Chelmsford Warriors – 6
DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 5
The Islanders continued their cup quest on Saturday when they travelled to Chelmsford, hoping to build on their strong start the week before.
However, things started to unravel quickly for the Isles when Callum Worthington-Evans picked up a tripping call in the first minute and the Warriors capitalised with a power play goal.
Dale Jowett restored hope with a goal 1 minute later, but the Warriors restored the lead within 11 seconds and extended the lead to 3-1 just 3 minutes later. The score remained the same until the end of the period.
The Islanders found themselves on the back foot from then on and struggled to hit their stride, finishing the second 5-2 down. The goal came from a rebound off Rob McDonald’s shot from the point which was hastily put away by Josh Turley.
There was a strong start to the third period with a very well worked goal set up by Nathan Pollard and captain Shaun Yardley, clinically finished by Brad Moore. The play improved for a few minutes but Chelmsford got under the Isles skin and goaded the Isles into a plethora of penalties.
Spending the majority of the third period short handed, including five minutes with just 3 men on the ice, made it hard for any foreseeable comeback, however they caught a break when the Warriors picked a penalty of their own. Craig Wallis used the space on the 4-on-4 to step in from the point and slot away his first Islanders goal 8 minutes from the end.
Unfortunately the penalties continued to rack up and Chelmsford moved the lead to 6-4 just 3 minutes from the end. A consolation shorthanded goal 2 minutes from the final buzzer by Connor Stokes was not enough to recover any points for the Islanders as they suffered their first defeat of the season, 6-5.
Racking up a total of 50 penalty minutes, the Islanders left themselves no chance of victory and were bitterly disappointed with a dismal display of hockey. The passion was most certainly there in the final period but unfortunately manifested itself in the wrong way.
Faces in the dressing room said it all and this loss will not be taken lightly by anyone. The Islanders face Invicta in their first league game of the season on Saturday and it promises to be an exciting game as the Islanders will be out to prove a point. Face off is at 17:00. See you there!