13th of March 2020
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Phantoms & Pirates in Penultimate Weekend of NIHL ActionThe penultimate weekend of NIHL National League action sees the Trane Basingstoke Bison playing Peterborough Phantoms at home on Saturday, face off is 6.30pm, followed by a Sunday road trip to Humberside to take on the Hull Pirates, face off is 5.30pm.
Phantoms currently occupy 3rd place with 60 pts from 48 games played, this sees them 4 pts adrift of Swindon and 1 ahead of the Bison, all 3 teams have just 4 regular season games left to play.
Leading points scores for the Phantoms are, Martins Susters with 69 (35+34) from 44 games, Ales Padelek 68 (32+36) from 47 and Petr Stepanek 66 (26+40) from 44.
Their team total of 654 penalty minutes is the joint lowest along with Leeds Chiefs, while Will Weldon with 86 mins, leads Padelek 64 and Stepanek 66 in the individual penalty mins department, all 3 have played 44 games.
Going into the 8th and final game of the series, Phantoms have chalked up 4 wins to the Bisonís 3.
On Sunday Ash and the boys will be making the long trip to Hull and back, the Pirates are 5th at present with 53 pts from 47 games, 6 pts behind the Bison, 1 ahead of MKL, with Sheffield a point further back, although Hull have the chance to close/extend those gaps when they face Leeds Chiefs on Friday night at the Elland Road rink.
Hullís recent form shows wins at home against MKL and Telford, plus defeats away to Phantoms, in addition to home and away losses against the Raiders.
Player coach Jason Hewitt leads the Pirates scoring with 101 pts (44+57) from 43 games, followed by Bobby Chamberlain 71 (37+34) from 37 and Lee Bonner 69 (35+34) from 44.
As a team Hull have accrued 960 penalty minutes, with Chamberlain and Hewitt picking up 156 and 134 mins respectively, Chamberlain is currently serving a 7 game ban which takes him to the end of the regular season.
Pirates lead the 4 game series as a result of beating the Bison twice, while Januaryís 5-2 home win is the Herdís only victory so far.
With play off seedings still up for grabs, both games this weekend have plenty riding on them.