DALROD Peterborough Islanders - 9
London Haringey Racers - 3
After a string of road games, the Islanders returned to Peterborough hoping to extend their winning streak to 5.
Confidence was naturally high in the Islanders camp considering their recent form and, with the Racers short of veteran Lee Mercer following a recent suspension, the Racers had a monumental challenge ahead them.
The game started more slowly than would have been expected, with no side really taking charge of proceedings. It was not until a section of 4-on-4 gameplay that the match saw its first sparks. It was London that struck first, nine minutes in. However, once the Isles penalty expired and their clinical power play unit got chance to go to work, the game was tied up courtesy of James White.
The Islanders then started ramp up the pressure. Even the racers power play seemed defenceless against the Islanders onslaught. Nathan Pollard picked up a neat shorthanded goal at 16:27 and one minute from the period close Connor Stokes put his name on the scoresheet, ending the period at 3-1.
The second period was relentless, as fans watched as the goal judge lights flash more than fireworks on December 31st. Two minutes in Conor Pollard opened period tally and then the pressure really began to mount. The Isles turned up the heat slowly until the floodgates opened 30 minutes into the game with Pentecost, Stokes and Bavin hammering in goals within a two minute window.
Unfortunately a sudden 7-1 lead allowed complacency to creep in and a few lapses in concentration allowed the Racers a brief foothold in the game. Clayton and Richardson brought the game back to 7-3, before Clint Herring steadied the ship for the Islanders in the 36th minute.
After the second period showed endless pressure, a few breathtaking shifts in momentum and a flurry of 7 goals, the third period had a lot to follow on from. The task proved too much to ask and the only excitement for the rest of the game came in the last 4 minutes.
Jack Sansby dropped the gloves and fans were treated to a tilt between him and Racer’s number 14, Conor Sheehan. A few good punches were thrown until Sheehan decided to tie it up and pull the fight to its end on the floor. This sparked some much needed entertainment in the last period and boosted the Isles home. Brad Moore finished the scoring with the Islanders 9th just 8 seconds from the final whistle.
This makes five wins in a row for the Islanders. Spirits are high and the streak is primed to continue. The Isles step back on the ice in Peterborough on Saturday against the Slough Jets. Face off is 17:00.