Ice Hockey - Manchester Phoenix v Bracknell Bees

Manchester Phoenix 7-3 Bracknell Bees Bracknell Bees 8-2 Manchester Phoenix TONY Hand’s Manchester Phoenix were handed their heaviest defeat of the season on Sunday and were forced to split the points with Bracknell.

After defeating the Bees on home ice on Saturday 7-3, Bracknell gained revenge the following night in Berkshire handing Manchester an 8-2 battering.

Hand said: ‘We lost some soft goals and did not put away the many chances we created. These things happen in hockey and it is how we respond to this that will be important.’ On Saturday, Phoenix and the Bees traded first period goals, the home sides strike coming from James Archer but a second period blitz saw Phoenix out of sight.

After initially going behind to a Grant Rounding strike, goals from man of the match Andy McKinney, Robin Kovar (2), Michal Psurny (2) and Frantisek Bakrlik, Phoenix were rampant and the only reply came via Bees’ Rounding again.

McKinney said after the home win: “The whole team played well tonight and we deserved the points. Bracknell are tough opponents but we matched them in every department.”

The following night, early goals from Psurny and Hand put Phoenix 2-0 up but they then lost eight straight goals with no reply condemning Manchester to their worst result of the season.

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