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Postby exussum » 23 Jul 2012, 20:14

Playing the Vipers with only 10 skaters was always going to be an uphill battle for the Phantoms, however, the 2 lines (plus 2 goalies) went into the game with the commitment and attitude that should have brought a much closer scoreline.

The first period was a closely fought battle of end to end hockey with both teams showing some nice touches and having some good opportunties. Jamie Scarrett kept the Phantoms in the game with a number of top notch saves and the same has to be said for the Vipers goalie who denied the Phantoms forwards the breakthrough goal. The period should have ended all square but the Vipers snagged the vital first goal in the dying seconds of the period through a bobbling deflection that trickled over the line.

The Vipers came out fighting in the second period and had obviously had an awakening from the strong Phantoms in the first. The Vipers appeared to have re-shuffled the lines for the second and paired the stronger players together and they soon started to show there superiority and quickly capitalised on the goal from the first period and notched another 4 before the period ended. The Phantoms played well throughout and looked a much stronger team than previous performances with lots of shots on goal and some good breakout play. Both lines managed to get beyond the Vipers D on a couple of occasions and for some sharper finishing the game would have been much closer come the end of the second. Macsen replaced Jamie halfway throught the period and immediately denyed the Vipers a 2 on 0 breakaway.

The third was very much the same as the second. The Phantoms played well and fought for every puck, continued to forecheck and backcheck hard and forced numerous opportunities to score. That breakthrough didn't come and the Phantoms looked like being shut out for the first time in ages. The Vipers capitalised on some tired Phantoms legs and put 4 more in to bring the score to 9-0 with only seconds remaining. The Phantoms however, determined to score, showed the grit and determination to get that goal and deny the Vipers goalie the shut-out he probably deserved. That goal came with a matter of seconds remaining with Malcolm Singleton picking up the scraps and forcing the puck home assisted by Colin Edwards and Dan Schofield.

With only 10 outfield skaters the Phantoms played well with the 9-1 scoreline flattering the home team. A few lucky bounces and sharper shooting from the Phantoms would have seen a much closer scoreline. Colin Edwards displayed his sharp shooting skills on the drive home. He picked his spot perfectly and executed the shot to perfection as he launched a banana skin onto the windscreen of Phil Bides car who was sat behind us at the traffic lights.

Match report by Dan Schofield.

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