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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Peterborough Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats
4:41pm Sunday 11th November 2012 in Ice Hockey
This live event has finished
- Peterborough 4-3 Swindon (OT)
- Wildcats fail in bid for first four-point weekend
- REPORTING BY NED PAYNE
@SwindonWildcats were you robbed or what? Sounds like you had a great game though, well done— @hegwighawks 11 November 2012
There's going to be some serious frustration in the Wildcats locker room right now. Can't help feeling this clock debate will run for a while.
GOAL! (Peterborough 4, Wildcats 3, 60.48)
That is so cruel on Swindon. Once again defeated in overtime. Peterborough have a two-on-one and Norton tucks into the roof of the net.
Here we go with overtime.
GOAL! (Peterborough 3, Wildcats 3, 59.59)
James Ferrara flicked back for Sladok, who directed home at the near post. But surely the clock was on zero? Massive controversy here.
Oh my goodness me. Peterborough think they have scored through Sladok. But have they? The Cats camp are convinced the clock had run down to zero.
There's 28 seconds left.
Time out. There's just over a minute left.
Swindlehurst gets two minutes for delay of game. Nervous times, these.
GOAL! (Peterborough 2, Wildcats 3, 57.13)
With Melichar off the ice, the puck is delivered in the air in front of the net by James Hutchinson, and Tom Carlon bats it down into the left corner of the net.
Melichar gets two minutes for holding.
Brilliant battling defence by Swindon. Top-drawer.
Six and a half minutes remain.
Kapicka takes a knock now and he comes off. Looked like a leg or ankle problem.
Watt looks like he's taken a whack on the hand or wrist. He'll carry on though, of course.
Skinns flicks the loose puck away in front of his net. All about composure now.
Phantoms have generally cranked up the pressure in this period. You've got to give credit to the Swindon D, though, Skinns been well-protected tonight.
Two minutes for Bullas.
Comparatively quiet start to the third period. Swindon will be quite happy with that.
Massive check by Sladok on Nell. Wow. That wouldn't have been out of place in the WWE.
More handbags. Just nonsense really.
The puck is fired through a crowd of players and deflects, but Skinns does very well to adjust and parry it to safety.
Period three is underway. Swindon are just 20 minutes away from their first four-point weekend of the season.
Here come the teams.
Shots on goal for period two: Peterborough 17, Wildcats 11. Running total: Peterborough 30, Wildcats 23.
End of period two and Wildcats are 3-1 up. There's some sort of handbags at the buzzer. Nothing major but the temperature is rising in this game.
GOAL! (Peterborough 1, Wildcats 3, 39.35)
James Ferrara immediately seizes on the powerplay opportunity to direct home Peterborough's first of the night.
Fojtik gets two minutes for hooking and it was very blatant.
Just over a minute of period two left.
The next goal is massive.
Penalty killed by the home side.
Melichar of all people tries his luck. Denied by King with the glove.
Phantoms have one man back now.
Fojtik is wiped out by Jeff Glowa when through on goal. Glowa gets two minutes for slashing and Cats have a five-on-three.
Now Weldon gets two minutes for holding.
Just to clarify, both Swindlehurst and Floyd Taylor earlier served 2+2s for roughing.
Woooooo hooooo! Keep it up lads #swindonwildcats #loudandproud #fourpointweekend— @hornet303 11 November 2012
Two minutes for Joe Baird for interference. Swindlehurst had been sitting in the box but is now back out on the ice.
GOAL! (Peterborough 0, Wildcats 3, 29.06)
Loris Taylor feeds Watt and with a bit of clever stick work he finishes with a flourish. Very much the visitors' game to lose now.
Strange sequence of events. Watt is pushed to the deck by Will Weldon when play appeared to have stopped. Handbags between Swindlehurst and Norton follow. After all that, it's Chris Jones that gets a 2+10 for checking from behind.
Huge scramble around the Wildcats goal. Skinns stands firm.
GOAL! (Peterborough 0, Wildcats 2, 24.38)
Swindon are defending their left side when all of a sudden Swindlehurst clears and Kapicka is completely free heading towards the net. He beats King with ease and the visitors are two goals to the good. Sam Bullas also got an assist.
Thanks for the updates from @swindonadver! Sounds like a close game. Keep the presure on #swindonwildcats and see it through to the victory!— @hornet303 11 November 2012
Mazy dribble from Hoog is oh-so-nearly finished by Nell. King elbowed Nell's shot away from danger.
Come on Swindon make it a 4 point week-end #swindonwildcats— @PipeSteven 11 November 2012
Jozef Sladok shoots low through a crowd of players, but the screened Skinns blocks.
And we're off.
Get those tweets coming in please, remember to use #swindonwildcats
The teams are back out.
Shots on goal for the first period: Peterborough 13, Wildcats 12.
ADVER SPORTS WRITER NED PAYNE
A goal of great quality separates the sides, but Wldcats need to be wary as heir hosts improved towards the end of the first period. Fojtik certainly made his presence felt. Not sure he'll be having much effect on the game off the ice, though.
End of period one.
Nell denied by King and on the rebound he can't quite get enough stick to the puck. That was very nearly 2-0 and would have set Swindon up for period two quite nicely.
Ziedins is in the net, but the puck isn't. The Phantoms are inching closer.
Skinns pads away a low effort from Lewis Hook.
Skinns makes a great low save from which James Ferrara somehow pokes over from about two yards out. Might even have clipped the bar.
There's a 2+10 for Fojtik who has been ordered off the ice for checking from behind. Think it was Norton who he nailed.
Joe Baird squashes Jamie Line into the side wall. Bang.
Super, flowing game of hockey this.
Nicky Watt gets his first chance to test Damien King, but he is denied.
Norton shoots, Skinns blocks comfortably.
Maris Ziedins fires off-target for the hosts.
It's a two-on-one breakout but Nell cannot convert Hoog's pass. Cracking start for the visitors, though.
Shot from Tom Norton on the angle nearly deflects into the net. Netminder Dean Skinns breathes a sigh of relief.
Hoog on the prowl again. Cats want more!
GOAL! (Peterborough 0, Wildcats 1, 0.49)
What a start and what a wonderful goal that was. Aaron Nell seemed to get the puck stuck under him but controlled it brilliantly with his skate and sent a diagonal pass to Jonas Hoog, who finished clinically from close range. Jan Melichar also got an assist.
Period one is go.
A minute's silence for those who died for their country is immaculately observed. We've just had the national anthem, now it's face-off time.
Good luck @SwindonWildcats tonight.#4pointweekend— @beccitaylor2007 11 November 2012
On come the lights and the players are introduced.
Here come the players (still in darkness).
We've been plunged into darkness here at Planet Ice. That can only mean one thing - we're a matter of minutes away from face-off.
Good luck to the #swindonwildcats tonight! Will be following the match updates via @swindonadver as I am in Ireland today. #loudandproud— @hornet303 11 November 2012
My first sighting of new Wildcats D-man Tomas Fojtik tonight. I can confirm that he is absolutely massive, although only just bigger than Paul Swindlehurst. You'd want him on your side in a fight, that's for sure.
According to tonight's programme, Wildcats are 'not one of the more feared EPL teams'. Motivation much?
@NickyWatt49 last 3 games I have come with my girlfriend to see you guys play at swindon from Brighton! That's dedication! #swindonwildcats— @Carlbrini 11 November 2012
No Shane Moore or Matias Perkkio tonight of course, both injured. Jamie Hayes is also not icing.
I've just seen Stevie Whitfield's Movember effort and I have to take my hat off to the lad. Excellent work.
Don't forget to have your say on tonight's game by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below or on Twitter using #swindonwildcats. The best comments will be reprinted in this live feed.
WILDCATS HEAD COACH RYAN ALDRIDGE ON THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
“We are going back to basics and we have to come together as a group and we need to get people fit.
“This weekend is the biggest weekend of the season for us, and we need to perform because if we don’t then the panic button might get hit.
“We have to re-group, and a few people will get some things pointed out to them this week they may not like, but that is hockey and that is the way it goes.
“We may be playing two sides down there, but the league is so tight right now you really can’t take any game for granted, and we need to be at our best for sure.
“Dean Skinns has been superb for us recently and put in some great performances.
“He had a tough weekend last week because he got hit hard twice on the Saturday and then took one in the head on Sunday, so to still perform the way he did was outstanding.
“He needs more protection, though, because we are letting them in front of the net far too many times, and that is not acceptable.”
Speaking of which, both sides are now out on the ice and warming up.
The last time Swindon travelled to Peterborough a travel mishap meant one of the minibuses arrived late, resulting in a delay of 15 minutes on the original face-off time. Wildcats were nearly two hours early today, so they have not been lacking in preparation on this occasion.
Welcome to Planet Ice Peterborough where in around 45 minutes Swindon will begin their quest for their first four-point weekend of the season. Stay here for all the up-to-the-minute details. It certainly promises to be an interesting one.