Second away game of the weekend for the Hercules Ice Hockey Apparel Solway Sharks with a visit to Planet Ice Peterborough to take on the Phantoms.
First period deadlocked with both teams struggling to convert chances until Phantoms
Circenis had the first real attempt of the game on a breakaway, saved by Hepburn. The
Sharks found themselves on the back foot with a penalty to kill, despite a decent shot
attempt by Circenis, the Sharks returned to full strength with a successful PK.
The Phantoms continued their attack with Padelek going for a backhand into goal, with
Speirs following quickly with another shot, both denied by Hepburn.
The Sharks faced another penalty kill as Alderson took a seat, but the team didn’t let up and continued to battle. Sharks found themselves with a breakaway shot, a chance which
couldn’t be converted.
Second period started with 1:27 remaining on the penalty kill. Hepburn faced an early shot
on goal by Ferrara, but the Sharks pulled off another penalty kill.
After 27 minutes of play, the Phantoms break the stalemate. Opening goal scored on the
powerplay with Sladovsky dangling it past defence to hit the back of the net.
Shark’s fans wouldn’t need to wait long for the call to be answered as Phantom’s Bowering
lost the puck on to Dunbar on the blue line, passing to Gardiner who struck the puck through the 5-hole for the Sharks to draw level.
An unfortunate hit on Buglass by Peacock results in a 5-minute major penalty – The Sharks
had their work cut out for them.A tight defensive formation kept the Phantoms attacks at bay, until they eventually broke through with a shot tipped in by Padelek. Phantoms still on power play, it would be less than a minute before the Sharks conceded a 3rd goal.
Into the final period of the game and the Sharks come out swinging. A sensational top shelf
goal by Dunbar brings this back to a one goal game. Hepburn continues his form with
another save from a shot by Bowering. 10 minutes left to play as Sharks get their first power play with a call on Speirs. With one goal in it Sharks try to make the most of the upper hand, but Phantoms hold on.
The Sharks are throwing everything at this game, including Stenton, as he throws himself in front of the goal to force Phantoms to pass instead of shoot. Alderson would get this chance with an attempt on goal with a top corner shot, but Marr kept the puck out the net.
Phantom’s score a 4th as Ferrara receives a pass from Gretton and skates in from the wing
Sharks pull Hepburn to the bench for an extra skater and Dunbar scores his second of the
game with 40 seconds left to go, bringing it back to a one goal game.
Within 16 seconds Phantoms answer back with their 5th goal, as Circenis finds a way
through to seal their win. Game ends Phantoms 5-3 Sharks.
The Sharks return to the Dumfries Ice Bowl on Wednesday December 27th at 7:30pm,
(doors opening at 6pm), as they take on the Hull Seahawks! We expect this festive fixture to be busy, so be sure to get your tickets early, by purchasing either online or at the Ice Bowl