DALROD Peterborough Islanders - 9
Slough Jets - 3
In the last home game of the season, the DALROD Islanders hosted the league leaders, the Slough Jets in what some believe could be a dress rehearsal for the Play Off finals in a few weeks time. The Jets came to Bretton with a 100% record this season having not lost a single game so far, however, they were also missing their former EPL netminder, Danny Milton, who was away in Canada.
The first period saw the Jets open the scoring less than 90 seconds into the game with Liam Underdown putting the puck past Dan lane. While some observers may have thought this would be business as usual, the Islanders had other ideas, Connor Stokes equalised 2 minutes later,
Conor Pollard got the go ahead goal just before 8 minutes, five minutes later, a Nathan Pollard solo effort extended the lead four seconds into the power play, (Slough pen - too many men), and Shaun Yardley combined with Nathan Pollard and James White to make it a 4-1 opening period.
The second period saw the Jets storm out to try and retake the game, Brandon Miles with a well worked effort at 21.49, and a defensive slip 2 minutes later saw Miles strike again to reduce the deficit to a single goal. However, after Slough's Andrew Cox picked up a minor for boarding, a second Nathan Pollard Power play goal, assisted by Brad Moore and James White, took the lead back to 2 goals 3 minutes from the end of the second.
The Jets came out with plenty of huff and puff in the third, but were blown away by the Islanders, 21 seconds into the period, James White linked up with Nathan Pollard and Zandy Cleves for goal six, five minutes later the seventh goal came as Connor Hunter buried a pass from Shaun Yardley. The Jets briefly regrouped, until with 5 minutes remaining, Connor Stokes picked up goal number eight and with 2 minutes remaining, Shaun Yardley sealed the deal with goal number nine.
The 9-3 Scoreline reflected the game accurately with the Jets simply having no answer to the rampant Islanders. Speaking after the game, Nathan Pollard told us: "We all knew we were going to beat them and werecapable of beating them, we were unlucky in a couple of previous games against them, and even though they had, (Netminder Danny) Milton missing there was only going to be one outcome for thatgame".
Looking forward to the Cup games in Bristol next weekend: "It's our first chance of silverware this season and the boys are excited to play, we qualified back in December, so it's been a long wait, we all believe we can win it".