Phoenix down to second

Manchester Phoenix

MANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix slipped to second place in the English Premier League following a ‘split’ weekend.

Frantisek Bakrlik scored the vital goal in a scratchy 3-2 win over Swindon on Saturday but that was tempered by a 4-2 loss in Guildford last night.

Phoenix were tied one apiece at the end of the first in Surrey on Sunday but three goals in the third period handed the Flames a deserved win.

Former Manchester star Marcus Kristoffersson scored twice send the champions top of the table.

But Tony Hand will be left ruing seven missed powerplay opportunities.

Saturday night’s win came after Swindon had gone two up inside the first 91 seconds.

Jonas Hoog took a pass from Shane Moore and fired past Stephen Fone for the first before Alex Symonds grabbed the second.

Michal Psurny pulled one back in the seventh minute but Phoenix had to wait until the half hour mark to draw level.

This time James Archer reacted first to a loose puck to tip home his eighth of the season.

The game continued to be end to end but Manchester eventually found the winner to break the Wildcats’ hearts.

And it was a little stuffy too; Robin Kovar using his football skills to kick the puck towards the goal and it going off Bakrlikā€™s skate into Stevie Lyle’s net.

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