The Dalrod Peterborough Phantoms 2 are happy to announce their next two returnees for the 17/18 season Conor Pollard is a product of the Peterborough Junior systems, and apart from spells at Wightlink and Milton Keynes, has been playing his senior hockey in Peterborough. In 105 games for the Islanders, Conor has posted an impressive 81 goals and 109 assists, which puts him 4th on the Islanders all time points list. Conor has great stickhandling and passing ability, making him a nightmare for other teams to deal with, and Stevie is delighted to have him back ‘Conor is a crucial part of this team, I think he could be playing at a higher level so obviously we’re delighted to have him back this season, as he is someone you can always depend on.’ Conor scored a goal in his only game for the EPL Phantoms last season and was the top scorer for the Islanders in the cup competition that the Islanders eventually won. He was recognised by his teammates at the end of season awards, receiving the Players player of the year trophy. He is looking forward to seeing what we can achieve next season. ‘Last year was a remarkable year for us winning all three trophies and the team chemistry is the strongest I have ever seen it, I’m looking forward to playing some stronger teams in a bigger league and showing everyone what we’re capable of.’
The Dalrod Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 are delighted to announce their first signings of the season.
Returning for his 12th season in Peterborough, is James Pentecost. After last season’s success James was eager to stay with the team for the 17/18 season. Last season he picked up his 125th assist (plus 12 more) to make him the All-time Assist leader for the Islanders in their final season. A massive achievement for a real playmaker, James has a great hockey brain and is always setting up chances for his team mates. On returning to the team James said ‘I'm happy to be coming back to Peterborough. Last season was such a successful one, we reached new heights together as a team and I'm excited to do it all over again. I'm ready for a really strong season personally and do my bit to win everything we can again. Playing with these guys again was a no brainer, the team chemistry is the best I've ever had’ Coach Stevie Johnson is also delighted to have James back for the 17/18 season ‘He is a natural play maker who opens up opportunities for his team mates. He should thrive this season against better teams’ In 187 Games, he has posted 96 goals and 137 assists and will be hoping to add to these impressive totals this season.
Chelmsford Warriors – 0
DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 8
The DALROD Peterborough Islanders, bolstered with guest appearances from James White, Brad Moore, Scott Robson and Tom Stubley, closed in on the NIHL2 S league title last weekend with a trip to Essex to take on 2nd placed Chelmsford Warriors for the last time this season.
The 1st period started with intent as the Islanders took less than 90 seconds to get on the board as Clint Herring hit the twine first finishing off a rebound on the backhand at 1:27, assisted by N Long & Cetvertak. Further progress could have been slowed by a double minor on Jon Brammall, (7:57, Holding & Roughing), however it was Lithuanian Import Deivid Cetvertak that struck next with a neat finish on the rebound after Bavin had his initial shot saved. Islanders ended the period 0-2 up and in control of the game, despite a later boarding minor on Craig Wallis.
DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 5
Chelmsford Warriors – 4
The Islanders’ second game of the weekend proved to be the toughest league game of the season so far. The side was bolstered with the addition of Ben Russell, with the Phantoms D Man looking to improve his match fitness. It was end to end action from the outset. The first tipping point came after Garry Brown lost his helmet following an open ice hit, giving the Islanders their first power play. Although the Warriors killed it, it allowed the Islanders to build momentum that was rewarded when Shaun Yardley, Assisted by Cetvertak & Stokes, opened the scoring at 10:22. The Warriors struck back during a Leon Groom penalty for clipping, taking 42 seconds to level the scores, Scored Ross Brears with a brilliant solo effort. With less than 5 minutes left in the 1st, an uncalled crosscheck from behind to Connor Stokes led to the Islanders forward receiving 2+2 for roughing for the retaliation effectively putting the Islanders a man down for the remainder of the period. With some strong defending, the score remained 1-1 after 20 minutes.
Invicta Mustangs – 2
DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 6
The Islanders began the weekend with their final trip to Kent of the season where they faced the Mustangs at the Gillingham Ice Bowl.
The game started in an unusual fashion when a long range speculative shot from Jake Luton finding its way under Dan Lane to give the Mustangs an unexpected lead which they held until 90 seconds from the end of the period when Clint Herring evened things up at 18:32 with a shot going in off the pipework, (ass Yardley), followed by Nathan Pollard scoring 35 seconds later finishing off a beautiful tic tac toe play with a smart finish on the backhand, (19:07, Ass C Pollard, Wallis), to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead at the end of the first.