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The Islanders season came to a close this weekend with an unfortunate lack of silverware.
The season started slowly for the Isles, winning just four of their first seven matches. The veterans and new recruits had to build chemistry, which put them at a disadvantage going into the season against teams that had played together for years. Plus, with some key players picking up injuries before the season and in the first few games, the team was bound to struggle. The scale of the losses to Chelmsford put the Islanders league hopes in jeopardy early on, but they rallied hard and went on a 15 game winning streak. This put them not only into the cup finals and the playoffs, but also gave them a realistic chance of winning the league. The consistency the team found mid-season was even more impressive given the inconsistency in the line up. Several key players were called up to the Phantoms throughout the season, which meant lines had to be chopped and changed regularly. This disruption however was not exclusively negative. The absence of players provided the opportunity for the Islanders to introduce some junior players into the line-up. The Peterborough set-up is now heavily focused on player development and, as players step up to the Phantoms and beyond, younger players have the chance to begin their senior hockey career with the Islanders. The confidence these youngsters played with this season inspires hope for seasons to come.