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Monday, 30 November 2009
For sundays game Fone was the only scratch for the Phoenix, Summerfield now getting his first career start for the Phoenix.
First Period: All eyes were on Adam in net and hoping he could rise above his nerves and shine for the Phoenix, and, if the initial stages were anything to go by, the Phoenix would be in safe hands. Adam pulling off some fine saves with his glove hand, ad stopping most shots coming at him. With the defence helping Adam out in the net, it was down to the other Adam up front to get the scoring started. The first came just 63sec into the game with Tony and Ed combining with some exquisite passing to set Adam up unguarded on the back post. His second of the period would come at 11min's when James Neil would combine with Courtnay again to find Adam crashing the net to score. The Bison would get on the board after 14min 01sec through Steve Moria, proving that Tony isn't the only evergreen scorer in the league!
Second Period: With Adam performing very well between the pipes and the team helping out in front of the net the Phoenix looked to carry on the scoring in the second period. Courtnay would score the first of his second period hat trick after 23min 51sec shorthanded while the Phoenix had Joe Graham in the sin bin. Ed's second came on the power play after 30min 13sec assisted by Tony and Adam walker. The hat trick was complete at the 32min 20sec again assisted by Adam Walker. All three goals highlighting the big man's class. The Bison were able to halt the Phoenix goal machine and score one of their own, when Ciccarello advanced on young Adam and managed to force the puck through and into the net.
Third Period: After the first and second period's the third was a bit more quiet, the result more or less decided, it was down for pride now. The Bison scored next to make the scores 5-4 after 41min 08sec through Nicky Chinn. A little more pressure on the Phoenix net now as the Bison searched for the equalizer. The Phoenix scored next, with Jaakko Hagelberg tipping in a shot from the blue line at 44min 50sec. The Bison did pull Lawrence for the extra skater with a minute to go but the Phoenix held on for a deserved 6-4 victory.
Verdict: A 4 point weekend for the Phoenix and an assured performance from Adam in net. The big test will come next weekend when the Phoenix face off against MK Lightning. If Fone is not fit it will be the sternest test for the Phoenix and young Summerfield.
Attendance: A good crowd, not as big as last sunday v MK, but a decent 907 in the Dome!
Phoenix 6 - Basingstoke 4 - MEN Article
Saturday, 28 November 2009
First Quarter: Ole Miss quickly got on the board with a field goal from Shene from 45 yards with 12min 47sec to go. LSU QB Jefferson then threw an interception that was returned for 40 yards for a touchdown to Ole Miss. However the run was brought back due to an illegal block. After a blocked Ole Miss field goal Peterson picked up the ball on the Ole Miss 47 yard line and returned it for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead with 7min 52sec left. Ole Miss came back with another field goal, an eight play 62 yard drive to give Shene a 25 yard goal. Tigers advantage now cut to one point with 3min 37sec left. The back and forth nature of the quarter would continue as LSU would score the next points. An impressive drive that came after a 41 yard kickoff got LSU into Ole Miss territory. After two negative play's Jefferson took a big hit but connected with Randle for a 17 yard touchdown. With just 11se left in the quarter LSU lead 14-6.
Second Quarter: The teams then both traded field goals, Shene scoring from 33 yards and Jasper from 50 yards. With most of the quarter gone, LSU lead 17-9 with 2min 15sec to go. After an out of bounds penalty Ole Miss took over the ball on the LSU 47 yard line. After passes of 13 and 26 yards Ole Miss were on the LSU 8 yard line. Then on a third and goal Grady scored an end around. A missed two point conversion meant LSU still held the lead 15-15 by the half time whistle.
Third Quarter: No scoring in this quarter unfortunately.
Fourth Quarter: After swapping punts, Ole Miss advanced to the LSU 1 yard line to put them in a scoring position. Starting at the LSU 44 yard line, McCluster then took a handoff to go over from 27 yards out to give Ole Miss the lead 22-17 with 13min 33sec to go. Shene then added his fourth field goal of the game from 23 yards, after a 15 play 60 yard drive, this took 8min 26sec off the clock. So with 3min 42sec LSU trailed 25-17.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
First Quarter: The Gators wasted no time in getting the first points on the board, Brandon Spikes intercepted the ball and returned for 41 yards to score the first touchdown of the game, at the 13min 10sec mark. With this touchdown interception Spikes became the only player in the country to have 4 touchdown returns. The Gators then held FIU to a three and out, forcing them to punt on their own 16 yard line. The Gators then drove 84 yards down field in five plays, with Tebow running a career long 55yard touchdown. At 9min 18sec the Gators lead 14-0, with this touchdown Tebow is now the leading touchdown taker in the SEC.
Second Quarter: Rainey would score two touchdowns in the second quarter the cement the Gator lead. The first from a Tebow shovel pass that Rainey took for a 27 yard score. Then his second from a pitch by Tebow resulted in a 22 yard run. The first touchdown being the first for Rainey. Scores now 28-0 to UF. FIU then found their feet and drove the ball 47 yards, setting up a field goal attempt. On this occasion Rivest missed to the right and the scores remained unchanged. UF would score the last points of the first half with a three yard dash from Jeff Demps. This gave the Gators a 35 point lead, but FIU would not end the half with no score. Rivest would score a field goal from 37 yard with 29sec left in the half.
Third Quarter: The UF dominance did not let up in the second half, Tebow would connect with wide receiver Riley Cooper for an 18 yard touhdown pass, giving the Gators a 42-3 lead. With 13min 38sec left Brantley took over from Tebow at quarterback, and immediately led the Gators 73 yards down field for two scores. First he connected with Omarius Hines on a 20 yard touchdown pass with 4min 06sec to go. This ate up time on the clock and gave the Gators a 48-3 lead.
Fourth Quarter: Brantley's second score would come on a 16 yard touchdown pass to Justin Williams, his second recieving score of the season. With 11min 10 to go in the game the Gators lead 56-3. Brantley would connect again when he found Frankie Hammon on a career long 31 yard pass into the endzone, giving Hammond his first score in a Gators uniform. This score capped off a 12 play 83 yard drive. Scores now 62-3 with 2min 28sec left in the game.
Monday, 23 November 2009
First Period: The game kicked off in front of another healthy crowd at the dome and quickly got up to top speed. The break neck pace would not drop for the full 60 minutes. You could tell early on that this was a game between two top teams. Each side creating early chances but both teams finding the opposing goaltenders in top form! The deadlock was broken after 7min 36sec when Lachowicz was put through by Jaakko Hagelberg. The Ice Dome explodes! With such a tight game there were no further goals in the first period. But each defence and goaltender was being tested to the max!
Second Period: After such a fast paced first period, you would be forgiven for thinking the second would be a little flat. After a well needed interval both teams came out and kept the frenetic pace up. More end to end hockey and more superb stops from each nettie. This period also saw some strange reffing, with many non-calls, and fair bit of 'making calls even'. Very puzzling for those in the stands!
Third Period: It was all set up for a barn storming third period, the Phoenix up by one and both teams going right at it. After some top class saves from Hollyhead and Fone, it was the Phoenix who scored next! Jaakko Hagelberg getting on the scoresheet after 46min 26sec. This helped ease the minds of the Phoenix faithful...but not too much as MK could quite easily turn the game on its head. Throughout the game Payette and even Hagelberg had been looking after the younger Phoenix players and Fone in net by reminding various MK players that they did not appreciate what they were doing. So far no MK player had dropped the gloves, so imagine the surprise in the Dome when Ian Bowie and Grant McPherson dropped gloves centre ice and went at it. A fairly even scrap but Bowie just edged it! MK ratcheted up the tense atmosphere when Adam Carr was found on the back post and made the scores 2-1 at 55min 45sec to go. MK then upped the pressure but the Phoenix defence held firm, and with just 5sec on the clock, and on the third attempt Courtenay slotted in the empty net goal.
Verdict: Wow what a game, the newbies im the crowd will be hooked on hockey! That game was an amazing advert for EPL hockey, and would put many EIHL games to shame! More and more, and with this game indeed, I am sure Neil made the right move for the Phoenix. Both sets of supporters were treated to a great game! The Phoenix deserved the victory but the MK players skated off the ice their heads held high!
Attendance: I would say biggest of the season, 1,024 in the Dome!
Phoenix TV highlights:
Phew what a corker, I do hope the atmosphere from the game translates into the highlights above! It really was a cracker!
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
First Quarter: The Tigers would force LTech to punt on their first possession, this allowed the Tigers to put some points on the board. A nine play 47 yard drive would bring LSU to the LTech 35 yard line. Josh Jasper would tac on the field goal and give the Tigers a 3-0 lead with 9min 08sec left. LTech would hit right back when they pushed the ball to the LSU 13 yard line. Matt Nelson would score with his own 30 yard attempt, the game now tied 3-3 with 4min 23sec left in the quarter. LSU would end the quarter ahead, a 79 yard drive was capped by a 25 yard run by Williams and a 38 yard catch from LaFell, who dived over the endzone. LSU 10-3 ahead with 1min 55sec left.
Second Quarter: Each team traded punts, as no one was able to take control of the quarter in the initial stages. However with 4min 32sec left LTech would get on the board. LTech marched 43 yards in 11 plays down field to set up a 33 yard field goal by Nelson. The LSU lead cut to 10-6. LTech would take the lead after driving the ball close to the LSU endzone. On a fourth and 2 from the 1 yard line, Porter would take the snap and pass the ball to Morris for the touchdown. LTech's 13-10 halftime lead was the first time that had happened since 1904.
Third Quarter: Another couple of punt's traded until LSU took control. Starting at their own 41 yard line the Tigers would drive the ball all the way down field to LTech's 3 yard line. LaFell would then pass to Williams to score his first TD of the game. LSU were now ahead 17-13 with 6min 59sec left in the quarter. The teams then traded drives, but each one ended with a punt.
Fourth Quarter: LSU would seal the game half way through the final quarter, using the running game LSU would bring the ball to the 9 yard line through runs from Williams and Shepard. Williams, with the ball, would bounce of the left end and beat the defenders to the goal line. The extra point from Jasper would put LSU ahead 24-16 with 7min 01sec to go. LTech tried hard but were unable to get into a scoring position on their next possession. LTech would, however, advance the ball to the LSU 10 yard line, unable to complete they settle for a field goal. Nelson came onto the field to convert a 36 yard field goal to make the scores 24-16 with just 25sec to play. The win ensuring LSU are back to winning ways.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
First Quarter: The Gators got off the the perfect start, their defense holding the Gamecocks to a quick three and out on their first drive. Tim Tebow quickly connected with Cooper to score the first touchdown of the game. The 68 yard pass gave the Gators a 7-0 lead just 2min56sec into the game. This catch would equal Cooper's longest to date. With no time to relax the South Carolina offense responded straight away. Driving the ball 81 yards on 14 plays over 6min 31sec. Brian Maddox going over on a one yard rush to even the score, with just 5min51sec in the first stand. This would be the first time the Gators had conceded a touchdown in the first quarter all season. The last points of the quarter would be scored by the Gators, with 1min 18sec to go Sturgis connected with a 32 yard field goal. This capped an 11 play 61 yard drive.
Second Quarter: Another quick start for the Gators in the second quarter would see them go back into the lead. With 10min 28sec gone, Emmanuel Moody would score his first TD of the season. A 17 yard carry from a pass from Tebow would cap a 70 yard drive, and put the Gators ahead 17-7. The Gators defence would then force the first turnover of the game, but the offence would be unable to capitalise. After a missed field goal South Carolina would bring the ball 65 yards downfield on eight plays. Garcia would find Saunders in the back corner of the Gators endzone for a nine yard touchdown pass. With just over 2mins left in the half, scores were now 17-14 to the Gators.
Third Quarter: On the Gators first drive of the second half, they would drive the ball to USC's 37 yard line, and on a fourth down Sturgis would attempt the field goal. Sadly he was to miss for the second time in the game. Another Gator drive was halted when USC's defence came up big, after Brandon James had returned the punt for 49 yards the Gators were unable to score.
Fourth Quarter: USC would march 49 yards downfield on ten plays early in the fourth quarter, but the Gator defence held firm. This defence would turn to attack when Trattou collected an interception and return the ball from the Gator 21 yard line, the 53 yard return would set the Gators up to score. Tebow scored a one yard run by himself to make the scores 24-14 with 13min 25sec left in the game. Sturgis was unable to connect with the 29 yard field goal for his third miss of the game.
Monday, 16 November 2009
First Period: The way the Phantoms came at the Phoenix in the first place did not justify their league placing. The game was played at the usual high octane pace that has come to typify the EPL. Thankfully, and for the first time in ages, the Phoenix would end the period ahead. The first goal would come only 2min 01sec into the game. The lanky Ben Wood broke down the left wing, and found Ian Bowie who wrapped around the net very quickly and slotted the puck past Stephen Wall. More good news was to come for the Phoenix, with just 9min on the clock the lead was doubled. Excellent link play between the old masters, messers Hand and Courtney found Adam Walker free on the net to score.
Second Period: After such a good start it was important for the Phoenix not to throw the game now. As expected the Phantoms came out hard and pressed the Phoenix. Stephen Fone doing his best, and with the Phoenix D helping out the Phoenix managed to deal with most of the Phantom attack. That even includes some pretty hairy defending that had everyone on the edge of their seats!
Third Period: With the Phoenix a mere 20mins from a victory, they got off to the best possible start. At 46min 51sec Jakko Hagleberg finally got on the scoresheet. Jaakko scoring after doing everything put so far in the game! A massive celebration followed as it was clear Jaakko was quickly loosing his cool. Phoenix minds must have temporarily switched off as the Phantoms staged a 2min fightback, which had those in the stands biting their nails! The first, on the powerplay, came at 50min 27sec when Warren Tait, fired the puck right through Fone. Then further anxiety was to follow when the Phantoms would score again at 51min 48sec. With the Phantoms pressing, and spending most of the time in the Phoenix zone, an audible sigh of relief and a massive roar would accompany the Phoenix 4th goal of the night. At 58min 42sec Ed Courtney would ensure a Phoenix victory.
Verdict: A tough game for the Phoenix against the reigning champions, and bar a few tense moments the Phoenix delt with that threat. A big thanks must go out to the large Phantom support, they made lots of noise supporting their team!
Attendance: Helped by a large travelling contingent, probably the best crowd of the season. 975 in the Ice Dome!
Phoenix TV Highlights:
The following night, the Phoenix travelled to Sheffield for a tough game against the Scimitars. Despite falling behind the Phoenix would chalk up another 4 point weekend with a win.
Scimitars 2 - Phoenix 5 - MEN Article
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
First Quarter: Alabama would begin the game by winning the toss and deferring possession until the second half. LSU would receive the ball from the kick off. Both sides would struggle to gain the upper hand with both defences stopping each advance. With just 23sec left in the quarter LSU would begin, what was to become their first scoring drive.
Second Quarter: Continuing the early drive of the first quarter LSU would drive the ball 91 yards in 13 plays for Peterson to score the first TD of the game. With the extra point LSU lead 7-0 with 9min 12sec gone. Alabama would immediately strike back, with a 40 yard kickoff return, freshman running back Richardson would spark the drive with an 11 yard run to the LSY 34 yard line. With two missed plays into the endzone Alabama would settle for a 28 yard field goal from Leigh Tiffin. With 5min 52sec to go LSU lead 7-3.
Third Quarter: Alabama would signal their intentions during the opening drive of the second half. An 81 yard, 8 play drive would result in a 21 yard touchdown pass from McElroy to Hanks. With 11min 40sec Alabama had taken the lead 10-7. LSU hit back with some pressure and forced Alabama defensive tackle Drake Nevis to xall a safety on a third and 9. An intentional grounding call on McElroy would give LSU some points. 5min 55sec to go in the quarter and the scores were now 10-9 in favour of Alabama. The next LSU drive would result in a score, an offside penalty on Alabam brought LSU to the Alabama 8 yard line. Ridley, who replaced Scott took a handoff from Lee who found a hole and bounced through for the score. An attempted two point conversion was missed, but LSU had now taken the lead 15-10 with 3min 19sec left in the third.
Fourth Quarter: Alabama would hit right back, Ingram would carry the ball on two runs of 23 and 10 yards to the LSU 20 yard line. A further advance to the LSU 2 yard line but were stopped in their tracks. Alabama would have to settle for a 20 yard field goal, deficit now narrowed to 15-13 with 12min 35sec in the game. Alabama would grab the lead on the next offensive play. Jones caught a short pass from McElroy who then rushed for 73 yards for a touchdown. Richardson would successfully score the two point conversion which would give the Tide a 21-15 lead with 10min 24sec to play. LSU were unable to score on their next two possessions and this would haunt the Tigers. Alabama would seal the game with a 40 yard field goal by Tiffin, final scores 24-15.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
First Quarter: A slow start in The Swap saw both teams exchanging punts, however it would be the Gators who would score first. With one minute left in the quarter Caleb Sturgis would score a 27 yard fieldgoal. The field goal came after a 13 olay 75 yard drive that included a 14 yard reception from David Nelson, and a 21 yard catch by Hernandez. Scores 3-0 to the Gators after the first quarter.
Second Quarter: The Gators defence would turn to attack when Ryan Stamper would pick off a Mackenzi pass and return the ball 18 yards to set up a 25 yard Jeff Demps touchdown. With the extra score the Gators were now up 10-0. The Gators defence continued to hold firm and with 6min 08sec to go Sturgis would again find the uprights on a 45 yard effort.
Third Quarter: Vanderbuilt ensured it was not a whitewash when Ryan Fowler scored a 32 yard field goal. This was the result of some great defence forcing the Gators to thee and out on its first possession. This reduced the margin to 13-3 Gators. The Gators extended their lead with 1min 52 left in the quarter. The Gators marched down the field on a 64 yard 11 play drive. Tebow would then rush for one yard and score the 52nd TD of his career.
Fourth Quarter: The Gators would score again through a Vanderbuilt error. Punter Brett Upson would take a knee after receiving the snap on their own 13 yard line, this would result in a 14 yard loss and a turnover of possession. Tebow would then launch an 8 yard pass to Nelson which extended the Gator lead to 27-3.
Monday, 9 November 2009
First Period: For the first 10 minutes the game was pretty even, both sides working hard but not many clear cut chances. The Bees then shocked the Phoenix by taking control, the first goal coming at 9min 47sec for Jaroslav Cesky. The Phoenix continued to struggle and the Bison extended their lead after 13min 49sec through Michal Pinic. Worrying times for the Phoenix, while they had restricted the chances for the Bees, the Bees had at least taken them. The Phoenix had yet to make any clear cut opportunities.
Second Period: What ever Tony Hand said in the interval worked, it took just 1min 10sec of the period for the Phoenix to get on the board. Ed Courtney scoring for the Phoenix with the assist to Tony Hand. Phoenix' second of the night summed up the frustration that is Ed Courtney, a sublime pass cross ice found Ian Bowie on the back post to even the scores. Now 2-2 after 23min 21sec. The Phoenix mini-revolution would be short lived as the Bees would get the next goal. Ryan Watt scoring the Bees third at 23min 35sec. Ed Courtney would level the scores once again at 28min 50sec.
Third Period: With some questionable refereeing this game really could go any team's way at the beginning of the third. By no the Phoenix had the bit between their teeth, and perhaps the extra quality on the Phoenix bench began to shine through. The final 20 minutes would see the Phoenix score 5 goals to take the game away from the Bees. The first would be the Phoenix third powerplay goal of the game. Ian Bowie netting his second of the game at 43min 04sec. Bowie would go on and get his hatrick at 44min 44sec. With the Bees goalie visibly shaken, and with the Phoenix support unsettling him the Phoenix really took control. Phoenix 6th goal would come at 45min 47sec through Robert Lachowicz. James Neil would be next to get on the score sheet, his goal coming at 47min 34sec. Lachowicz would pop up and get his second and the Phoenix last of the game at 52min 02sec. With the scores now 8-3 to the Phoenix, Adam Summerfield would get a valuable 8 minutes of ice time. The Bees also taking the opportunity to send their back up nettie out on the ice.
Verdict: After the first period you did start to worry whether the Bees would cause an upset at the Ice Dome. But an improved second period and a stunning third underlined the quality in the Phoenix locker room.
Attendance: A combination of a saturday night game and bonfire night affected crowd numbers. I'll guess at around 850 in the Ice Dome.
After the battling back from the first period and getting the win, the Phoenix traveled to Milton Keynes for a top of the table clash. It would turn out to be a close game, but the Phoenix skated away with a 3-2 victory and a place at the top of the table. So a great weekend for the Phoenix!!
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
First Quarter: LSU subjected Tulane to some early pressure and the first touchdown came by way of a blocked punt by Tulane. The punt was blocked on the Tulane 28 yard line and Stefoin Francois recovered the ball at the 23 yard line. Two plays later and Shepard scored a 19 yard touchdown. The pressure continued and with 2min 32sec left in the quarter LSU were to score again. After a Tulane punt Scott got LSU to the 39 yard line with runs of 9 and 15 yards. On a third and ten Jefferson found LaFell in the endzone to give LSU a lead of 14-0 in the first quarter.
Second Quarter: The teams traded punts and possession until the Tigers took the ball at their own 26 yard line. The team drove the ball to the 18 yard line, and after a 14 yard pass to Rueben Randle, Scott then powered over from the 4 yard line, for a 21-0 lead for LSU.
Third Quarter: Following a 50 yard punt, Holliday return the ball to the Tulane 20 yard line, and Scott would run three times, culminating in an 8 yard touchdown run. Scores now 28-0 in favour of LSU.
This is great news, and news that will hopefully see the return of the Tigers to the EPL for 2010/2011!
Pop along to www.telfordtigers.co.uk and have a look! Email then too, show your support!
-- Posted from my iPhone
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
First Quarter: Georgia began the game by winning the toss, but differing possession to the second half. This allowed the Gators, with possession, to march down the field to take an early lead. Tebow completed a 22yard pass to Riley Cooper to score. This touchdown marked the second time this season the Gators had scored from the opening drive. With just 3min 20sec left the Cooper/Tebow combo scored again. The score followed a forced punt from Georgia and capped off an 11 play drive, with a 29yard touchdown pass. The first quarter finished with the Gators ahead 14-0.
Second Quarter: The Bulldogs scored on their first possession of the quarter when kicker Blair Walsh scored a 49 yard field goal, to narrow the scores to 14-3. More points for the Bulldogs followed when Georgia forced Florida to punt on their next drive. Cox then completed a 26yard pass to Aron White, scores now 14-10. On a tight third and 16 Aaron Hernandez would rush for 17 yards. This would set up Caleb Sturgis to score a 56 yard field goal. This score being the second longest field goal in Gator history. The Gators took advantage of another punt from Georgia, Tebow then passed for 23 yards to Brandon James who scored. This made the scores 24-10.
Third Quarter: The Gators would intercept the ball at the start of the third quarter. Jones would then set up Tim Tebow for another rushing touchdown. The Gators lead 31-10 with 13min 30sec on the clock. The Bulldogs would reply quickly with another score, driving 79 yards downfield on14 plays. Cox would pass for four yards to Michael Moore, scores not 31-17 with the extra point.
Fourth Quarter: The teams traded possession early in the fourth quarter with the Gators defence forcing two turnovers. It was after one of these turnovers that the Gators would score. Sturgis completed a 44yard field goal to put the Gators ahead 34-17. With the Bulldogs deep in their own endzone a Logan Gray pass was intercepted by Spikes and taken for a five yard touchdown rush. This brought the finals scores to 41-17 to the Gators.
Since then Tigers fans have been left in a state of limbo as to the future of the team.
Tonight, along with representatives from ShrewsTRUST/AFC Telford United and Co-operatives West Midlands, there is to be a meeting at Telford Ice Rink about running the club as a Supporters Trust.
I strongly urge anyone who can to attend, but those who can't please email your support to:
Or go to: www.telfordtigers.co.uk
It would be great yo see the Tigera return to hockey for next season!
-- Posted from my iPhone
Monday, 2 November 2009
First Period: All memories of that performance were dismissed in the first 10 minutes. The Phoenix came out and controlled the game. Pressing Swindon hard and creating a fair few chances. It was no surprise that the Phoenix would light the goal lamp first! After 5min 47sec Adam Walker got the first with the assist going to Tony Hand. After the first 10 minutes something switched off in the Phoenix camp. Worryingly the performance reverted to match the previous sunday's effort against Slough. During the last 10mins of the period Swindon exposed the Phoenix mistakes. The home crowd were stunned into silence whe, in the space of 1min the Wildcats took the lead. Both goals the result of some pretty sloppy Phoenix defending. The first fell to Aaron Nell after 12min 12sec when the Phoenix D failed to clear a routine rebound. Worse was to follow, at 13min 16sec Raimonds Danilics fought with Luke Boothroyd in front of the net and forced a backhand high above Fone's left shoulder.
Second Period: Every Phoenix fan's thoughts would now turn to which team would appear for the second period! Thankfully the Phoenix came out fighting, they began to get the basics right which then enabled them to mount the pressure. As it would turn out the Phoenix won this game in the second period! In a 4 minute period the Phoenix would score 5 unanswered goals in the space of 6 minutes. First up, Ian Bowie scored at 24min 22sec, with both teams subject to a powerplay Bowie got on the board. Next, Swindon allowed Tony Hand to get in on Woolhouse with the great one lifting the puck over Geoff with the back hand, timed 25min 10sec. Ian Bowie got his second of the night after 26min 24sec, I think it was after this goal that Swindon called a time out to regroup. It didn't seem to do much as the Phoenix scored again at 28min 13sec when Tony Hand found Andre Mattsson directly from the blue line, for the big Sweede to rifle home an awesome shot. The only downer on the period came after 29min 56sec, the Phoenix were on the penalty kill when they allowed Jozef Kohut to skate in on Steven Fone and score. Steven would not be happy with that one, allowing Kohut to score through the five-hole. With the game effectivly won, the main threat to the Phoenix would be complacency, the Phoenix would have the last laugh in the period, when Ed Courtney got in on the act scoring at 30min 38sec.
Third Period: The main worry for the Phoenix in the third was complacency, however Swindon came out and evidently didn't have the will to fight in the third. Nothing much happened in the final 20 mins except for Adam Summerfield getting a good 4mins at the end of the game to stretch his legs.
Verdict: A big game for the Phoenix, to try and banish thoughts of last sunday's game against the Jets. Also important to regain some points on the teams around them in the league. Barring the last 10mins of the first period, this was a good performance from the team.
Attendance: Slightly larger crowd than against Slough, ill say 950 in.
Phoenix TV Highlights:
Phoenix 6 - Swindon 3 - MEN Article