Phoenix Fan Five For Win

Last Sunday evening the Swindon Wildcats took to the team coach, as they headed to Manchester in their second of their two EPL weekend fixtures. Despite wanting to set down a marker prior the two sides’ Cup clash this Thursday, the ‘Cats would eventually fall the wrong side of a 5-2 scoreline come the end of the night’s events.


Although the eventual setback, the ‘Cats would start the evening’s fixture well and after just five minutes of play, Swindon would net the first. A weak clearance by Manchester netminder Stephen Fone would give Wildcat captain Jan Kostal all he would need, as the Czech would find the top corner for a 1-0 game.


An end to end first period quickly led the game into the second and before long the hosts then found a reply. A powerplay chance around the ‘Cats net would eventually land to import Frantisek Bakrlik, who with little hesitation, would fire a rapid shot past the body of Stevie Lyle and tie the scores. Despite seeing a puck go past him, Lyle would display several impressive saves from here, before Swindon’s Aaron Nell would then set up Tomas Kana in front of net to beat Fone with an accurate slapshot.

Good offense would see Swindon push from here but at the sound of the buzzer come the end of the period, the Phoenix would appeal for another tying goal. After a heavy deflection via a screen of players, forward Bobby Chamberlain would claim his sides’ second and see the referee award the effort seconds before the end of period buzzer would sound.


A blow to the visitor’s lead would see a 2-2 scoreline taken into the third and minutes into the period, Manchester would then find a crucial third goal. Play around the away net would eventually see previous scorer Chamberlain find Robin Kovar at the back post for a tap in for the import.

Pressure from the home side ensued from their advantage and minutes later, home captain Tony Hand then netted from an across ice pass to double his team’s lead. 

The final minute of play would then round off the night’s action, as Michael Psurny’s finish through some zonal play would see the night end with a 5-2 home victory.


A tough loss for the Swindon Wildcats will mean only days of preparation before the team return to Manchester this Thursday in the second leg of their semi final of the League Cup. Having drawn 3-3 in the first leg, Swindon will be looking to win outright in Manchester before facing the Phoenix once again on Saturday in a home league fixture. 


Final Score: Manchester Phoenix 5 - 2 Swindon Wildcats


Scott Gummerson - Press Officer