LiveICE HOCKEY LIVE: Peterborough Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats

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Summary

  • Peterborough Phantoms 2-5 Swindon Wildcats
  • Stevie Whitfield scores first Cats goal from inside defensive face-off circle
  • Dean Skinns' superb display in goal helps visitors to win
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

7:56pm

7:56pm

Look out for a full report and reaction in the Adver tomorrow.

7:55pm

Man of the match for Swindon is Dean Skinns.

7:53pm

That's it. Great road win. Well-deserved. Swindon were much better in the third period.

7:52pm

Cats powerplay.

7:46pm

GOAL! Peterborough 2 Wildcats 5, 55.29

That wraps it up for sure. Betteridge tucks away from Hoog's pass. Game over.

7:44pm

I'm loathe to say Peterborough look beaten, but they do.

7:41pm

Swindon have six minutes to hold on.

7:40pm

Skinns really has played out of his, er, skin, in this game.

7:39pm

That goal, incidentally, was Whitfield's first for the Wildcats.

7:36pm

Nell misses a couple of one-on-ones with King. Maybe they should stick Stevie up there?

7:35pm

GOAL! Peterborough 2 Swindon 4, 46.21, SH

Well, that is quite simply the most ridiculous goal I've ever seen. The short-handed Cats win the puck in front of their own net, Stevie Whitfield blasts it clear barely five yards from his own goal and it somehow bounces past King at the other end. How on earth did he let that past him?

7:30pm

Swindlehurst gets 2+2 for slashing and roughing.

7:29pm

Ziedins flashes an effort just past the post.

7:27pm

Phantoms back to full strength.

7:27pm

Correction on the second goal. It was Ziedins that scored, not Jeff Glowa.

7:24pm

Carlon off for holding.

7:23pm

Skinns temporarily pulled.

7:22pm

The third period is underway.

7:21pm

Both sets of teams are back out on the ice.

7:20pm

Swindon really have to tighten up at the back for period three, otherwise we're looking at overtime, or worse.

7:16pm

Could do with a few less penalties in period three.

7:06pm

Shots on goal for period two were 18 for Phantoms and seven for Swindon. Hosts have had 36 in total to Swindon's 19.

7:04pm

That's the end of the second period, and it's fair to say there wasn't a great deal of hockey played. Plenty of arguing, though, between just about everyone, including the officials!

7:03pm

GOAL! Peterborough 2 Swindon 3, 39.58, PP

Melichar is called for interference. Ziedins pops up and converts from Joe Graham and Tom Norton with two seconds to go before the end of the period. Just a frantic whack from close range.

6:56pm

Hoog denied by King. Very good chance.

6:54pm

Somehow we're back to a five-on-five.

6:53pm

Two minutes for Moore for slashing. Carlon also gets two minutes.

6:51pm

Carlon and Moore have a bit of a mini punch-up. That one's been coming for a while.

6:50pm

Phantoms powerplay.

6:50pm

Swindlehurst off for hooking. He's fuming.

6:48pm

James Ferrara drops the gloves, but, er, no one else does.

6:47pm

Sandvik gets 2+10 for checking from behind. Pick gets two minutes for roughing.

6:45pm

Sandvik and Greg Pick indulge in a bit of shoving. Seems there is a big fight round the corner here... not sure who it will be.

6:40pm

GOAL! Peterborough 1 Swindon 3, 26.31

Lauko pulls one back from Lewis Hook's pass and the Phantoms have renewed impetus.

6:38pm

Not for long...

6:37pm

It's undeniable that Swindon are fortunate to be 3-0 up, but 3-0 up they are.

6:35pm

GOAL! Peterborough 0 Swindon 3, 23.04

Aldridge squares to Matias Perkkio steaming in on goal and the puck breaks nicely to Sandvik behind him, who has plenty of time to beat King low to his left.

6:30pm

Cats back to full strength.

6:30pm

Period two underway.

6:26pm

About a minute until the players are back out.

6:25pm

It's always a great game to watch when Swindon meet Peterborough at Planet Ice this season. No idea why.

6:23pm

Shots on goal in the first period were 18 by Peterborough and 12 by Swindon.

6:13pm

Hoog has two seconds of his penalty left to serve, but to all intents and purposes, it's penalty killed.

6:12pm

And that's the end of the first period. Absolutely great stuff.

6:12pm

Lauko shoves over Swindlehurst. There is a bit of an atmosphere brewing here. This game has an edge.

6:11pm

Skinns has been superb this period.

6:10pm

Cats just one man down now.

6:09pm

Hoog off for slashing. Five on three.

6:07pm

Two minutes for Ryan Aldridge for tripping.

6:06pm

Nell goes through one-on-one and scores high past King's left shoulder, but the puck bounces straight out off the pipe at the back of the net and the officials rule out the goal! Nell is gobsmacked and protests extensively.

6:02pm

Peterborough are throwing everything at it.

6:01pm

Off the ice, Fojtik's arm is in a sling. Hence his absence tonight.

5:58pm

Skinns does really well under immense pressure. Good hustling.

5:57pm

Penalty killed.

5:56pm

Paul Swindlehurst gets two minutes for cross-checking.

5:54pm

Both teams back to full strength.

5:54pm

GOAL! Peterborough 0 Swindon 2, 7.42, PP

It's a virtual carbon copy of the first. Nell, moments earlier laughed at by the home supporters after losing his footing, has plenty of space and smashes a slapshot low into the corner. Bang.

5:50pm

Now Ondrej Lauko goes off for cross-checking. Four on three.

5:49pm

Tom Carlon and Shane Moore get in a bit of a bashing match with their sticks. Then there's very minor handbags. Both get two minutes for slashing.

5:47pm

Now Will Weldon hits the post! Very unlucky for the hosts.

5:46pm

Phantoms goal chalked off. Skinns dropped a shot and it was tapped in, but a prior infringement meant it did not count.

5:45pm

GOAL! Peterborough 0 Swindon 1, 3.28, PP

Moments after Skinns comes to the rescue for Cats  in saving from Ziedins, Aaron Nell sends a powerful low slapshot past King. He had plenty of time. Assists Henri Sandvik and Hoog.

5:41pm

Luke Ferrara gets two minutes for hooking. Cats powerplay.

5:40pm

Lewis Hook fires off the bar with a wristshot! Skinns didn't move.

5:39pm

Couple of smart saves from Skinns.

5:36pm

And we're off.

5:35pm

Refs tonight are Szucs and Thompson while linesmen are Fraley and Earl.

5:33pm

Goalies tonight are Dean Skinns for Swindon and Damien King for Peterborough.

5:32pm

The players are introduced to the crowd.

5:29pm

And the players are back on the ice.

5:25pm

Just a few minutes away from the players coming back on.

5:21pm

Lights off.

5:21pm

Peterborough might not be the most plush rink in the EPL, but speaking from a spectator's point of view, I'm not averse to it.

5:18pm

Out comes the Zamboni for a second crack at the rink.

5:17pm

Also missing for the Phantoms tonight are Alex Whyte and Luke Barber, in addition to Line and Sladok.

5:14pm

Players will be asked to clear the ice any second now.

5:12pm

5:12pm

Hooray! We have a prediction. And here it is...

5:11pm

Other interesting news regards Peterborough is that youngster Luke Ferrara has signed a two-way contract with Elite League Cardiff for the rest of the season.

5:04pm

Where are these predictions then? Come on, get 'em in!

5:04pm

Wildcats have faced Jon Kynaston's side five times this season, winning twice. The three matches they lost were by a single goal, a couple of them absolute crackers.

5:00pm

Swindon have 14 fit players tonight, as per last week's ill-fated trip to Telford.

4:56pm

After many weeks of waiting, Ollie Betteridge and Henri Sandvik have finally got their own shirts. Betteridge is 11 and Sandvik is 42.

4:54pm

And out come the players from both sides for the warm-up.

4:50pm

Injury-wise, the Phantoms are missing Jozef Sladok and forward Jamie Line.

4:47pm

Peterborough have announced today that Maris Ziedins is to retire at the end of the season. What a loyal servant he has been to the club over the last few years.

4:44pm

I'll get the ball rolling by saying there will only be a goal or two in it. And I'll go for Swindon to win. Why not?

4:43pm

Face-off here is at 5.30pm. Get your predictions in using #swindonwildcats on Twitter or in the comments section below. Go!

4:41pm

Not icing tonight are Floyd Taylor, Joe Baird, Tomas Fojtik, Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes. Fojtik is sacrificed at the expense of fellow import Jan Melichar, who no doubt is champing at the bit having missed Slough in midweek.

4:38pm

Welcome to Planet Ice Peterborough, where Swindon tonight take on the Phantoms in their only game of the weekend. That top half of the table is still very much within reach and the Wildcats could take a step towards that this evening.

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