'Cats Stamp Out The Phoenix Flame

The Swindon Wildcats took their winning streak to four games last Saturday evening, after the home side overcame a visiting Manchester Phoenix in an eventual 4-2 fixture.

Although taking the win this night, it was not all plain sailing for the side as within two minutes it would be the Phoenix who would strike first. An early powerplay would lead to player/coach Tony Hand responding quickest to a rebound and with it, tapping in a back post shot to break the scoring.
However the home side's Aaron Nell quickly drew things level moments later, as the forward would break on the counter attack and shoot across net for a 1-1 game.
Staying in the first period and a 5 on 3 advantage for the away side then bought about the next goal in the 13th minute. Manchester defenseman Frantisek Bakrlik would see his blue line slapshot pass several players before beating netminder Stevie Lyle between the pipes and round the period with his team in the lead.

As the game moved into the second period and despite being a goal behind, it would be the home side who would prove the dominant side after the restart. Although Manchester would look to call a timeout to the slow the momentum, the side would then suffer another setback as previous scorer Bakrlik was then handed a match penalty for high sticks.

Although being on the front foot and landing an eventual 19 shots on the away sides' Declan Ryan in the period, the 'Cats would still be held out and left trailing by the one goal after first forty minutes of play.

However in the early moments of third, a long pass up the ice would then change all that. The home side's Adam Harding would be found on the opposing blue line and after tapping the puck across goal for fellow forward Jonas Hoog, the Swede would earn his first of the night and draw the game level for the hosts.
With just over two minutes remaining in the period Harding then turned goal scorer, as his low and close range effort would make its way through a screen of players and find the net to break the tied affair. A third and defining goal would then be followed by a final fourth for the 'Cats, with Tomasz Malasinski finding an empty net to round off the night’s action.

Swindon will now take to the road on Sunday, when the team head to Peterborough in the hope of extending their streak and claiming a victory over an awaiting Phantoms side.

Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 4-2 Manchester Phoenix

Man of the Match: SWI - Malasinksi / MAN - Ryan

Scott Gummerson - Press Officer