DALROD Peterborough Islanders 5
Chelmsford Warriors 8
The DALROD Peterborough Phantoms game was cancelled on Saturday and allowed the Islanders to utilise some of the two-way registered players. Martin Susters and Scott Robson joined the Isles for the Chelmsford cup game, and with the return of some injured players, the team looked very strong on paper.
The game started fairly evenly and both sides made some confident play early on, but it was Chelmsford who struck first six minutes in. Kenny Bavin tied the game up in his first shift of the game and the pressure mounted for both sides. The Islanders were unlucky not to take the lead 15 minutes in, but were denied by a great save from Sonny Phillips and ended up dropping another goal 3 minutes before the end of the first period.
What was a fairly even first period turned into a disastrous second period. The Isles were caught sleeping in the first six minutes, picking up two tripping penalties and dropping 4 goals. The drastic change in scoreline forced a net minding change for the Islanders and Adam Long stepped between the pipes. The change slowed the bleeding but the Warriors struck again 5 minutes later. The Islanders started to create some changes but only Brad Moore was able to capitalise his opportunity. The Islanders ended the period a massive 5 goals down, 7-2.
Just 35 seconds into the third period and the puck was in the back of the net once again, taking the Warriors to an 8-2 lead. Finally the Islanders started to play some hockey and created numerous chances. White, Stokes and Susters all claimed goals, but the finishing was not clinical from the Isles and inevitably the deficit was found to be insurmountable.
The game ended 8-5 and puts the Islanders cup dreams in real peril. They must now win every remaining cup game, including two encounters with the Basingstoke Buffalo who are on top form at the moment, in order to qualify for the finals weekend.
The Islanders need to find some consistency in form quickly or their season may deteriorate very rapidly. The next four games are away throughout November and the Islanders hope for a return to form in their next league game against Lee Valley on the 8th.