Islanders Beat The Racers To Make The Playoffs

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The Islanders were looking for their 13th straight win but were up against a very strong and determined side the London Racers.

The Islanders got off to a slow start and after 8 minutes they found themselves chasing the game after two goals from the Racers, firstly Josh Ealey-Newman left on his own on the slot, followed by Andrew Campbell with a wrist shot into the top corner leaving Lane in the Islanders net with no chance. The Islanders halved the deficit before the end of the period with a goal by Connor Stokes after hard work from Moore and Herring getting the puck to the net and went into the period break 2-1 down.

The 2nd period started like the first and the Islanders found themselves on the back foot again. A wrist shot into the top corner from Ealey-Newman restored their two goal cushion and they looked comfortable. However Islanders captain Shaun Yardley had other ideas, He went coast to coast on the powerplay and cooly place the puck past the Racers goalie.

And the Islanders looked to be going into the final period a goal down, but after some slick work behind the net from Conor Pollard, Stokes put home his 2nd and the Islanders 3rd goal of the game to tie it with just 4 seconds left in the period.

The third period starting tense with neither team wanting to concede, and the Islanders struggling to break the Racers down who were happy to leave Peterborough with a point. However after some dubious calls by the referee the Racers found themselves on a 4on3 power play with just five minutes to go. The Islanders had to work hard to kill the penalties off. But after a great pass out of the zone from Yardley, Pentecost put a shot on net from a wide angle which somehow found its way into the net. The Islanders led for the first time in the match and with just over a minute left it was game over for the Racers as Connor Stokes found himself with room in the slot and put his shot past the Racers net minder to complete his hat trick.

Man of the match went to Dan Lane who kept the Islanders in the match with some terrific saves.

A performance in the 1st and 2nd period to forget for the Islanders with lots to improve on, but they dug deep in the 3rd period and it is the result and the extra number in the win column that really matters.

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