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Manchester PhoenixMANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix recorded a four-point weekend to remain top of the English Premier League.

They edged Milton Keynes Lightning 4-3 last night to back up a solid 5-3 win over in Sheffield on Saturday.

Phoenix dominated their opponents on Sunday but found themselves 2-0 down within the first nine minutes.

The Lightning out-muscled their way into the lead thanks to goals from Leigh Jamieson and Janne Jokila.

But Manchester always had the upper hand on the shot count and were level at the end of the first.

Tony Hand’s feed saw James Archer fire in at the slot and then Robin Kovar continued his impressive start to the season.

Phoenix passed up three powerplay opportunities in the second but Luke Boothroyd blasted past Stephen Wall to make it 3-2.

And the game was sealed five minutes into the third as Hand got a telling tip on Joe Graham’s shot from the right blueline.

Milton Keynes got one back through Stanislav Lascek with five to go but Manchester always deserved to take the points.

The visitors ended the match six on three as Phoenix ran into penalty trouble following a massive fracas which saw Robert Schnabel ejected for fighting alongside Grant McPherson.

The Lighting also pulled Wall for the extra attacker.

Phoenix hung on though and it was nothing less than they deserved.

Michal Psurny grabbed a hat-trick on Saturday night as his side made light work of the Steeldogs.

Although Sheffield took the lead and equalised early in the third, the forward’s accuracy in front of goal was too much to handle.

Andrew McKinney and Kovar tagging on the other goals.

To contact the author email: Mike.Appleton@prohockeynews.com

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