26th of December 2019
WEEKEND PREVIEW: It's Raiders in Town & On the Road to PeterboroughThe last round of NIHL National league fixtures for 2019 see the Trane Basingstoke Bison in action against the London Raiders and the Peterborough Phantoms.
Firstly, we welcome the Raiders to the Silverdome on Saturday, face off is 6.30pm.
Raiders currently find themselves down in 9th place, inconsistency has thwarted their attempts to establish themselves in the top half of the table, with 1 or 2 good wins being followed by 2 or 3 losses. To try and address the situation head coach Sean Easton has made couple of signings recently, bringing in young British net minder Ethan James from Essa Stallions of the CPJHL in Canada, and 26 year old defender Daniel Fuller from Aberdeen Lynx in the SNL, which appears to have had the desired affect, as their current form shows 3 wins in the last 4 games.
Jake Sylvester leads the way in the points scoring, with 28 pts (17+11) followed by Lukas Sladkovsky on 27 (11+16) and Blahoslav Novak on 26 (15+11).
Discipline appears to have been something of an issue for the Raiders, they have racked up 583 penalty minutes in 27 games. Mason Webster is the leagues top penalty taker, his 107 mins puts him just ahead of team mate Jack Flynn, who has picked up 91 mins.
This season's games between the 2 teams shows the Herd leading 4-1 and looking to secure the 8 game series with a win on home ice.
Sunday’s fixture against the Phantoms means a road trip to the Bretton rink, where the face off is 5.30pm.
Peterborough sit 3rd in the table, just 2 pts off 2nd placed Swindon, although having played 2 games more than the Wildcats, and 4pts ahead of both Hull and the Bison who have 2 games in hand on the Phantoms. Current form shows them with 2 home wins and 3 away losses in their last 5 games.
Leading points scorers are Ales Padelek with 41 (21+20), Martin Susters 39 (20+19) and captain James Ferrara 28 (10+18). A big loss for the Phantoms at present is Petr Stepanek, who suffered a collar bone injury a few weeks ago having scored 16 goals + 21 assists.
Discipline wise Peterborough have the 3rd fewest penalty minutes in the league, picking up just 386 in 28 games, with only Swindon (339) and Leeds (380) in front of them. Will Weldon with 54 mins and Susters with 52, lead the way in this field.
As a result of a number of injuries to a few of their D-men, Phantoms recently brought in young Brits Josh Tetlow and Joe Hazeldine on loan from the Nottingham Panthers. Bison fans may remember Hazeldine appearing for both Swindon & Telford in recent seasons, and of course they will know Tetlow from his time in Bracknell.
In the series between the sides the Herd lead 2-1, having lost in Peterborough 1-5 back in September, before winning 5-2 at home in October, and 5-3 away at the start of November.
Fans of both teams know games are hard fought encounters and will expect much of the same on Sunday.
Safe trip to all who plan to make the long journey to the Cambridgeshire