The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates produced one of their best overall performances of the season to date to gain revenge over the Peterborough Phantoms after falling 5-4 in Peterborough a mere 24 hours earlier.
The main talking point heading in to the weekend’s double header was the release of Olegs Sislannikovs, and the resultant signing of David Norris. Canadian Norris seemed to have slotted in almost immediately with his performance on Saturday night, and all eyes were on him as he made his home debut tonight.
The game started at a frenetic pace, both sides testing Ashley Smith and Jordan Marr respectively. However, it was the home side who made the initial breakthrough. Slick passing between Norris, Jason Hewitt and Bobby Chamberlain saw the latter slot past Marr on the 10 minute mark.
The Phantoms responded, only kept at bay by an inspired Smith in the Pirates net; and indeed the rest of the opening period passed without any additional score.
The second 20 minutes continued in much the same way as the first, both teams playing some outstanding hockey and testing the opposition on many occasions. The period was however broken up with a raft of penalty calls as neither team managed to gain the upper hand, and indeed at the 40 minute mark neither the Pirates nor the Phantoms had found the back of the net.
The third period commenced with the Pirates on a 4-on-3 advantage. Just as penalties to Tom Stubley and Callum Buglass expired to bring the game to 5-on-4, Chamberlain found himself in space directly in front of Marr and proceeded to shovel the puck high over the shoulder of the despairing Phantoms goaltender, doubling the Pirates’ lead inside the opening minute of the period.
The home side continued to exert pressure on the Phantoms net, but found themselves back to a one-goal lead when Thomas Norton finally found a way past Smith after 46 minutes. Unfazed, the Pirates responded immediately. Lee Bonner carried the puck well and dished a perfect pass to Sam Towner, who’s shot slipped past Marr to restore the Pirates’ 2 goal lead a mere 42 seconds after conceding.
Just two minutes later and the Pirates had a forth. A Phantoms turnover in their own zone was punished as Bonner intercepted the puck and slammed past Marr, giving the home team a 4-1 lead with 10 minutes to play.
The visitors continued to test the Pirates defence, forcing some last-ditch blocks as well as drawing Smith into save after save. Smith’s resilience was eventually broken again after 57 minutes when a shot from Alexis Paledek slipped under the young goalie to bring the score to 4-2.
With Marr skating to the bench in favour of the extra attacker, the Phantoms desperately threw everything at the Pirates’ net. However, the home side held on for a well deserved win and 2 points, which launched them up to fourth in the league.
Man Of The Match Awards:-
Peterborough Phantoms – #17 James Ferrara
Hull Pirates – #9 David Norris
Author: Greig Cardwell – Hull Pirates Media Partner