Biggest game of the season so far for the Islanders, who went into this game needing at least a point against the Warriors to keep their title hopes alive. It was going to be tough as they were missing key players, Stokes, Wallis, Herring, Long and Turley all missing out for the islanders.
The first period was stronger for the Warriors out shooting the islanders 20-13, and finished the first period with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Oliver Baldock and Brandon Ayliffe.
Second period was a different story, Islanders came out flying searching for their first goal and dominated large parts of the period to put Phillips in the Warriors net under immense pressure but the Warriors man of the match stood tall and made some huge saves. No goals in the 2nd period for either team but the Islanders had a lot of positives to take into the 3rd period.
The Islanders started the 3rd as they finished the 2nd with lots of pressure on the Warriors net, however it was Chelmsford who would strike first in the period, Baldock found some space in the slot and put the puck into the top corner to open up a 3 goal lead. The Islanders were given a lifeline 30 seconds later with a powerplay. However it was the Warriors who would score short handed with Ayliffe finishing off a breakaway. Islanders did the find the net for the first time on the powerplay after James White tipped in a shot from the point. At 4-1 the Islanders knew they needed to get a goal quickly to stay in the game, this eventually was their downfall. Over commitment in the offensive zone led to Warriors striking twice more on odd man rushes through Sylvester and Lay. The Islanders got two quick goals themselves, after a great no look pass from N.Pollard, his brother Conor had no problem with deking Phillips and a well placed shot from the point from Bradley Moore gave them a glimmer of hope. Warriors sealed the game with just over five minutes to go, Sylvester deked Lane and scored the Warriors 7th.
The game then turned sour. Callum Wells deciding to jump James White from the Islanders who clearly wasn't wanting a fight, led to Barlow and Sansby from the Islanders dropping the gloves at the next face-off with Sylvester and Dunnage with Sansby and Barlow clearly coming out on top. There was time for one more goal from the Warriors with Woodford tapping the puck in after a back door pass from Ayliffe. The Islanders out shot the Warriors in the 3rd 19-17 and the shot total was 48-46 in favour of the Warriors, if the Islanders were more clinical it could of been a different result, but credit to Phillips who was outstanding in the Chelmsford net.
Man of the match: James White