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- Manchester 6-3 Swindon
- Injury-hit Swindon lose to Tony Hand's high-flyers
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Good effort by the Wildcats extremely short benched but stayed with them #swindonwildcats— @Dunster43 24 February 2013
Look out for a full report and reaction in the Adver tomorrow...
That's it. Well deserved for the hosts.
GOAL! Manchester 6 Swindon 3, 58.06
With Cats frantically trying to get one back, Manchester break and the puck is squared to Psurny, who taps into the empty net,
Time out Phoenix. Three minutes left.
GOAL! Manchester 5 Swindon 3, 55.36
Psurny finds Flaten in the slot and he slams past Murdy. Game over.
GOAL! Manchester 4 Swindon 3, 52.18
Flaten steams in on goal and fires a wristshot over Murdy's left shoulder. Very nicely taken. Is that the winner?
Melichar off for two minutes.
GOAL! Manchester 3 Swindon 3, 44.57 PP
They have been comprehensively outshot, but Swindon are level. Perkkio whacks in a slapshot from a narrow angle. Great stuff.
Two minutes for Schnabel.
Two minutes for Fojtik.
Period three is underway.
That's the end of the second period.
Just under a minute left of the second period.
Cats have certainly grown into this game. They were nowhere in the first period but this is much better. The hosts giving away a few penalties has helped.
Come on guys, the current score is making me nervous :( @SwindonWildcats— @rebeccabrace1D 24 February 2013
GOAL! Manchester 3 Swindon 2, 34.52, PP
Maybe it is game on after all. I'm not sure how, but Nell battled away to jam the puck into the net despite Jaszczyk seemingly having his body behind it.
Ben Wood off for interference.
Bit of Boris Becker-style last-ditch diving from Melichar to prevent a goal there!
Phoenix kill the penalty.
Nightmare without Sandvik he is a class act does everything well! We would take a standard loss in overtime tonight ;) #swindonwildcats— @Ashbyrobins 24 February 2013
Tom Duggan nearly applies the sucker punch on the break. Murdy survives.
Cats powerplay starts now.
Still four on four, with a Cats powerplay imminent. Neil off for Phoenix.
Both Robert Schnabel and Perkkio are in the bin.
GOAL! Manchester 3 Swindon 1, 26.31
Unassisted goal from James Neil. Perkkio crashes against the post just moments later for the visitors and suddenly this game has come to life.
GOAL! Manchester 2 Swindon 1, 25.52
Out of nowhere makeshift forward Paul Swindlehurst pulls one back from Joe Baird. Game on again.
GOAL! Manchester 2 Swindon 0, 25.23, PP
Michal Psurny drives towards the near post and seems to melt through Shane Moore before forcing past Murdy.
Now it's a five on four.
Now Jan Melichar is off for two minutes for slashing. Temporarily a five on three.
Two minutes for Matias Perkkio. Stating the obvious, but the visitors are giving away far too many penalties here. Manchester have given away none, the paragons of virtue that they are.
Just to put this into perspective, shots on goal in the first period were 19 for Manchester and three for Swindon.
Ryan Aldridge gets two minutes.
Period two is go.
The players are back out.
That's the end of the first period.
GOAL! Manchester 1 Swindon 0, 15.28
Hand is given far too much room as he skates towards the net and his wristshot zips into the top-right corner.
It's starting to look like a game that badly needs a goal.
Pretty much all Manchester so far.
Penalty killed. Good interception by Jan Melichar there.
Joachim Flaten bangs the puck against the boards. Not far off.
Aaron Nell off for high-sticks.
Jaszczyk temporarily pulled but back out now.
Murdy plenty busy enough so far.
Phoenix blow a two-on-one and it was Liam Chong that fluffed his lines.
Phoenix powerplay. Stevie Whitfield off for two minutes.
And we're away.
In goal for Cats tonight is Tom Murdy. Jaszscyk in goal for the Phoenix.
Now the intros.
@nedpayne1 @SwinWildcats Good luck to a very shorthanded Cats team tonight.— @BobRadford1 24 February 2013
Here come the players.
Lights off at Altrincham Ice Dome.
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It's been confirmed that Fojtik is icing for Swindon tonight.
Zamboni is out.
A young gent was out on the ice wearing Fone's shirt, but I'm reliably informed it's Andrew Jaszscyk, who played against Slough yesterday evening.
The players have just about completed their warm-ups and have been asked to clear the ice.
Manchester are of course without number one goalie Steve Fone but Tony Hand ices after missing the 6-2 win at Slough last night.
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Swindon will draw level on points with fifth-placed Slough if they win against Manchester tonight and the Jets lose at Guildford. However, Wildcats would remain in sixth place due to their inferior head to head record.
Also missing tonight are Loris Taylor, Floyd Taylor, Lee Richardson and Jamie Hayes. Tomas Fojtik is dressed and it appears as if he will play despite missing the 5-4 win over the Tigers last night with what I understand is an elbow problem.
The Wildcats injury problems worsened over yesterday when Henri Sandvik came off with a wrist injury against Telford. It's not broken but looks set to keep him out for a couple of weeks.
Welcome to Altrincham Ice Dome where tonigth Swindon face Manchester as they bid to assure themselves of a place in the EPL play-offs.