National League Structure 16/17 Confirmed

The League Management Committee of the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) are pleased to confirm the structure for the NIHL North and South for the coming season.

The National League is the second tier of senior hockey under the EIHA umbrella and features 36 clubs from across the length and breadth of England, Wales and a club in south west Scotland.

Both respective top divisions have lost teams at a late stage in the planning process. In NIHL North 1 (Moralee) Sheffield Spartans withdrew in mid July while in the South Division 1 Cardiff Devils formally pulled out at the eleventh hour. An offer of a place in NIHL South 1 was made to another team but sadly could not proceed at such short notice.

Owners Dave & Jo Lane's review on 2015/16 Season

Owners Dave & Jo Lane took a moment to say a few words about the Islanders 2015/16 season...

"2015/16 saw the Islanders bring back some old faces to the squad, John Brammall, Clint Herring & Robbie McDonald all faces that had worn a jersey for the Islanders in the past, and a new face, Craig Wallis from the Nottingham Lions. Our reasoning behind this was to continue with our main focus, to train and develop the up and coming Phantoms juniors, along with supporting the Phantoms senior team by introducing some of our squad to EPL hockey. Connor Stokes, Brad Moore & James White all putting in good shifts and gaining valuable ice time with the Phantoms. We also gave valuable ice time and assisted in the development of some of our under 18s."

"We also saw Callum Medcalf who has come through our junior ranks from under 10s’ to this season playing under 18s’ NIHL 2 and also getting a few games under his belt playing for the Phantoms EPL squad."

"It was pleasing to see an improvement on last season, finishing second in our league, Cup final and play off runners up, this replicated our very own Phantoms season. All in all a very successful season."

"A special thanks goes out to our head coach Stevie Johnson, assistant coach Steve Wren and all our off ice officials that give there time to help support and help in the running of our match days. I would also like to thank our shirt sponsors and all of the supports that have watched our games."

Dave & Jo

Isles Reflect On Positive Season

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Photo Credit: Tom Scott ©

The Islanders season came to a close this weekend with an unfortunate lack of silverware.

The season started slowly for the Isles, winning just four of their first seven matches. The veterans and new recruits had to build chemistry, which put them at a disadvantage going into the season against teams that had played together for years. Plus, with some key players picking up injuries before the season and in the first few games, the team was bound to struggle. The scale of the losses to Chelmsford put the Islanders league hopes in jeopardy early on, but they rallied hard and went on a 15 game winning streak. This put them not only into the cup finals and the playoffs, but also gave them a realistic chance of winning the league. The consistency the team found mid-season was even more impressive given the inconsistency in the line up. Several key players were called up to the Phantoms throughout the season, which meant lines had to be chopped and changed regularly. This disruption however was not exclusively negative. The absence of players provided the opportunity for the Islanders to introduce some junior players into the line-up. The Peterborough set-up is now heavily focused on player development and, as players step up to the Phantoms and beyond, younger players have the chance to begin their senior hockey career with the Islanders. The confidence these youngsters played with this season inspires hope for seasons to come.

Islanders Unable To Prevent Warriors Title

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.

Islanders Too Strong For Mustangs

A short benched Islanders team travelled to Invicta to face the Mustangs and they got off to the ideal start when Nathan Pollard finished off a breakaway with a backhander into the roof of the net. However a penalty called on Rob Mcdonald gave the Mustangs a chance to tie the game, which they took full advantage of and the period ended 1-1.

Islanders were not happy with their first period and knew they had to come out flying if they wanted to win the match. Bradley Moore started the 2nd period scoring off with a tap in on the back door after good work from Jowett and C.Pollard. Just over a minute later Pentecost was open in the slot and after a nice pass from N.Pollard he shot the puck through the goalies five hole. The islanders really were in full flow now and it didn't take long for Jowett to grab a goal of his own after deflecting in a shot from Callum Worthington-Evans. Pentecost got his 2nd of the night finishing off a 2on1 after a nice pass from Moore. 4 minutes later he completed his hat-trick on the powerplay; after some good link up play between Moore and N.Pollard Pentecost stuck a rebound home to celebrate his first 3 goal game of the season. There was time for one more goal to finish the period, and as the islanders were dominating it was no surprise it was in their favour. and no surprise it was in the Islanders favour, N.Pollard put a shot over the goalies shoulder from a tight angle to end the period at 7-1.

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