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.
The second started cagily, with the Islanders having the better opportunities. It got to halfway through the period though when things picked up. Mustangs Alix Deviell and Islanders’ Kieron Raynor threw down, both receiving 2+2 at 29:12. However, Deviell found himself sent back in at 33:12, the second his penalty expired, again for roughing. The Mustangs continued to implode after James Laming’s cynical trip on Dan Lane caused a fight that saw N.Pollard sit 2 for roughing, while for the Mustangs, Laming sat 2 for roughing and 2 for the initial tripping, while Mustangs’ Jake Steadman received a game misconduct for 3rd Man In, giving the Islanders 4 minutes of 5 on 3 power play. 2 goals from the Islanders during this period, 35:40 Herring got his second of the game, (ass McDonald & Bavin), and an unassisted goal from Connor Stokes on a breakaway at 38:54 gave the Islanders a 4-1 lead at the end of the second.
The third started quietly, Jake Luton reducing the deficit to 2 goals for the Mustangs, (43:18, Ass Stokes), and just over a minute later were gifted a power play when Connor Hunter was given 2 for hooking, (44:30). Greg Hales sat 2 for the Mustangs, (Hooking 53:00), and just 5 seconds later Connor Stokes picked up his second of the night also on a breakaway, (53:05 Ass McDonald, Yardley). The Islanders’ final goal of the night, Stokes’ completed his hat trick knocking the water bottle off in the process, (56:13m Ass Bavin), lit the fuse for a spectacular finish. An uncalled crosscheck by Aaron Ferris, pushing Barlow into netminder Dan Lane, caused the gloves to drop, and continued provocation led to Joe Wilson leaving the game at 57:50 with a game misconduct. It had no bearing on the result, and the Islanders ran out 2-6 winners.
Man of the Match: Connor Stokes