DALROD Peterborough Islanders 16 - 0 Lee Valley Lions
Last weekend the Islanders suffered a brutal defeat at the hands of Chelmsford, however they bounced back well at home this week.
Lee Valley turned up with just nine out skaters and realised they were on for a tough night very early on. Once the Islanders had settled into the game, the goals began to flood in. Clint Herring opened scoring within the first 5 minutes and both Shaun Yardley and James Pentecost found the back of the net less then a minute afterwards.
Tipple (Lee Valley’s goaltender) faced a barrage of Islanders pressure and was broken again twice more in the period. Kenny Bavin added another goal to his league total and Josh Turley scrambled home another following some excellent play from Billy Porter in the corner.
The Islanders started the second period already 5-0 up and put their foot straight back on the gas as Pentecost netted his second of the evening within the first minute. Nathan Pollard scored the next two and Brad Moore and Clint Herring also scored before the first half was done.
Lee Valley got a rare chance during the Islanders power play. As the Isles pressed hard, the puck bounced free and gave Lee Valley a chance on the breakaway. Dan Lane confidently kicked the shot away and maintained his clean sheet. Brad Moore fired the puck home once more before the period ended, giving the Islanders a commanding 11-0 lead going into the third.
This lead allowed the Islanders to make a goaltending change. Lane was released from his net minding duties for the final period to go and support the Phantoms in Sheffield, who were short of a back up goalie. Leon Groom stepped in between the pipes for the rest of the game and although he only faced a few shots, maintained the zero goals against margin.
The last period was similar in goals to the rest of the game. Yardley scored a shorthanded deke, Hunter slipped in a power play goal, Porter scored two very deserved goals in the space of a minute and Moore finished off his hat-trick before the game was done.
A very short benched Lee Valley battled valiantly till the final whistle and Tipple played like a man possessed for the last 5 minutes, however it was clear the Islanders were at a different level for the entire game. They now have a 31-0 scoreline from their past two encounters with Lee Valley.
Owen Davis picked up man of the match after a very impressive performance for the entire game.
In two weeks time, the Islanders face Chelmsford again in Peterborough. The last encounter was “feisty” to say the least and the Islanders will be expecting to recover some pride after two defeats this season. This game most definitely promises fireworks.