Six unanswered goals in the first and second periods gave the Fire a big lead to seal the win against Peterborough Phantoms 2 on Sunday night at Ice Arena Wales.
Fire opened the scoring at 6:04 with a goal from returning forward Josh Haslam who couldn’t have had a better start as he made his season debut. Two quick goals followed from Jordan Powell at 7:11 and then Kris Kasjanovs just 41 seconds later scoring straight off the face-off on the powerplay to end the period three goals up.
Fire extended their lead in the second with three more unanswered goals, including a brace for Jordan Powell at 26:07, a shorthanded goal by Carter Lloyd at 31:04 and a unique goal by Iwan Davies at 35:00 as he chipped the puck in from the blue line for it to bounce in over the netminder. The Phantoms got themselves on the board at 36:14 to break the shutout, but Fire soon answered back with a seventh goal by Rhys Harding at 37:01 to end the period.
With Fire on the penalty kill early in the third period the Phantoms capitalised scoring two powerplay goals, but it wasn’t enough to make a comeback. Fire rounded out the game with a final goal and a brace for Kris Kasjanovs at 56:21 to take the win 8 goals to three.
Netminder Ben Scanlan picked up Player of the Game with an outstanding night in goals recording a 96.70% save percentage to keep the Phantoms at bay and help Fire secure the 2 points.
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Check out the game highlights presented by Standing Room Only on Radio Cardiff 98.7FM with commentary by Ollie Hampson. Chris O’Brien also caught up with Head Coach Mark Cuddihy following the win.
Video: Charlie Skinner | Photos: James Assinder