Phoenix smash and grab to win

MANCHESTER, UK – MICHAL Psurny scored an overtime winner as Manchester Phoenix came from behind to steal two points from Slough. The Czech forward took his season’s tally to four as he latched on to a Tony Hand pass ninety seconds into the extra period. It was a dramatic late winner after Phoenix had been dominated by a faster and more efficient Jets side. The visitors scored off an error in the second minute as the home defence spent too long puck watching. A loose pass was picked off and Darius Pliskauskas smashed it high before Stephen Fone could even set himself. Both sides exchanged powerplay opportunities but it was Slough who should have been further ahead. Pliskauskas tested Fone twice more before Psurny finally landed one on Greg Rockmann. James Archer and Tom Duggan then missed golden opportunities to level it up for Phoenix. In the third period Andy McKinney blasted a backhand high and wide then Duggan pinged the post with Rockmann beaten all ends up. But with the game entering the final three minutes Archer took the puck through the blueline and slotted it low to send the fans wild. The goal was harsh on Slough and it got a whole lot worse when Hand bided his time for Psurny to blast it past Rockmann for the winner. The result keeps Phoenix near the top of the EPL table with 10 points from seven games. To contact the author email: Mike.Appleton@prohockeynews.com

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