The Dalrod Peterborough Islanders faced the Lee Valley Lions for the second time this season in their final group game in the cup. Having already won the group the night before after Swindon defeated Bristol, the Islanders were able to rest a couple of players due to injuries and a few others missed out due to other commitments.
After a slow start from the Islanders, Lee Valley capitalized and James Hepburn beat Dan Lane from a distance with a goal that Lane would definitely want back. However the Islanders hit back to equalize with a nice finish from Conor Pollard. The Lions would take a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes with another goal from Hepburn and a shorthanded effort from Chris Fox. Captain Rob McDonald stepped up on the powerplay and sent a shot from the blue line into the top corner to cut the deficit to 1 goal at the end of the first period. The Islanders heavily outshot the Lions 23-7 but netminder James Andrew made some great saves to keep the Lions in the lead.
Scores were level after two minutes of the second period, courtesy of Conor Pollards second goal of the game and the score remained at 3-3 until a shorthanded goal from Brad Moore at 34:39 put the Islanders into the lead for the first time. The second period finished 4-3 in the Islanders favour.
The Dalrod sponsored Peterborough Islanders are excited to announce another signing, this time in the shape of on old face, James Pentecost.
James joins the ranks after a strong start to the season at the London Raiders in NIHL1. James unfortunately had to leave the Raiders, after struggling to balance his work and hockey commitments.
"After having to step down from London, I felt the Islanders was the right move for me to make. I had a great time here last year." The Islanders fixtures are well suited to James' work commitments.
James already has a stellar record with the Islanders; the 27 year old has played 9 seasons for the team, amassing a total of 215 points (2nd in the Islanders all time leaders).
Whilst spending time in Oxford and London in NIHL1, James managed to achieve just under 2 points per game (46 played - 86 points).
James has high ambitions for his return to the Isles saying: "We had high expectations on ourselves last year and unfortunately fell short in the playoffs. By the looks of it, the team this year is even stronger and has even more ambition, so to come back and be a part of that is exciting.I don't expect anything less than three trophies and coming back, my job is going to be to do everything I can to make this team fulfil all the expectation we have."