National League: London Raiders 2 Peterborough Phantoms 5
PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 January 2018
London Raiders saw their five-match winning streak brought to an end by high-flying Peterborough at Lee Valley on Sunday.
Raiders had opened 2018 with a 7-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday night and returned to Lee Valley for a rearranged match with the Phantoms, in support of their chosen charity The National Autistic Society.
The home side played in their warm-up jerseys and the club also held its first ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ during the match, when supporters threw toys onto the ice after the first goal.
And Phantoms, having seen their unbeaten start to the season ended by Raiders in a 6-3 home loss last November, gained their revenge in the return meeting.
Marek Nahlik clashed with Greg Pick early on, with both players picking up cross-checking penalties and the Peterborough man earning an additional slashing minor.
Raiders could not make the power play count, though, and fell behind after nine minutes as Nathan Salem netted with a wraparound attempt.
Nathan Pollard went close to doubling Peterborough’s lead, before Scott Robson was called for tripping.
But Raiders conceded a second while on the power play as former Romford junior Glenn Billing scored a shorthanded goal for the visitors with just four seconds remaining in the period.
Will Weldon netted a third goal for the Phantoms early in the middle session, to leave Raiders with plenty of work to do, but Thomas Beesley hit back soon after with his second goal of the campaign.
Salem quickly restored the three-goal margin with his second of the night, unassisted, and Ales Padelek made it 5-1 in the 33rd minute.
Raiders were unable to capitalise on a slashing call against Robson towards the end of the second period, but did see Jake Sylvester score early in the final session.
It proved to be the final scoring act of the night, though, as Phantoms skated off with the points.
Raiders: Thomas Beesley 1; Jake Sylvester 1; Juraj Huska* 0+1; Julian Smith 0+1; Ollie Baldock 0+1.
Phantoms: Nathan Salem 2+1; Will Weldon 1; Glenn Billing 1; Ales Padelek* 1; Leigh Jamieson 0+2; Thomas Norton 0+1; Nathan Pollard 0+1; Greg Pick 0+1.
Penalty minutes: Raiders 4 Phantoms 8.
Shots on goal: Michael Gray (L) 10-12-4=26-5; Euan King (P) 9-11-8=28-2.