Basingstoke Buffalo - 0
DALROD Peterborough Islanders - 7
The Islanders headed down to Basingstoke for a late Sunday night face off hoping to keep their cup dreams alive.
Fortune favoured the Islanders in the EPL fixtures. The lack of a Phantoms game allowed the Isles to bring in Defenceman Cam McGiffin and Forward Martins Susters as additional support. The two proved their worth immediately. Martins bore down on Basingstoke keeper Lawday and racked up 4 goals in the first period, McGiffin picking assists on three of them.
The whole Islanders team worked as a unit and dominated both the attacking and physical aspects of play. McGiffin, Cleves, Herring, McDonald and Wallis all made noteworthy hits early on. Wallis’ hip check guided a Buffalo player into an unfortunate collision with the bench-plexiglass partition and, as his body wound itself around the pillar, he sustained a sizeable gash across his forehead. He later returned to the game bandaged up and played on, so hopefully the injury is not too serious.
Brad Moore also picked up a goal and assist in the first and brought the period to a 5-0 close.
The second period, and the first half of the third, were a slower affair. The Islanders held back, protected their lead and controlled the game, shutting down the majority of the Buffalo attacks. There were a few chances at either end but none of them were capitalised. The game went goalless for 36 minutes until Clint Herring moved the scoreboard on once again for the Islanders in the 55th minute. This was quickly followed by Brad Moore’s second of the night, which closed the scoring at 7-0.
The Islanders will need to beat Basingstoke again to reach the cup finals, but this result gives them a very realistic chance of progressing.
There were big points on offer for many players. The top points scorers for the night were Susters with four goals, McGiffin with four assists and Moore with two of each.
Man of the match went to Adam Long, who claimed a shutout on his first start for the Islanders this season. An impressive performance between the pipes, particularly when the Buffalo worked hard to try and prevent the shutout in the third period.
This makes four wins on the road in a row for the Islanders and sets them up well for a string of home games throughout December and January. They next face Haringey Racers in Peterborough on December 5th at 17:00. Come and show your support for the Islanders as they look to continue their winning streak.