Phantoms cut a hole in the Seagulls Wyre fence.

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Phantoms cut a hole in the Seagulls Wyre fence.

Postby dheatonrue » 20 Aug 2012, 18:22

A good game against a fast improving Seagulls side especially in defence.

Phantoms traded goals in the first period with Ryan Clark getting 2 after the Seagulls took the lead early on. The line of Clarke , Flook and Kirkham were doing especially well creating effective triangles around the net.

The defence played well in front of Lee Scarratt all game and limited the visitors to just a handful of shots most of which where covered up without drama.

The seagulls managed a good defence of their house in this game with the Phantoms having to work hard to gain good position in front of goal and were rarely let in to play without the attention of a defenders nudge, stick lift or tap and the like, though rarely anything more than that. Tom Court took a coincidental penalty for roughing though, so the game was being well fought.

The Phantoms really started to take offensive control in the second period with all the lines keeping the Seagulls pinned down in the defensive third for large parts of the period with a much improved display of recycling the puck. Thanks due to an excellent display between the pipes however the Phantoms could not make then pressure tell and the period finished with no further score. Into the ice cut then, level at 2-2.

In the third period the Phantoms pressure started to pay off after a change of tactic to start to shoot on the keeper high and from further out. Phil Hand was first up as the D started firing from the blue line and pressing the net. Tom Court produced a lovely skating move to finish high above the keepers glove hand to really turn the screw, this together with a fine effort in double shifting lines 2/3 of the time earned him a well deserved MVP award.

5 minutes later the Seagulls finally collapsed, first with a good goal from Kittens who does not get out much so it was good to see him score. Then Lucy Kirkham made it 6 less than a minute later with her first goal for the club, grinning from ear to ear.

The Seagulls got their, and scorer Christian Matthews, third with 2 mins left on the clock but it was little more than a consolation at that stage as Bryan Adams was already tuning up his guitar and de-tuning his voice for the celebrations to begin.
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