FRUSTRATIONS hit boiling point on Saturday night as Manchester Phoenix were shut out in Altrincham against Bracknell.
Tony Hand’s side produced a dismal performance against a tricky Bracknell side who contained the title chasing Phoenix as they went down to their second home loss in a week.
After producing some good early chances, Phoenix went behind to two second period strikes off bad mistakes by the home side.
First Lukas Smital picked up a rebound off a Jorge El-Hage save in the Phoenix net and smashed home for the visitors to take the lead, then a defensive lapse allowed Martin Masa to double the Bee’s lead with an easy tap in finish.
Phoenix tried to make an impression on the game in the final period, but were unable to create many clear chances and Carl Ambler in the Bracknell net was equal to anything the Phoenix front line could throw at him.
With Phoenix struggling, frustrations took their toll and Andy McKinney took exception to a vicious slash from Bracknell’s Sam Oakford and the two came to blows before defenceman Ondej Pozivil dropped the gloves with Bee’s James Galazzi.
This however, failed to inspire the home side into scoring form and Phoenix went down to Bracknell for the first time in twelve games against them at the Dome.
Coach Tony Hand said: ‘A disappointing night with us not taking our chances. We just don’t seem to be able to convert at the moment. However respect to Bracknell, they came with a game plan and executed it well.’