Monday, 24 December 2012

Ghosts of Christmas Present

What a road trip that was!
Travelling with just 14 players (including the netminders) was always going to be a challenge for a Phoenix side full of ailments.
Nevertheless, the signing of Campbell as injury cover proved to be a shrewd decision by Coach Hand.  Derek was all over the ice tonight and, despite the boos and shouting of, "eeyore" at him, he was like a one man hockey team.
Even without Campbell's efforts, Pheonix put on one hell of a show.  Phantoms gave it their all from the start and the first period looked like a fairly even-matched affair.
The gear changed a little in the second period and Phoenix started to push harder and harder, causing the Phantoms' defence quite a few nightmares.
It was the final period that the heart started pumping for the travelling faithful though.  Twenty minutes of breathtaking work by both teams resulted in a last minute bounce to allow Phantoms to equalise and this led to a near heart-stopping period of overtime had every hockey fan in the building on their feet.
The penalties were exciting too because they were all well-worked and a mistake by the goal judge had some Phantoms fans believing they had a goal where they did not.
An exhausted Phoenix side came off the ice with smiles on their faces from one of the hardest-fought victories of the season

On tonight's show, we join up with some of the Phantoms TV crew and James Neil shouts a Happy Christmas to you all.

Click here for the show.

Lovely.

Have a good one!
Ben

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