Match Report: Peterborough 4 Bristol 3 (AOT)

The Dayshift Recruitment Bristol Pitbulls lost at the Peterborough Phantoms 4-3 after 1:59 of sudden death overtime, taking a point out of the game that keeps them third in the league table.

The main talking point from the game was the chaotic final three minutes of regulation time. The game was finely poised at 1-1 as both Ross Miller in the Bristol net and Danny Lane in the Peterborough net stonewalled the opposition’s forwards.

First, Giacomo Raffaelli broke the deadlock to give Bristol’s first lead of the game at 56:29. However, Bristol’s lead would lasts only two face-offs and 26 seconds before they gave up a 2-on-1 break, finished off by Conor Pollard. Less than a minute later, another 2-on-1 break gave Peterborough the lead through Clint Herring and suddenly Bristol were faced with a sense of what may have been.

But Peterborough’s lead would last only 33 seconds before Olly Shone scored his second of the game from close range and send the game to sudden death overtime.

In the space of 1 minute 55 seconds, a deadlocked game had seen both teams take the lead before returning back to its deadlocked state. An incredible burst where the only thing that changed was the goalies’ save percentages and everyone’s fractured nerves.

It’s not as if the previous 56 minutes had been without offence. Both teams put great pressure around the other team’s net with Peterborough frequently playing a man high to try and catch Bristol on the break. But, nothing had prepared anyone for the mad flurry of late goals.

The mad flurry meant that for only the second time ever, a Bristol Pitbulls game would go to sudden death overtime. Both teams went for it and had good chances before penalty shots were avoided when Shaun Yardley broke down the left wing, got behind the Bristol defence and scored the game winning goal.