SLOUGH Jets maintained their impressive away record in the English Premier Ice Hockey League and Cup with a 5-3 win at Peterborough Phantoms.

The Jets have only lost on the road once since October 6 and have launched themselves back into contention for the end-of-season play-offs.

Slava Koulikov’s resurgent side took the lead on four separate occasions before eventually securing the win with a fifth goal at Planet Ice on Sunday.

The Slough supremo capitalised on good work from Ales Padelek and Lee Richardson to open the scoring at 11.47, but a third penalty of the match gifted Eric Piatak an equaliser in the 16th minute.

Ciaran Long made it 2-1 before joining Mark Levers in sitting out a penalty spanning the break. Back on the ice, Peterborough defender Levers pulled the sides level at 27.39.

The Jets forged back ahead when Darius Pliskauskas netted between the pipes in the 30th minute, only for Jaroslav Cesky to make it 3-3 with a powerplay strike at 33.53.

With all to play for heading into the final period it was Alan Lack who put Slough ahead for a fourth time at 49.50.

This time there was no coming back for Peterborough as captain Michael Wales added a fifth Jets goal in the 53rd minute.

Slough return to The Hangar this Saturday for the visit of Sheffield Steeldogs (6.30pm face/off). The Jets won their only previous meeting this season 5-3 on October 12.

On Sunday, Koulikov’s side travel to title-chasing Basingstoke Bison (5.30pm f/o) eager to avenge their 7-5 defeat in Berkshire three weeks ago.

SLOUGH Jets suffered a gut-wrenching 4-3 overtime defeat against Manchester Phoenix at The Hangar on Saturday.

The Jets twice led the seven-goal thriller, but Manchester forced the additional period with a late equaliser and stole the points when Frantisek Bakrlik netted against his former club.

The visitors took the lead through Luke Boothroyd after just three minutes, but Mindy Kieras levelled after good work from Koulikov at 5.48.

Manchester were able to kill off the game’s first penalty but were shorthanded again soon after and Pliskauskas made it 2-1 in the 16th minute.

Richard Bentham equalised at 25.22 but Padelek beat netminder Stephen Fone to put Jets in front at the end of the second stanza.

Phoenix fought desperately to level in the final period and tested Kamil Jarina from all angles, eventually beating the Slough stopper through Michal Psurny with five minutes left on the clock.

With all to play for heading into overtime, Slough supremo Koulikov was given a tripping a penalty, and Manchester took advantage as Bakrlik netted late on to secure the points.

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