However the away side soon repaid the complement as towering defenseman Robert Schnabel saw his slapshot rocket past Skinns to the top of the net.
Three minutes from the end of the period and ‘Cats forward Aaron Nell soon set about restoring his sides’ lead as a blue line slapshot was deflected in by the second new signing Henri Sandvik for a 2-1 score.
The second provided much the same with goals being netted but this time it would be Swindon who would reinforce their lead. After trying on countless attempts to score close range, Swindon’s Tomas Fojtik looked to slapshot the puck through a screen and beat a blocked El-Hage.
A 3-1 score line left the home side in a strong position to close the period and with previous scorer Betteridge scoring to open the third, Swindon looked comfortable.
Four goals quickly became five as Nell found his first of the night, with a pin point effort over the blocker of El-Hage.
Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 6 – 1 Manchester Phoenix
Man of the Match: SWI – Skinns / MAN – Schnabel
Copy: Scott Gummerson http://www.swindonwildcats.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1114