Saturday 28th December 2019, Face off 7pm, Doors Open 6pm
Tickets available here
Supporters club have a great range of activity including 50/50, Shirt of His Back, Ollie’s Grid, Chuck a Duck and merchandise.
Old foes do battle at Planet Ice for the second time this season when Peterborough Phantoms visit on Saturday to provide hockey fans with a break from the home-based Christmas festivities.
Phantoms are the last team to beat Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning in the city. Since that 4-2 result on November 23 the Cambridgeshire outfit have had a mixed run of form, winning four and losing four of their encounters since the back end of November.
Last weekend Slava Koulikov’s men handed out a 5-1 defeat to Bracknell Bees on Saturday but couldn’t repeat that kind of result the following night when they travelled to Romford and went down 6-2 to Raiders.
Meanwhile Lightning kept up their winning run with back to back victories against Basingstoke Bison – a 3-2 overtime success in Hampshire following a 5-3 home success on Saturday.
When Phantoms visited in November Czech Petr Stepanek was leading the Phantoms scoring statistics, followed by Latvian born Martins Susters and another Czech Ales Padelek. Now Padelek has leap-frogged them both with 15 points over the past month or so – scoring seven more times – for a total of 41 points.
That places him eighth in the National Ice Hockey League rankings, 20 points behind leader Hull Pirates’ Jason Hewitt. Susters remains second highest Phantoms scorer with 20 goals and 19 points for 39 points while local man James Ferrara is third on the club list on 38 points followed by Stepanek on 37, putting those players 10th, 11th and 13th in the league chart.
Lightning’s top scorer is Tomas Kana with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points while Cale Tanaka is three points behind, Robin Kovar has amassed 25 points – 11 goals and 14 assists split between his previous team, Bracknell Bees and Lightning – with Liam Stewart fast approaching them with 19 goals and three assists on 22 points but from just 13 games.
The last time Phantoms and Lightning met Kovar had yet to arrive in MK while Stewart had played a handful of games. Since then the two have struck up a useful partnership. Can they strike again on Saturday to keep Lightning’s run going? Or will Phantoms put a dampener on MK’s Christmas? Find out by being there to watch.
Face off is 7pm and tickets can be obtained in advance from Planet Ice on 01908 540020 or online.