The Mustangs arrival to Peterborough was delayed by traffic and the start of the game was pushed back by about an hour. This delay seemed to affect both teams and meant a slightly slower passage of play at the beginning of the game.
The Islanders had the upper hand in the first few minutes but were unable to capitalise until the 10th minute, when a beautifully threaded pass by Brad Moore found Pentecost's tape and a clean finish lit the light for the Islanders powerplay. Unfortunately this was short-lived as the Islanders found themselves once again frequenting the penalty box. Battling hard through penalties, including 3 minutes of 5-on-3, was little consolation, as seconds after they returned to full strength Invicta slipped one past some tired Islander legs. The first period ended 1-1.
The second period started with the Islanders controlling play, but once again did not yield any quick goals. The consistent pressure turned into their downfall when Connor Stokes unleashed a bullet that struck the post and bounced free. This gave Invicta an opportunity to take the lead. An opportunity they did not squander. The Islanders were able to level the game when Connor Hunter guided the puck into the bottom left corner in the 13th minute, but Invicta went back on the power play and scrambled another goal 2 minutes later.
A breakaway goal from Brad Moore saved the period for the Islanders and allowed them to finish the 2nd, 3-3.
The third period started very strongly for the Islanders as Moore found the net again 1 minute 30 seconds into the period after another penalty kill.
This strong start was ruined somewhat by another collection of penalties, admittedly not all legitimate. The Islanders (and Mustangs for that matter) were confused and enraged by a series of bad refereeing calls and spent a lot of time keeping the bench warm in the penalty box. They racked up a total of 46 penalty minutes during the game.
The game was not given a chance to flow and play from both sides was stifled. It was not until the Mustangs pulled their net minder in the last minute that Nathan Pollard was able to slot in an empty net goal to move the score to 5-3. Stokes sealed the win with a well deserved goal 2 seconds from the end, making the score a much more respectable 6-3.
The Islanders face Lee Valley on Sunday. Face off 17:00.