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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Peterborough Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats
4:45pm Sunday 23rd September 2012 in Sport
This live event has finished
- Final score: Peterborough 2-1 Wildcats
- Ryan Aldridge's men fail to bounce back from heavy defeat to reigning play-off champions Slough
- Second weekend of English Premier League season
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Man of the match for Swindon was netminder Skinns. Well-deserved.
It's all over at Planet Ice Peterborough. Really tough loss for Swindon to take. All about next weekend now.
GOAL! (Peterborough 2-1 Wildcats)
Stunning counter finished by angled slapshot from Kapicka. There's still time!
Nell blasts over with three minutes left.
Kapicka just got absolutely nailed by Carlon. Ouch.
Moore is back on the ice.
Skinns does just enough to keep out Ziedins. Frantic stuff.
Moore binned for hooking.
I'm not entirely sure how Swindon haven't scored in this game. They have been close numerous times.
Penalty killed by Phantoms.
Phantoms just one man down now.
Six against four but Cats can't convert.
Two minutes for James Ferrara for delay of game.
Maris Ziedins is superbly denied by Skinns one on one.
Two-minute bench penalty for Phantoms.
Jan Melichar and Shane Moore somehow manage to keep out Ondrej Lauko. A goal there and it probably would have been curtains.
Kapicka comes off the ice shaking his head after pinging a shot against the pipes from all of two yards. Wildcats need a break, and quickly.
Kapicka smashes off-target and Nell goes close. Positive start.
Period three underway.
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Very little in this. The teams will be out for period three in two minutes.
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
Swindon are battling away for not much here. The hosts had control before Wildcats hit back in the latter part of the second period. At the heart of this was Swedish import Jonas Hoog, who has been absolutely everywhere. He nearly set up Richardson before the buzzer and was a creative influence throughout.
End of period two.
Skinns has had a good game for my money. Much busier in the second period.
Bullas nearly dived into the net himself then.
Carnage in front of the Swindon goal, but somehow the puck stays out.
Hayes and Nicky Watt both denied from close range. Wildcats badly need a goal here. If they get it, it's game on.
Handbags between Sam Bullas and Sladok.
Phantoms are much more of an attacking threat in this period. Most of the play is down the Wildcats end at this point.
Kapicka sends a slapshot goalwards on the angle, but King saves easily.
GOAL! Peterborough 2-0 Wildcats
Slack defence allows Jeff Glowa in on goal and he slams into the top-left corner.
Period two is go!
@swindonwildcats good luck tonight boys, lets bring that win home, go out and kick some....— @hegwighawks 23 September 2012
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
The scoreline is a shame for Swindon, who competed well throughout the first 20 minutes. Nell, Kapicka and Richardson all had decent chances, but King has been in top form in the Phantoms net. A long way to go yet, though.
First period is over.
GOAL! Peterborough 1-0 Wildcats
Peterborough haven't been great in this first period, but they have the lead. Tom Carlon slotted into the net from close range (18.20), and there wasn't much Skinns could do about that.
Dean Skinns has had to make a few saves, but Swindon are right in this game.
King and Nell down in a heap in the goalmouth. Not entirely clear what happened there. No penalties given.
Penalty killed by Swindon.
Two minutes for Jamie Hayes for hooking.
Netminder Damien King has made a few handy stops for Phantoms so far. Positive start for the visitors, though.
Penalty killed. Michal Kapicka was a whisker away from opening the scoring.
Two minutes for Sladok for delay of game.
Brilliant opening here. Fast, furious and end to end.
Jozef Sladok just dragged Lee Richardson across the ice like a rag doll. It nearly kicked off inside the first five minutes then!
And we're off.
Face-off just a few minutes away now.
WILDCATS NETMINDER DEAN SKINNS ON PETERBOROUGH
“A lot of people are writing them off, but they are going to be another tough team.
“People are saying they won’t be better than last year but Peterborough is always a tough place to go.
“Even Guildford go there and struggle sometimes and they are a good team in this league.
“Peterborough can turn anyone over, especially in their own rink.”
WILDCATS HEAD COACH RYAN ALDRIDGE ON SLOUGH DEFEAT AND HIS HOPES FOR PETERBOROUGH CLASH TONIGHT
“The first period wasn’t great but I thought the guys were going to step-up, but they didn’t and it wasn’t to be.
“Although we were better in the second we played like a perimeter hockey team all night, and you are not going to score against their goalie if you shoot from out wide.
“I thought the third line did well again, and I suppose it was tough on them because they had less ice time while we were trying to crawl back into the game after the top-end guys had let them down in the first place.
“It is simple, they need to bring more and do what is asked of them, or the worst happens.
“But I believe it is in that room, and I am confident we can turn things round, but if we are going to do it everyone needs to show up and the guys can’t take a night off.
“We want to get back on the ice because we want to put things right, but Peterborough is a tough building to play in,” he said.
“With how we have played in the last few games we need to be prepared to get our noses dirty if we want to win.”
I know this sounds stupid, but it's absolutely freezing here at Planet Ice. I suppose the clue is in the name really. Anyway, all the players are out and warming up as we speak.
The Cats team minibuses arrived a little late here at Planet Ice, so face-off has been delayed by 15 minutes. We will get underway at 5.45pm.
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