A valiant cup run comes to an end

The Hive hosted half term midweek action as the Peterborough Phantoms arrived to face the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees in the second leg of the Cup Final.

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Phantoms started three goals ahead following the first leg in Peterborough and despite some good early chances for the Bees it was the Phantoms who scored first intercepting a defensive clearance and Martins Susters netting the first unassisted at 12.16.

Aware of the task ahead the Bees came out and gave a monumental effort in the second period outshooting their opponents 12-4. 4.14 into the period Tyler VanKleef levelled the on the night score as he finished with pin point accuracy to reduce the overall deficit back to 3 goals. Zack Milton brought the aggregate tie to life when he netted with 2.48 to play in the second period leaving a two goal margin in favour of the Phantoms to take into the final period.

Phantoms took advantage of two powerplay opportunities in the third period to bury the game. James White netted at 41.50 while Roman Malinik sat a slashing call and Corey McEwen scored while Joe Baird sat out a late hit penalty. Bees failed to give up and continued pressing for chances but time elapsed with the Phantoms running out series winners and progressing to the final.

Bracknell: VanKleef. Milton 1+0; Thompson, Stead, Mogg 0+1. Net: Skinns (59.53) 15/3 & Milton (0.07) 0/0
Peterborough: Susters, White 1+1; McEwen 1+0; Robson, Stepanek 0+1. Net: Marr (60.00) 27/2

Period Scores: 0-1/ 2-0/ 0-2
Shots On Goal: 27-15
Penalty Minutes: 206-26
Referee: A Hands. Linemen: A Lack & F Sitch-Cunningham
Gamesheet: https://eihams.fixtureslive.com/matchSheet.aspx?fixtureid=2176001

Speaking after the game Head Coach Doug Sheppard said; “We played our hearts out tonight. I’m disappointed with the result but I couldn’t be happier with the way we competed for the full sixty minutes. On another night with a few different bounces who knows? The lesson we’ve learned is we can’t leave ourselves that much to do in a future aggregate series.