DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 7
Lee Valley Lions – 0
The Islanders moved their win streak to nine on Saturday with a win over the Lee Valley Lions.
The Lions arrived with a short bench, despite their recent signings from a few former Haringey Racers. They came up against a four line strong Islanders clan with several under 18 players stepping up.
Having already beaten the Lions four times in the season and, given their recent form, the Isles were high on confidence; too much confidence. After a tight-angle goal from Nathan Pollard 1:10 into the game, it looked positive, but the first period continued very slowly and the Islanders looked complacent. Frustrations rose and Brad Moore lashed out in the 20th minute, picking up a two minute roughing penalty and 2+2 for cross-checking. A deflated Islanders team returned to the dressing room just 1-0 up and well aware they were making the game difficult for themselves. They would have to start the next period on the penalty kill.
The break allowed thoughts to be gathered and a calmer, more focused Islanders team returned to the ice. Brad Moore came out of the box and quickly turned his aggression into a positive influence firing home the Islanders second, after a beautiful set up by Stokes and N. Pollard. Then, the Islanders vicious power-play got chance to go to work. Jon Brammall was next to find the net with Jowett and Yardley picking up assists, but the rest of the period belonged to Clint Herring. Two goals from well-worked enthusiastic efforts and a string of back-to-back hits, which were matched by Brammall, kept the fans well entertained.
The shot tally for the Islanders doubled in the second period with 30 shots raining down on Lee Valley’s James Tipple.
The third period saw the Isles drop down a gear once again and the Lions found themselves with several opportunities. D-men pinching too low, forwards hanging high looking to extend their points tally and a few lazy penalties meant that Dan Lane had to fight off some tough situations. Four breakaways were given up in the game but Lane stood strong and fielded each of them confidently.
The biggest excitement of the game came 56 minutes in, when junior Ryan Fraley unleashed a bullet into the top shelf of the net, picking up his first senior career goal. The under 18s line of Fraley, Dean and Samal had played well all game, pressing hard and playing with pure passion. They deserved more than just one goal between them.
The game ended with a final flourish as Stokes picked out the top corner after a perfect set up from Wilson. The Islanders won 7-0 and kept their win streak alive.
Next weekend the Islanders are at home again when the Slough Jets come to Bretton. Face off is at 17:00.