DALROD Peterborough Islanders - 2
Chelmsford Warriors - 3
After their defeat the week before, the Islanders welcomed the Warriors to Bretton, hoping to turn the tables and at least postpone the warriors league title. Unfortunately, in a very tight match, the Isles were unable to hold the Warriors off.
The game started in a similar fashion to the prior week. Both teams came out hard and the game seemed to flow. The Isles were denied early on by the quick glove of Phillips, but kept pressing. It was, however, the Warriors that struck first through Brandon Ayliffe 11 minutes in. Sylvester's breakaway pass let Ayliffe in on goal and he unleashed a shot that Lane was unable to kick away.
Referee Will Hewitt allowed the game to flow but no more goals were scored. The Isles went into the break 1-0 down.
The second period started with the Warriors controlling the run of play for the first few minutes but, the Isles composure was regained, when Shaun Yardley slotted home the equaliser 5 minutes into the period. Then, just five minutes later, Nathan Pollard gave the Islanders the lead, after James White fed him a beautiful pass to pick up his second assist.
Perhaps an element of overconfidence crept in, or perhaps the Warriors desire to secure the title was too strong, but the lead lasted just 1 minute before Ayliffe tied the game up with his second goal. Then, the Warriors capitalised on their momentum and put in their third just two minutes later.
35 minutes of play had passed with 5 goals and no penalties. However, Clint Herring took exception to Cowan’s two handed slash on Dan Lane. A check to the head gave Herring ten minutes to warm the bench in the Islanders penalty box. Both Herring and Cowan also got two minutes for slashing. Despite power plays for either side in the period, the score remained unchanged.
The third period was slightly more flat. There were a few good runs of play on either side but nothing overly exciting. The Islanders did not even have a real chance to pull Lane for the extra attacker until 9 seconds from the end.
The result means that Chelmsford finish top of the league and the Islanders second, regardless of the results of the last few games of the season.
The rivalry may not yet be done however. Both teams will play in the cup finals weekend and will go into playoffs with the top teams from the NIHL2 West league. If both teams can be victorious they will meet again to fight for another trophy (or two).
The Islanders last league game will be against the London Racers on Saturday. Both teams have secured their spots in the league however and will simply be playing for pride.