Phoenix bag full house


MANCHESTER Phoenix secured their first four-point weekend since January as they recorded comprehensive wins over Slough Jets and Swindon Wildcats.

James Archer grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday’s 6-2 victory at the Jets with Joachim Flaten and Michal Psurny grabbing a brace each in Sunday night’s 6-3 decision over Swindon.

Phoenix were scratchy at times against the Wildcats but did just enough to earn the win and give netminder Andrew Jaszczyk his second victory in as many nights.

Deputising for number one netminder Stephen Fone – and ahead of natural back-up choice Jorge El Hage – the 23-year-old turned aside 21 shots.

Tony Hand put his side one up in the 15th minute before Michal Psurny doubled the advantage ten minutes later.

Paul Swindlehurst swooped on a rebound to pull the Wildcats to within one but an own goal from Tomas Fojtik restored the two-goal lead.

Both sides exchanged powerplay opportunities as tiredness began to show and Aaron Nell capitalised to make it a one goal match.

But Phoenix were always the better side and even though Matias Perkkio levelled it up after 45 minutes, Flaten’s double and an empty netter from Psurny gave them a much deserved two points.

It backed up a superb 6-2 win down in Slough the night before.

Hand sat out the match but watched his charges dominate from the off.

Phoenix made a bright start and took the lead through Liam Chong before Richard Bentham pounced on a howler to make it 2-0.

Mindy Kieras replied but two quick goals by Archer in the first four minutes of the third period all but saw off the challenge.

Darius Pliskauskas made it 4-2 but Tom Duggan deked Greg Rockman for 5-2.

And Archer duly hit is third to end the Jets’ hopes.

Phoenix will now regroup and get ready for their EPL Cup Semi Final at home to Guildford next Saturday.

They will have to overturn a two-goal deficit to get through.

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