Lane Makes Consecutive Shutouts As Islanders Continue Streak

Slough Jets – 0

DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 12

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After much deliberation over whether the game would be rescheduled, the Islanders travelled to Slough on Saturday hoping to extend their streak.

The Slough camp, suffering from injuries and players on holiday, including their starting goaltender, fielded a weaker team than normal.

It looked like it would be a long night for the Jets when, after just 46 seconds, Nathan Pollard fired home the Islanders first courtesy of a beautiful set up from Yardley and C.Pollard. However, Slough’s replacement keeper, Print, did not go down without a fight. Consistent pressure from the Isles seemed sure to net a goal but for the next 9 minutes the game remained just 1-0 as Print pulled off save after save. The Jets caught a break early on when Jon Brammall was called for a check to the head but were unable to capitalise on their opportunity.

Islanders Shut Out The Lions In Their Final Meet

The Islanders went into the game missing Craig Wallis and Brad Moore. However they were boosted by the return of James White who hadn't featured in an Islanders game in 2016 so far.

The match started off with the Islanders on top, but after 5 minutes the talking point of the match happened. After a coming together between James White and Lions player James Joseph, Joseph headbutted White who was clearly not interested in fighting him but Connor Stokes flew in to protect White and landed some punches to Joseph that put him on the deck. Joseph was chucked out for the headbutt and I expect him to be banned for several games, Stokes also received a match penalty for roughing. The rest of the period was relatively quiet until 16:32 when a great pass from Nathan Pollard found Yardley wide open on the back door to shoot in the Islanders opener and the only goal of the period. Tipple in the lions net made an impressive 27 saves in the first period.

Islanders Beat The Racers To Make The Playoffs

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.

Islanders Close Gap At Top

DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 14
Invicta Mustangs - 2

A 14-2 victory over the Invicta Mustangs has helped the Islanders close the gap on the Chelmsford Warriors. Both the Isles and Warriors are on 24 points, 10 points clear of any other team, however the Warriors have the advantage on goal difference.

The game started quickly and the Islanders put the pressure on early. It took just 3 minutes for Conor Pollard to find the back of the net. Nathan Pollard found James Pentecost in the corner, who threaded the puck through the eye of a needle, leaving a simple tap in for C. Pollard. This was to mark the start of a six-point night for each of them.

The rest of the period however lacked polish. The run of play remained one sided as the Isles racked up 17 shots to the Mustangs 4. Nevertheless, the Islanders could not get the puck past Invicta’s Grut who stood on his head all period. Whilst the shots were there, the Islanders were not playing great hockey and needed to boost their game.

Islanders Make It 11 In a Row With Final Period Thriller

The islanders headed into the game missing several key players due to other commitments and players stepping up to play for the phantoms.

The first period did not start well for them as they went 1-0 down to an Anthony Baskerville strike after 3:41 his first of a huge 4 goal haul for him. It didn't take the islanders long and after just over a minute they were level again after Nathan Pollard sent a blistering slap shot over the goalies glove after a neat pass from Conor Pollard. The Islanders then had to kill of a couple of Mustang powerplays as Rob Mcdonald took successive trips to the penalty box for charging and Hi-sticking. James pentecost found himself in space and danced around the defender and cooly finished off the breakaway to earn himself a short handed goal and put the Isles in front. The lead didn't last long as Baskerville scored his second with less than a minute left of the 1st period. However there was time for a moment of magic from the Islanders Conor Pollard. After receiving a pass from Mcdonald he toe dragged the defender causing the defender to fall over in a daze and easily rounded the keeper to send the Islanders to the period break with a narrow 3-2 lead.

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