Raiders Gray dubbed Peterborough defeat one of their best performances

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 November 2018

Raiders netminder Michael Gray (Pic: John Scott)

Raiders netminder Michael Gray (Pic: John Scott)

Everyone Active Raiders netminder Michael Gray feels they put in one of their best performances of the season – despite falling to a 3-2 defeat against Peterborough Phantoms.

A hat-trick from James Ferrara helped the visitors take two points away from the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre on Sunday evening.

Although, the Raiders captain Aaron Connolly and Slovakian Filip Sedivy both got on the score sheet during the match.

“We played really well tonight to be fair; I think it was probably one of our best performances, especially in the third period,” the 29-year-old said.

“We probably didn’t get as much rubber on net as we wanted too, but I thought we defended well as a unit.

“Their goal was a lucky bounce, went straight through to an open player, and the annoying thing was that I got a lot of the puck but it still ended up going in so that was a bit hard to take.

“As a whole, we made some line changes and I think they worked really well, and I think it was a good overall performance.”

The former long-serving Raiders man admitted he is still not sure what happened for the Phantoms second goal as he felt the whistle went before the puck found the back of the net.

“The ref actually blew the whistle before the player had even dragged it round one of our defenders and backhanded it.

“I don’t really know why the ref let that goal count, if he had made a mistake, he should have said I’ve made a mistake.

“That’s a talking point, but at the end of the day we need to keep playing.”

Gray felt a point away to Basingstoke Bison as they suffered a 6-5 over time defeat - despite being 5-1 up was a good result.

“It was to be fair, being up four goals, and we’ve done it a couple times this year – we’re struggling to see out games at the minute.

“We’re addressing things in the changing room and the thing is to go 5-1 up in Basingstoke is still a great result.

“To get a point in there rink and it’s a hard rink to play in, yes it was a downer, but I think that performance yesterday helped us today (Sunday).”

He also praised the Raiders faithful for their support during their bad run of form in recent weeks.

“It was probably one of our biggest crowds, they were really loud and that helps us on the ice.

“All I can say is keep trying to be that loud as it’s like having an extra skater on the ice.

“It helps me out as well, I don’t mind the odd chant coming my way.

“I’m really thankful to all the fans that are sticking with us a lot at the minute.”

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