Manchester Phoenix extended their winning run to four games with a 2-1 overtime victory over Slough Jets yesterday - the team that defeated them in last season's playoff final.
Late goals from James Archer and Michal Psurny gave Phoenix the points after Darius Pliskauskas gave the visitors the lead after just two minutes after taking advantage of a misplace pass from Ciaran Long.
Slough looked set to take the points until Archer equalised just two minutes from time, with Jets leading for well over 50 minutes of the standard hour long game.
Czech hotshot Psurny had other ideas however and scored the decisive goal 90 seconds into overtime, a goal which sees Phoenix second in the table, one point behind early leaders Basingstoke Bison.
Netminder Steve Fone kept the home side in with a chance as the Berkshire team looked to extend their lead. Opposite number Gregg Rockman didn't have as much to do despite Phoenix spending long spells in the Slough half.
Coach Tony Hand said: "That was an ugly win, but we worked hard enough to deserve it. The goal was a long time coming, but we knew that if we kept plugging away it would come."
Next weekend, Phoenix have a double header with current EPL champions Guildford Flames. They visit Flames on Saturday before hosting their title rivals on Sunday night at the Altrincham Ice Dome, starting at 5.30.
Tickets are available via www.manchesterphoenix.co.uk or on the door.
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