Phoenix record on line

Manchester PhoenixMANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix will put their unbeaten record on the line this weekend when they take on Milton Keynes Lightning and Slough Jets.

Tony Hand’s side has scored 38 goals and conceded just seven in six matches to sit top of the English Premier League.

Netminder Stephen Fone is in superb form too with a save percentage of over 96 per cent whilst forward Frantisek Bakrlik has fired home 11 goals.

Phoenix travel to Milton Keynes for the first time this season on Saturday at 7.30pm.

The Lightning have won two from four so far in a season that sees them playing in an unfamiliar venue.

Their home rink has closed so they are travelling the short distance to Coventry’s Skydome Arena – scene of Phoenix playoff final win back in April.

And they’ve beaten Champions Guildford then Bracknell Bees, but were brought back down to earth last weekend by Basingstoke.

Sunday’s match up with Slough (5.30pm) will be the third time the sides have met this season.

But Manchester have won both matches so the tie holds no fear.

Fone, who picked up two shutouts last weekend, said: “The whole team has been playing well and that has made my job easier. We have pulled together but we want to keep on proving to people that we are the top team in the league.

“You have to go into games expecting each one to be hard. If you don’t you will struggle. You will come up against more physical teams and more skilful teams – that is all part and parcel of the League – so we have to perform against all teams and keep grinding out the results.”

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