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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
Don't forget to join me on Saturday when Swindon travel to Basingstoke.
Time to grab some reaction, which you can read in tomorrow's Adver.
#wildcatslive We did come back from 3 goals down to 3-3 then lost 4-3 bad luck better luck next week.— @LeighPaulStiles 02 February 2014
There's some very glum Cats players walking into the locker room.
After 3-0 down we did well to even get back in it! Chin up boys & look to next wkend!! Safe trip home #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 02 February 2014
Man of the match for Swindon is Sandvik.
Those three minutes at the end of the first proved critical. I knew they would.
Unlucky @SwinWildcats we're bounce back next weekend #wildcatslive— @sammywilson87 02 February 2014
Well, that was a bit of an anti-climax from a Swindon point of view. Nothing in it by the end.
Peterborough 4-3 Wildcats.
NOW NOW NOW pretttttty pleaseeeeeee #wildcatslive— @sammywilson87 02 February 2014
Cats call a time out.
A @SwinWildcats goal would be nice now please... #wildcatslive— @ThatCurlyBird 02 February 2014
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.
Huge slapshot by Kostal saved by King.
Just past the post by Luke Ferrara.
Here we go.
Three minutes left.
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?
Stay out of the box Wildcats!! #wildcatslive— @slapshot6032 02 February 2014
We could do with a Nellie special right about now #wildcatslive— @Ulli2311 02 February 2014
1.29 left of the penalty.
Way to go @Wattdawg49 3-3! Wildcats aren't out of it! #wildcatslive— @bodycheck456 02 February 2014
Symonds called for cross-checking. Tense.
Just over six minutes left.
Get in there Watty...come on Wildcats, 10 minutes to finish them off #wildcatslive— @Staines3009 02 February 2014
Boooom!!! Way to go @Wattdawg49 3-3!!! #wildcatslive— @jackl86 02 February 2014
Symonds called for holding.
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...
The usual rollercoaster ride in Peterborough, this.
Twelve minutes to go.
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.
Cmon @SwinWildcats don't give up let's get them goals #wildcatslive— @sammywilson87 02 February 2014
King swallows up a shot from Nell.
Battling start to the final period by both teams.
Wildcats have 16 minutes to save this game. One goal would make it very interesting.
Sladok nearly breaks the Plexiglas with a slapshot.
@nedpayne1 in Bracknell, Slough just scored 3 quick goals to tie the game here #wildcatslive— @ch_rico77 02 February 2014
Wood goes very close to adding a fourth for the host. Smart stop Lyle.
Shots on goal in the second period were 12-10 in Swindon's favour. Phantoms lead 28-18 on SOG overall.
THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY
The players are back out.
Latest scorelines from around the league pretty disastrous from a Wildcats point of view...
We'll be back in action in a matter of minutes.
Important 3rd period coming up! Sounds like we were attacking more in that period but need to up the anti & get 2 quick goals #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 02 February 2014
Feeling confident still? Can't say I am.
We will be back under way in a little over 10 minutes.
Negatives. Swindon should possibly only be a goal behind on the strength of the second period. And they can play much better than this.
Phantoms have already shown that a game can be changed very quickly. Tough ask for the cats but it can be done! #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 02 February 2014
Manchester 2 Telford 3, Sheffield 3 Basingstoke 1, Bracknell 2 Slough 0, Guildford 0 Milton Keynes 0.
OK, positives. Swindon forced the Phantoms into more mistakes in that period and generally looked more lively. Only two goals in it now.
END OF SECOND PERIOD
Less than a minute to go.
Odd period, this. Very bitty.
Three minutes to go.
FOUR ON FOUR
Hoog called for charging.
Hoog slaloms through the middle but King saves.
Right then.... One goal at a time - #whynotus #wildcatslive— @slapshot6032 02 February 2014
Sladok penalised for interference.
Seven minutes left in the second.
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.
The game has become a lot more end to end in this middle session.
Smith breaks free but he's only got one blast at it... and King repels his shot.
There are just over 12 minutes left of the second.
Smith delivered into the danger zone from the left wing but Henri Sandvik could not scramble home.
Nell lasers a fraction past the left post.
Swindon need to take one of these opportunities. Sooner rather than later.
ANOTHER CATS POWERPLAY
Petran called for hooking.
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.
The game isnt over yet! 40mins to show our forwards magic & put us back into it! Chin up boys & dont stop fighting #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 02 February 2014
Jozef Sladok binned for cross-checking.
Shots on goal in the first period were 18-6 in Phantoms' favour.
4-3 where gunna win 4-3 where gunna win 4-3 #letsgowildcats #wildcatslive— @Dunster43 02 February 2014
SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY
Swindon head coach Ryan Aldridge is out early. He doesn't look too happy.
#wildcatslive 3-0 down in the first period but still time to turn it around and get the win— @LeighPaulStiles 02 February 2014
We'll be back under way in four minutes.
Looks like our tactics are not working, best form of defence is offence Attack attack attack #wildcatslive— @Dunster43 02 February 2014
Well, that certainly escalated quickly... :/ #wildcatslive— @Thomas_Graham92 02 February 2014
Manchester 1 Telford 1, Sheffield 1 Basingstoke 0, Bracknell 0 Slough 0, Guildford 0 Milton Keynes 0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wood went the closest from the edge of the crease. Lyle blocked.
Hoog crunches into Greg Pick and is called for slashing.
Five minutes left of the first.
James Hutchinson tries his luck. Denied by Lyle.
Phantoms are three on three, but Petran can only chip into Lyle's glove from the right wing.
Jonas Hoog picks Petran's pocket on the blueline but King is alive to the Swede's top shelf-bound wristshot.
Lyle gloves a slapshot from the left wing from Declan Balmer.
We are nearing the halfway point of the opening 20 minutes.
Lyle smothers, not for the first time in this first period.
Great tracking by Stevie Whitfield and the danger is averted.
Aaron Nell just had Swindon's first real effort.
FIVE ON FOUR
FOUR ON THREE
Sam Godfrey called for tripping.
Lively stuff so far.
Petran, who has been busy so far, slams a drive goalwards that Lyle gobbles up.
Come on you cats. ..boom boom #wildcatslive #sofasupporting— @Freckles2408 02 February 2014
FOUR ON FOUR
Watt and Ferrara called for roughing.
Ryan Watt falls on Luke Ferrara by the Plexiglas and already it's kicked off.
Petran checks Jan Kostal. Welcome to the game. Edge already.
All Phantoms so far.
Danny Wood cracks against the back wall.
Marcel Petran skids one in towards Lyle, which the Welshman bats away.
FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY
In nets tonight are Damien King for Peterborough and Stevie Lyle for Swindon.
Seems like the @PhantomsLive tactic tonight is to deafen the opposition! #wildcatslive— @Cathy_o_regan 02 February 2014
The men with the armbands tonight are Hogarth and Thompson.
Both sets of payers are out on the ice.
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.”
Here come the officials.
Lets go wildcats!!!! #wildcatslive— @HomTopper 02 February 2014
TONIGHT'S EPL FIXTURES
Manchester v Telford, Sheffield v Basingstoke, Bracknell v Slough, Guildford v Milton Keynes.
Can't be easy piloting the zamboni around in the blackness. Anyway, he's cracking on.
We have now been plunged into darkness. Never quite understand the point, but there you go.
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.”
I love Aaron Nell and Ryan Watt! #wildcatslive— @bobycheck456 02 February 2014
We've now taken a violent musical swerve into some sedate country. Lovely.
The players are clearing the ice as we speak. Face-off will be in around 20 minutes.
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Good luck @SwinWildcats 3pt wkend wld be a great way to start Feb & push to playoffs! Show the Phantoms why teams are scared x #wildcatslive— @Faithangeljoy 02 February 2014
Some truly dreadful dance/trance/noise being belted out over the PA. Gah.
Saw the boys on their way to Peterborough when I went shopping,sent a silent good luck their way ,not that they need it #wildcatslive— @Ulli2311 02 February 2014
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.
A short and simple - Good Luck to the wildcats tonight, they know what needs to be done! #wildcatslive— @slapshot6032 02 February 2014
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.
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.
#wildcatslive only 1 hour to go. I hope for a win and 2 points.— @LeighPaulStiles 02 February 2014
Good luck @SwinWildcats ..safe journey and kick some phantom ass !!#wildcatslive #loudandproud— @Freckles2408 02 February 2014
It's freezing here, as per. Some areas of the ice look a bit dubious. Let's see what happens.
Evening all. Another Sunday night. Another Ice Hockey Live. Peterborough are the opponents. Let's crack on.