Captain tames Wildcats in OT

MANCHESTER, UK – LUKE Boothroyd fired a dramatic overtime winner as Manchester Phoenix beat Swindon Wildcats 5-4. He took a superb Tony Hand pass to lift the puck under Dean Skinns’ crossbar and keep his side joint top of the English Premier League. Phoenix had dominated more for than 35 minutes and deservedly led 4-0 as a result. Swindon were depleted and Manchester made light work of their rearguard performance. Ondrej Pozivil smashed home in the second minute before Hand combined with James Archer for Michal Psurny to clock their second two minutes later. And on 11 minutes Ciaran Long sent a crisp shot off the post. Manchester tallied their fourth through Tom Duggan in the second period but when Michal Kapicka pulled one back after the half hour mark the Wildcats sniffed blood. Phoenix netminder Stephen Fone had taken in injury in Saturday night’s win in Milton Keynes and seemed to be struggling as the game went on. Chris Jones pulled the Wildcats to within two with a shot Fone would want back and in the 39th minute it was game on as Kapicka picked off Boothroyd’s wayward pass. Phoenix had chances in the third and they were made to pay when Kapicka scored his hat-trick. But after killing a penalty with less than 11 seconds left in regulation Manchester stepped up a gear and captain Boothroyd did the rest.   On Saturday, Archer and Psurny continued their strong start to the season in a 4-1 win at Milton Keynes. They both scored braces as Phoenix avenged an 8-2 loss last time the two sides met. Psurny tallied after just 85 seconds and just over a minute later Archer doubled the lead. Leigh Jamieson replied for the Lightning but Archer’s second in the second period and a late empty netter in the third from Psurny gave Manchester a much-needed victory. To conta ct the author e mail: Mike.Appleton@prohockeynews.com

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