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- 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
@swindonwildcats well done lads, great win, have a safe journey home— @hegwighawks 17 February 2013
Look out for a full report and reaction in the Adver tomorrow.
Man of the match for Swindon is Dean Skinns.
That's it. Great road win. Well-deserved. Swindon were much better in the third period.
GOAL! Peterborough 2 Wildcats 5, 55.29
That wraps it up for sure. Betteridge tucks away from Hoog's pass. Game over.
I'm loathe to say Peterborough look beaten, but they do.
Swindon have six minutes to hold on.
Skinns really has played out of his, er, skin, in this game.
That goal, incidentally, was Whitfield's first for the Wildcats.
Nell misses a couple of one-on-ones with King. Maybe they should stick Stevie up there?
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?
Swindlehurst gets 2+2 for slashing and roughing.
Ziedins flashes an effort just past the post.
Phantoms back to full strength.
Correction on the second goal. It was Ziedins that scored, not Jeff Glowa.
Carlon off for holding.
Skinns temporarily pulled.
The third period is underway.
Both sets of teams are back out on the ice.
Swindon really have to tighten up at the back for period three, otherwise we're looking at overtime, or worse.
Could do with a few less penalties in period three.
Shots on goal for period two were 18 for Phantoms and seven for Swindon. Hosts have had 36 in total to Swindon's 19.
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!
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.
Hoog denied by King. Very good chance.
Somehow we're back to a five-on-five.
Two minutes for Moore for slashing. Carlon also gets two minutes.
Carlon and Moore have a bit of a mini punch-up. That one's been coming for a while.
Swindlehurst off for hooking. He's fuming.
James Ferrara drops the gloves, but, er, no one else does.
Sandvik gets 2+10 for checking from behind. Pick gets two minutes for roughing.
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.
GOAL! Peterborough 1 Swindon 3, 26.31
Lauko pulls one back from Lewis Hook's pass and the Phantoms have renewed impetus.
Not for long...
It's undeniable that Swindon are fortunate to be 3-0 up, but 3-0 up they are.
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.
Cats back to full strength.
Period two underway.
About a minute until the players are back out.
It's always a great game to watch when Swindon meet Peterborough at Planet Ice this season. No idea why.
Shots on goal in the first period were 18 by Peterborough and 12 by Swindon.
Hoog has two seconds of his penalty left to serve, but to all intents and purposes, it's penalty killed.
And that's the end of the first period. Absolutely great stuff.
Lauko shoves over Swindlehurst. There is a bit of an atmosphere brewing here. This game has an edge.
Skinns has been superb this period.
Cats just one man down now.
Hoog off for slashing. Five on three.
Two minutes for Ryan Aldridge for tripping.
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.
Peterborough are throwing everything at it.
Off the ice, Fojtik's arm is in a sling. Hence his absence tonight.
Skinns does really well under immense pressure. Good hustling.
Paul Swindlehurst gets two minutes for cross-checking.
Both teams back to full strength.
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.
Now Ondrej Lauko goes off for cross-checking. Four on three.
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.
Now Will Weldon hits the post! Very unlucky for the hosts.
Phantoms goal chalked off. Skinns dropped a shot and it was tapped in, but a prior infringement meant it did not count.
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.
Luke Ferrara gets two minutes for hooking. Cats powerplay.
Lewis Hook fires off the bar with a wristshot! Skinns didn't move.
Couple of smart saves from Skinns.
And we're off.
Refs tonight are Szucs and Thompson while linesmen are Fraley and Earl.
Goalies tonight are Dean Skinns for Swindon and Damien King for Peterborough.
The players are introduced to the crowd.
And the players are back on the ice.
Just a few minutes away from the players coming back on.
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.
Out comes the Zamboni for a second crack at the rink.
Also missing for the Phantoms tonight are Alex Whyte and Luke Barber, in addition to Line and Sladok.
Players will be asked to clear the ice any second now.
Phantoms 2 - 4 Wildcats #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 17 February 2013
Hooray! We have a prediction. And here it is...
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.
Where are these predictions then? Come on, get 'em in!
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.
Swindon have 14 fit players tonight, as per last week's ill-fated trip to Telford.
After many weeks of waiting, Ollie Betteridge and Henri Sandvik have finally got their own shirts. Betteridge is 11 and Sandvik is 42.
And out come the players from both sides for the warm-up.
Injury-wise, the Phantoms are missing Jozef Sladok and forward Jamie Line.
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.
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?
Face-off here is at 5.30pm. Get your predictions in using #swindonwildcats on Twitter or in the comments section below. Go!
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.
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.