A short benched Lee Valley side icing just 11 skaters and 2 netminders would always have a tough time against the DALROD Peterborough Islanders who are, it’s fair to say, on a roll at the moment. The first period started out even enough until Brad Moore picked up the puck during a shaft change to go coast to coast for the Islanders 1st on a powerplay less than 5 minutes into the game. Just over aminute later, former Flyers captain Kenny Bavin picked up the first of his pair after work from Clint Herring and Callum Worthington-Evans. The first continued as a goal fest with Conor Pollard, Shaun Yardley, (twice), Connor Stokes all got on the score sheet. One interesting penalty, (unfortunately called on the Islanders), saw Jon Braammall called for spraying the goalie, (Goalie interference), for the first time this season. This didn’t prevent the Islanders leading 6-0 at the end of the first.
For the second period started with the Islanders on the Penalty kill with Billy Porter sitting 2 for holding right at the end of the first, and a delay of game call made against the Islanders at the beginning of the 2nd saw the Islanders killing a 5 on 3 surge from the Lions.
Having only faced 2 shots in the first period, Dan Lane saw that in the first 2 minutes of the second but held strong, however, no sooner than had the Islanders returned to full strength than Craig Wallis was given 2 for delay. However, the Islanders defended excellently and within minutes of returning to full strength, Jon Brammall picked up on a Pentecost pass to put away goal 7 for the Islanders. 2 minutes later, Nathan Pollard picked up his first of 3 after a Craig Wallace pass to clear the zone to set him up. A minute later, twin brother Conor put away goal 9. The Lions changed netminders, Steven Grout stepping intothe breach with his baptism of fire coming minutes later when Bavin scored his second of the night at36:07 to make it 10. Despite another 7 shots, Lane held firm to keep the score at 10-0.
The third period saw much of the same, Grout in the Lions goal held firm in the face of a volley of shots, however, during the only penalty of the period, (Brad Moore called for tripping), Nathan Pollard picked up his second as a short-handed goal , and on the same penalty kill, James Pentecost went coast to coast for goal 12. The period, despite the score, was much more flowing and even, the Lions now simply playing for pride saw Dan Lane facing a flurry of shots and still holding firm. The lastgoal of the night saw Nathan Pollard fire home his hat trick from Rob McDonald and James Pentecostat 51:19 and secure his Man of the match award. For the Lions, hard pressed back up netminder, Steven Grout picked up the thoroughly deserved beers for the Lions. Final shot tally, 14 for the Lions, 72 for the Islanders and a score of 13-0 to the Islanders on the board.
Speaking after the game, Net Minder Dan lane said: “All though we have been picking up results we have had a slow start to the season. Tonight we were relentless and we played hard for 60 minutes, itwas a great team performance, the boys were great defensively and although it wasn't one of my busiest nights it's always a great feeling to get a shutout.”
The Islanders are on the road in Chelmsford on 10th October before returning home on 17th October to face the Lee Valley Lions again at 5:00pm.