Phoenix record double win

MANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix twice came back from the brink to snatch wins last weekend. They edged Peterborough Phantoms on penalty shots on S unday to back up a Tony Hand inspired last gasp victory over Slough a day earlier. Phoenix led 2-1 in Peterborough only for the home side to cancel out Michal Psurny and Derek Campbell’s markers with a goal eight seconds from time. But after a barren overtime period Bari McKenzie and Psurny slotted their penalty shots to hand Manchester their third win in four days. Saturday night’s 4-3 win in Slough was even more dramatic as Phoenix overturned a 3-0 deficit. With just 67 seconds left player-coach Tony Hand received the puck just inside his own blueline and smashed it goalwards. Such was the unerring accuracy and power of his shot it beat Gregg Rockmann under the crossbar. Before then Darius Pliskauskas and Frantisek Bakrlik gave the home side a comfortable lead at the end of the first period. And when Pliskauskas netted his second after the half hour mark it looked game over. But the breakthrough came on 37.25 with Tom Duggan scoring from James Archer. Captain Luke Boothroyd added his sixth of the season in the third period and then Campbell hit Ondrej Pozivil for his fifth of the year – and the leveller – before Hand’s later intervention. Second-placed Phoenix are now five points behind Basingstoke and are next up at home to Telford Tigers on Thursday (7.30pm). To contact the author email: Mike.Appleton@prohockeynews.com

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