pm

I think it's fair to say that they are. Manchester have been impressive in the D-zone but have not taken their chances. Swindon have.

6:14pm

The zamboni is out and we will be back under way in around seven minutes.

6:11pm

Don't forget to have your say using #wildcatslive and tweeting me at @nedpayne1.

6:10pm

Terrifically entertaining first period. If we get two more like that then you have to say the fans have got value for money here tonight.

6:09pm

EPL LATEST

Sheffield 0 Bracknell 1, Telford 2 Basingstoke 0.

6:07pm

That was breathless stuff.

6:05pm

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD

6:04pm

Aku Pekkarinen tests Fone from the left wing but gets no joy.

6:03pm

There are 58 seconds left of the first period.

6:02pm

Manchester are great in the attacking zone but they are looking very nervy in the defensive zone.

6:01pm

Floyd Taylor does fantastically to hunt down the puck on the left wing but his square pass is not met with a clean shot by Adam Harding.

5:57pm

Lyle blocks from James Archer from right in front of the net. It was quite a difficult chance to take in fairness.

5:56pm

There's goals in this game tonight. Absolutely no doubt about it.

5:55pm

Have we really played 14 minutes already?

5:53pm

I'm pretty convinced we do not have a fully-fit Steve Fone on our hands here.

5:52pm

5:49pm

GOAL! Manchester 1 Wildcats 2, 9.16

Goodness me. It's an absolute howler from Fone. It's a straightforward shot to hold from Watt but the goaltender somehow scoops the puck behind him and across goal after initially seeming to gather, which allows Jonas Hoog to slam home from a narrow angle.

5:48pm

GOAL! Manchester 1 Wildcats 1, 7.59

It's virtually Swindon's first attack and they are level. Sam Smith bombs towards the net and squares for Jan Kostal, who sees his initial shot saved but is able to stab beyond Fone at the second attempt. Henri Sandvik also gets an assist.

5:44pm

GOAL! Manchester 1 Wildcats 0, 5.11, PP

It's been coming. Joe Graham skids the puck across goal and after Lyle blocks well from player-coach Tony Hand, Robin Kovar is in the right place to squeeze home the opener.

5:41pm

Lyle holds another Schnabel drive.

5:40pm

Almighty slapshot from Michal Psurny from the left wing is grabbed at the second attempt by Lyle.

5:38pm

PHOENIX POWERPLAY

Stevie Whitfield sits for tripping.

5:36pm

Referees tonight are Liptrott and Boardman, by the way. Lines are Heatherington and Wells.

5:34pm

And seconds later the iron comes to Lyle's rescue! Phoenix on the front foot.

5:34pm

Lyle gets his right arm to Robert Schnabel's early slapshot.

5:33pm

FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY

5:32pm

Great atmosphere. Lovely place to watch hockey, this.

5:32pm

Huddles.

5:31pm

In goal are Stevie Lyle for Swindon and Fone for Manchester.

5:30pm

TONIGHT'S EPL FIXTURES

Sheffield v Bracknell, Telford v Basingstoke, Guildford v Slough.

5:28pm

Both teams have entered the arena.

5:28pm

ALL POSITIONS COVERED

Swindon Advertiser: Lee Richardson, right, in action

 

Lee Richardson has been Mr Versatile in a positional sense this season - both at Slough and now Swindon - but says he is more than content to continue in that vein.

“This season in Slough I was back and forth every game,” said Richardson.

“It (playing defence) is something you get used to as you get older and especially coming into a new team, you don’t walk in and say, ‘I’m doing this and I’m doing that’, you do what you’re told.

"That’s fair enough. As long as I’m helping and hindering the team, that’s all that matters.

"Being around a long time you read the game better and that helps. I’m a defensive forward anyway, so it’s not too bad.

“There’s still things I have to do better but hopefully I can learn that and help the team.

“As long as the boys are winning, that’s all we have to do.”

5:25pm

TEAM NEWS

As discussed, Fone ices for Manchester, but there's no Frankie Bakrlik who is injured. Former Swindon man Jaroslav Cesky plays for the Phoenix.

For Wildcats, Loris Taylor is on Wightlink duty while import D-man Tomas Fojtik does not play. I will attempt to get a definite answer on the Czech's future later.

5:21pm

5:20pm

DIDN'T THEY DO WELL?

I know back-slapping can be rather tedious, but I'd like to say a massive thank you to all you hockey fans out there reading this liveblog, because last Sunday against Telford we smashed through the 2,000 page views barrier for the first time in a regular season game - 2,138 for the sticklers amongst you. The only time we've broken 2,000 before was for the play-off games against Basingstoke in 2012/13, and this latest milestone makes us all at Adver Towers very happy. So many thanks for the part you played. Please keep reading.

5:19pm

SPELLING MATTERS

You will be delighted to hear that Shaun Moore is once again icing for Swindon, not Shane Moore. Poor Moorsy was Shaun here in the programme last time and he's Shaun again!

5:17pm

Feels kind of odd only having a one-game weekend, don't you think? You'd like to believe that the Wildcats would be fresher than their hosts tonight having not played yesterday, but we shall see.

5:15pm

For me, the Fone factor is massive tonight. I want to see those shots raining in. Swindon need to ask plenty of questions.

5:14pm

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Swindon Advertiser: Jonas Hoog

Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge has promised to work on the Swindon powerplay and he believes that once his team have a few practice sessions under their belt, matters will improve.

Aldridge said: “Aaron (Nell) gives you a chance to win every night, but I think that line was off on Wednesday (in the 6-3 win over Bracknell),” he said.

“Jonas (Hoog) and Aaron didn’t really click but they still found a way to score four goals between them.

“I just don’t think that we retrieved pucks well enough. We took the shot and they got the puck every time and got it out.

“That’s obviously something to work on but we haven’t really had practice since Aaron’s been back in the line-up.

“We’ve been out once for one quick practice so we know we have to work on the powerplay, that’s for sure.”

5:12pm

5:12pm

The tweets are starting to come in. Don't forget to have your say...

5:12pm

5:10pm

I believe Paul Maudsley was on the ice wearing Jorge El-Hage's shirt, somewhat confusingly. Anyway, the warm-up is now over.

5:07pm

Any second now, a poll will appear just below and you can cast your vote on what you think the result will be tonight. Confident?

5:07pm

5:06pm

GET INVOLVED USING #WILDCATSLIVE

Your involvement is vital to Ice Hockey Live and we want you to let us know your thoughts on all things Wildcats-related. This can be about anything, whether it be the performances of imports, Swindon's play-off prospects or your views on the powerplay. All you have to do is use #wildcatslive on Twitter and/or tag me in (@nedpayne1) and I will endeavour to include your thoughts. You can comment before, during and after the game and you can also get your opinion off your chest in the comments section below. There is absolutely no reason not to have your say and you can be as controversial as you like (but please keep it clean).

4:59pm

The big news is that as the teams warm up I can see that Manchester's Steve Fone and youngster Paul Maudsley are both out on the ice. Fone missed last night's defeat to Basingstoke due to illness with Maudsley deputising. Not sure how fit Fone is feeling, but will see.

4:58pm

Evening all. The Wildcats are in Manchester tonight to take on a Phoenix team well-capable of finishing top of the EPL standings come the end of the season. This evening's game marks the beginning of a frenetic period that sees Swindon face four road matches in 13 days (and one at home), so rest assured you are going to be seeing plenty of Ice Hockey Live over the next couple of weeks.

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